Estate Sale Business Start Up Guide

By Lanee’ Blunt

An estate sale business is a business you can work from home and the start-up cost is low.  You will be using your skills to market and sell other people’s property. Sometimes you will even be a comfort to grieving relatives that don’t feel up to organizing and selling their loved ones valuables. People may hire you to hold an estate sale for them in which you will do the work of organizing, tagging, and marketing.


Most people are looking for a deal and these types of sales are hugely popular in every community. One advantage of this business is there are millions of people that go to estate and garage sales annually. If you have a knack for organizing and marketing this is an advantage for this business.

Responsibilities and Duties

After you meet with your client to go over the inventory, you will organize, price, and tag items. Your service provides clients the benefit of not having to worry about having to hold their own sale and worrying about how to organize it. You will hold the sell and clean up after it is over. You must provide the client with a list of inventory, what it sold for, and any appraisals that you may have gotten on valuable assets.

Business License

Decide whether you want to operate your business, as a sole proprietor, a partnership, a LLC or a corporation. Even if you are planning to run your business as a home based business you are going to need a business license. Obtain a business licensed from the county clerk office if you are going to run your business as a sole proprietorship or a DBA this allows you to conduct business in your business name. You are going to need a seller’s permit from your local government agency because this will allow you to collect sales taxes. Hiring employees requires that you have a tax ID number EIN. You will need to have your business bonded because your clients will fill more comfortable with you if you are, because if you are handling items that were once their loved ones and it is best that you and your employees are bonded.

Business contract

Before you conduct any business it is going to be necessary for you to have a contract signed before you begin working. You will need to write down exactly what your client can expect from you. You will need to document what you will be selling, what hours you will be working and how long it is going to take you to organize the items, what you will be cleaning, and the price you will charge and any materials that you will be furnishing. Type the contract up and sign and date it and have the client sign before you begin working.


You will be responsible for advertising the estate sale. Put an ad in the local paper at least a week before the event. Make sure that you have a catchy headline and list some of the items that you will be selling. You will need to advertise online also for example put an ad on Craigslist, Oodle, and eBay Classifieds. Use social media to post news about your upcoming sale. Have flyers printed up and pass them out or put them on bulletin boards around the community.

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