How to Start a Cash for Gold Business?

Gold has always been a very in-demand precious metal ever since its discovery. It's worth getting higher as time passes by. It also symbolizes the country's worth, as it requires gold to make currency.

You can buy gold for several purposes, like adding it to your assets, selling it in the future to have gains, or even making it your business part-time or full-time. Knowing how to do this business will make your cash-for-gold business profitable.

Starting a gold buy-and-sell business is not as tricky as starting up other kinds of business, as this will not require intense research and costly business plans. It has no start-up cash out and no government license/permit needed. All you have to gather is the information to help you understand how to manage this business.

What you should have:

  • Knowledge to appraise gold – Before engaging in gold buying business, you have to acquire knowledge on how to appraise particular items to determine the gold content of the jewelry and for you to decide how much you are going to pay for it and how much you are going to sell it as well.
  • Gold testing kit – You can buy this from a legitimate gold refinery company.

This should include the following:

  • Acid and a stone for testing the gold content of the jewelry
  • A magnifying glass or also known as a jeweler’s loupe
  • A needle with a gold-tipped used to test the acid accuracy of jewelry
  • Tools used to remove stones and other impurities from the gold jewelry
  • A magnet

Weighing scale – This is essential as you will need this to weigh the gold to know how much it is worth. It is preferable to have a digital one.

Cash - This is needed because you are buying gold from your clients. However, this business is not as risky as any other business because you purchase a tangible and precious item.

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Things to consider in starting a cash-for-gold business:

  • Look for clients whom you can buy gold from. At first, it may be your family members, friends, people close to you, or even your colleagues. Let them know you are into the gold-buying business so they will understand you will buy their gold at a competitive price.
  • Know how to make the pricing. This is where your knowledge in upraising jewelry comes in. It is necessary to know whether or not the item contains or is made of genuine gold. The price will vary based on the value of its gold content. However, gold, such as gold coins, can easily be valued based on the standard guidebook to coins.
  • Identify where to cash out your gold. It is essential to know where to sell your gold at a higher price than how much you bought it to make a profit. It may be a bigger jewelry store, an old coins store, or even a gold refinery.


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    I would like to start a cash for gold business in SOUTH EL MONTE , CA 91733 ,LOS ANGELES COUNTY
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    I am thinking to start a business--Cash for gold, in Baltimore, MD. Please give me details information about this business.
  • Chad said on March 18, 2011
    I am interested in opening a store to buy and sell gold and silver in Omaha Nebraska. What legal and business info do I need to start this and how big of shop will be needed.
  • Neal Brown said on April 4, 2011
    I'm in wheaton, Il and am interested in starting a cash for gold business. Can you send me something?
  • Mars said on April 21, 2011
    why that customers not directly sell gold to big Store? dont they know the price you paid is lower than that big institution?
  • joanna de jesus said on June 7, 2011
    i am interested in opening a store in Chicago, il
  • john smith said on June 17, 2011
    I am in the process of starting a cash for gold business, so please send me additional information via email. Location: Monmouth County, NJ
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  • Ilaria Martire said on August 30, 2011
    Hi I would like to open a Cash for Gold business in Dublin-Ireland
  • melinda noroian said on October 2, 2011
    I would like to know where to buy a gold testing kit in the los angeles area. Would like to purchase this in person rather then on line. Thank You, Melinda
  • Rubina tariq said on December 4, 2011
    I like to open cash for gold in Plano tx location I want to learn how to open a new shop and how to test I need the kit too. Thanks for helping
  • alfredo said on December 12, 2011
    i would like to open a cash for gold store in los angeles california do i need a license to buy scrap gold & do you know about a refinery in los angeles to sell the scrap gold thanks
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  • Theo said on January 19, 2012
    Toledo, Ohio USA. I am interested in starting a cash for gold business in Toledo, Ohio. Can you direct me to where I can find the local, state, and federal regulations and/ or guidelines to start such a business?
  • Kwasi Antwi said on January 22, 2012
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    Hi, I would like to start this business but wondering where can I sell gold after I got them? And how much lower would be expected than the current gold price? 10% 20% 30% ? Thanks
  • Travis said on December 22, 2012
    I have a used car lot that i do the buy here pay here and i have a lot of people always trying to trade me something for a down payment on a car. So i'm thinking of starting another part of buying gold. Where is the best place to sell and has the state of IL. change any laws on having any licensing.
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    Weirton WV. Interested in getting into the gold business. Thanks Jason J.
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    I am interested in opening up an cash for gold business in chicago, IL. Please send me some info
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    I want to start this business at Jane & Finch Road, Toronto. Can you suggest me better location & some tips. Regards Pomy
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    I am located in East Windsor, New Jersey 08520 area. I'm looking to start the cash for gold and silver business. What do I need to do to get started and do I need special training and or documentation living in NJ.
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    Hi I'd like to start a cash for gold & coins Store in Newton, Nj and would like to know what steps I have to take in order to do so. Thanks you
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    I need more information on who to sell my gold to once i buy it
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    From Las Vegas, NV recently moved to Lawrenceville, NJ. Gold buying is very simple once you've had the proper training. However, a lot of other types of goods (diamonds, colored stones, brand jewelry, collectibles, etc.) come into play when dealing with gold and silver. So, being knowledgeable with other goods is kind of a must! In NV I was working at a foundry where gold buyers would either mail or personally take their goods to be melted and/or purchased. As a gold, silver, platinum and diamond broker in NV, I know that this industry is more complicated then just scratching some gold on a stone. However, this industry is very fun, competitive and keeps you learning new things everyday.

    @shannon, foundries(melt in to bars)/refineries(refine metals to pure bars) usually ask for a business license or for a second hand dealers license in precious metals. If anyone has questions email me and I would be more then happy to help.
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    I am looking to start a Cash for Gold business in Bergen County, NJ. What steps do I need to take? I've heard that I would need to be bonded. Also heard fingerprint check is required. Is that only for pawnbroking?
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    what license do I need to open a cash for gold business? do I need?
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