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What kind of business?

Once you have finished developing your business plan, and you have a pretty good idea of what it is that you’d like to retail, you’re going to want to decide which type of retail model suits you best. Some common choices are online and store retailing. It is important to understand if you’d like to open up your own retail business, or buy into a type of franchise business. Both of these choices obviously have big advantages and big dis-advantages. It is very important to find the absolutely best location that you can find! Location is everything. You could have the best retailing business, and you could pour all the effort into it, but in the end, it won’t matter if you’re location is so bad that people hardly notice it. The location you choose should fit together with the type of retail you’re doing. For example, a jewelry retail shop would not exactly fit in a suburban strip mall. In fact, that would not make any sense at all. It is wise to check local demographic statistics. These include consumer statistics, and government statistics. Always check local zoning laws. Some business you may not be able to do at home legally.

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Financing your retail venture

Entry costs can always vary drastically. If your business happens to be online, or perhaps home-based, you might not even need access to capital, like a “main-street” store based business. If you simply don’t qualify for bank loans, you might want to just look into a small government loan. However, do not think that the federal government works like that. Federal Government does not hand out free money for small profit-businesses. There is no such thing as free money. When you determine the structure of your business, do you want to go alone or in a partnership? It’s definitely worth thinking about. Families or business partners can help assist you and share the risk, as well as assist in managing, they can even help take care of regulatory requirements in starting, or operating a retailer or business. Always get assistance if you need it. Do the research before attempting anything because the rules vary state by state. For instance, state regulations for a jewelry stores in Rhode Island will have very different regulations than a store in another state. You simply have to do your homework and know the risks.

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