All sorts of products have been sold on sidewalks ranging from jackets to fruit. Sometimes these vending stations are semi permanent carts, other times, they are simply vans with the back doors open for displaying their wares. While it may not seem like it at first glance, sidewalk vending can be a very lucrative way to sell wholesale products. While the idea may seem a bit nontraditional, there are several factors that actually make the sidewalks of America a great place to sell things purchased at wholesale prices for a nice profit.
The most obvious benefit of sidewalk vending is the fact that, if the right location is chosen, there will be a fairly reliable amount of foot traffic. However, before you go setting up a vending cart at a busy intersection, make sure to get some vital information first. You will want to make sure that the area has lots of foot traffic for more than once a day and preferably has a steady flow of traffic. Also worth a great deal of consideration is the price point that your potential customers are likely to respond to. If you price things too high, your potential buyers may not be able to afford it. However if you price too low, they may think that what you are selling is of poor quality.
One of the problems you may encounter when using sidewalk vending as a means of selling is the issue of city regulations. While most cities only require you to have a business license to operate as a sidewalk vendor, some cities have them outlawed completely or require special licensing. Make sure to check your local laws and regulations before setting up shop. Also realize you probably were not the first person to think of the idea. Make sure that if there are other vendors in your area, they are not selling any of the same merchandise. Finally, sometimes you will want to operate on private property. If this is the case you will generally need to come to some kind of rental agreement with the owners of the property.
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