After having dreamed about setting up your own shop for many years, finally doing it can bring on a whole range of emotions. You’re excited, apprehensive, and unsure exactly what to expect. But that’s all part of the fun of it!
It’s a life-changing period and you’ve got to get through the transition to really reap the benefits. So, what are things that you need to give consideration when starting your own shop up? Let’s have a look here…
You need to decide how you will accept payment from your customers, with an efficient, straightforward process. It’s usually best to offer various payment options, such as cash, card, or contactless, as this means that people won’t ever be left disappointed when they do come to pay. You never want to be in a situation where you have to turn away sales because you don’t have the means to accept a certain type of payment. See merchant account services for more information on payment options.
You need to think long and hard about where you’re based, as you want to ensure that it’s accessible to not only you but also your customers. Central locations are usually preferable for this but it does depend on your products. Make sure there is sufficient demand for what you’re providing before signing a lease.
Just In-person or Online Too?
Do you intend on selling your items just in a brick and mortar store or will you also set up an eCommerce site where you can reach a larger demographic? You could start out as an in-person store and then develop into online sales when you’re feeling more confident, or even vice-versa depending on which is more doable for you. Having both options means that you’re likely to sell more items. Try and chat with others who have similar businesses to you, to gain insight on what works for them. You could reach out to them via social media or networking events.
Who Else is Involved
You need to have an idea of whether or not your business is feasible to set up alone, if you’ll need help from close family and friends, or if you are going to hire a team. Start small and see how you get on. If you find you’re making a good income and could do with an extra pair of hands permanently, then explore this. Put out job advertisements and interview candidates to find the right ones. Or, you could officially hire someone you know, but you must be careful with this, as it can impact your personal relationship.
Budget and Goals
You must write down and keep track of your budget and goals. Organization is key for startups, and having all this information from the very start allows you to closely track it. Look online and you’ll find plenty of resources to help you, such as these budgeting apps or a goals template. Starting up your own business is no easy feat, as there is so much involved but if you put the work and effort in, you’re sure to get the outcome you desire. Best of luck!
Founder Dinis Guarda
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