These days, the typical cost of a new car is around the $30,000 mark, so many people, faced with austerity measures and an unsure future job market, are thinking about buying a used car instead.
This is nothing new on its own: there has always been a used car market, but the difference is that even white collar workers who had a dependable amount of job security are entering this marketplace. People are even more loathe to take on a loan than ever before in living remembrance.
One of the results of this is state of affairs is that there is even more opportunity for a used-car dealer to make a very good living. This article and the other three in the series, which have the same title, will attempt to give some advice on how to make a living out of the present market situation.
If you simply want to make an extra couple of thousand, there are a number of ways of doing this, but if you want to make a decent living wage, then you need to set up a company and become your own boss. This tactic can provide an income of several thousand dollars from a solitary sale. One sale a week can soon add up to quite a large annual income.
Working for yourself does bear its own risks and disadvantages of course, but the result is that you take control of your own affairs and decide your own wages within the constrictions of the income of the business. The first thing that you have to discern, as a potential business person, is whether you trust yourself to make the correct decisions more frequently than not.
There are other rewards to having your own business than just the pecuniary ones. There is the academic trial; the independence to make your own decisions; independence. Basically, freedom from having a boss.
However, this can be a drawback for some people: those who cannot work unsupported; those who like to slope off after making a few dollars and other immature kinds of people.
So, what abilities would you need to enter the lucrative used car market? Well, the opposite of those talked about in the previous paragraph for a start. You will have to have discipline and the capacity to study and follow the law, even, or even especially, if you decide to sail close to the wind.
You will also have to have a head for figures and you will also have to have to know the used car market and have a sense for people, both those that work for you and those that buy and sell with you.
This last point is incredibly important, because if you drive someone too far trying to get the most out of the deal, the customer might just go next door.
It is this unique combination of person, technical and managerial skills which will earn you a living and maybe even a fortune. In the next part of this mini-series of articles, we will discuss establishing you used car business.
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