Advice 1: Is it profitable to trade

Trade is one of the pillars of the economy and the most popular activities in the private sector. To the beginners it is often difficult to decide what to sell in order to gain maximum profit without risk.
There are a huge number of positions and directions in which to develop the sales network. Some of them are attractive large turnover, the other – a high interest margin, third – time profit, the fourth is the relative stability. Many sellers brings the desire to maximize profit without taking into account other important factors. Meanwhile, you need to take into account not only the figures of net profits from sales, but also the storage requirements of product, customer demand, seasonality. In addition, much depends on starting capital which you can spend on the purchase of the first shipments.

What is the store open?

You don't always need to chase the high margins. For example, in trade networks that implement the food, the margin on retail rarely exceed 10%, however, due to the fact that the products are always well-bought, even such a margin is quite profitable. Of course, planning food, we must not forget that it is perishable goods are sensitive to storage conditions. Therefore, you should take care of warehouse and time to get rid of excess goods in the warehouse. To some extent this also applies to household products, although the storage time is much longer.
Hygiene products and household chemicals also are products that are always in demand, but the competition in this field is very high.

Unlike food, clothing and shoes provide the seller higher profits thanks to the possibility of significant (up to 200%) margin, relative to the purchase price. Here, too, is to focus on the average buyer, because the elite brand of clothing though, and provide more disposable income, but are much more difficult. Besides start-up capital required for the purchase of clothing in the medium price segment in the right range, much less than if you work with a premium segment. An advantage of garment trade, is the lack of expiration dates, however, have to pay for it seasonality. Special attention should be paid to children's things to sell them profitably, while buyers will come again and again, as their children grow.

As for the low one-time profit, you should not be afraid of it, if your product is fairly popular, buying in large volumes. For example, a package in the supermarket are rarely worth more than one or two rubles, but given that the wholesale price does not exceed 20 cents, it turns out that the margin amounts to thousands of percent. The main thing – to provide the necessary demand.
Keep in mind that certain types of activities subject to mandatory licensing. In addition, you may need certificates for a particular product.

Looking for the best options

In General, if there is sufficient consumer interest, you can find a lot of "compromise" categories of goods, the cost of which is five to ten times lower than the purchase price, and thus do not need to sell several thousand units to provide an acceptable income. In this respect, the ideal consumers are the children. Even a small outlet near the circus or an amusement Park can bring huge profit. You can sell cheap Chinese toys, cotton candy or popcorn. For example, the cost of a medium Cup of popcorn 4-5 rubles (3 rubles is, in fact, a paper Cup) and sale price – about 50 rubles.

Advice 2: How to profitably trade clothing

The entrepreneur engaged in trade, and dreams that his product was not stale on the shelves, and quickly found the demand. But during the crisis the financial situation of the population deteriorates. Accordingly, people are less likely to make purchases of commodities. It would seem that those businesses which trade clothes, do not worry about this: they say, the crisis of crisis, and any person should every day not only something there, but something to suit. However, the changed conditions cause them to be especially cautious in deciding what kind of clothes is beneficial to trade, and which almost certainly will not find demand.
Nearing the summer season. What clothes should trade, so she quickly found a demand and brought the businessman a profit? Take a look at this question from the point of view of basic common sense. What kind of clothes people will surely buy, even when their financial situation noticeably deteriorated? Of course, first of all – inexpensive. But the word "cheap" in no case should not be synonymous with such words as "bad", "outdated", etc. That is, if the businessman will focus on cheap summer clothes – lightweight pants, shorts, shirts, t-shirts, blouses, light jackets-windbreakers - and clothing is quite acceptable quality, his product will almost certainly be quickly bought up.
For reliability, you should offer customers the same range as last season, of course, subject to the requirements of fashion, and if last summer, the product was quickly sold out.
As for expensive, the more exclusive, clothing – during the crisis the demand for it drops sharply, it is inevitable. Therefore, the share of such product in the range should be minimized or even abandoned for some time before sustained improvement of the financial situation.
And what about children's clothes? On the one hand loving parents in any case will not leave her baby without the necessary things, especially considering that in the summer the kids spend a lot of time on the street. On the other hand in a period of crisis as never just sad saying: "Not to fat – to be I would live!". Practice shows that during the crisis parents are much more willing to accept a gift of worn, but still good baby clothes from relatives, friends and acquaintances who have kids older than will go to the store for purchase. Therefore, to focus on the children's range is simply risky. Of course, it is not necessary to completely abandon children's clothing, but its share your shop should not exceed 10-15 % of the total.
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