Some of you might have dream of opening up your own shop. Not every shop will take off at the moment you open it. The key is not to give up even if it seems impossible. Make sure that it is something that you love doing and that you aren’t doing it for the sake of doing it. Here are five tips to make your dream a reality.
1. Finding a place
When you are opening up your own shop, you need to pay particular attention to where the shop will be placed. Look for more than just one place. Go around town with someone who knows it inside out or maybe you can hire a real estate manager to help you find a place. The place that you find for the shop should blend in and be suitable to the surrounding it is in.
2. Purchasing new equipment
You need new equipment to furnish the shop. If it’s a café, you could try a second hand furniture shop. But the kitchen equipment should be top notch, since there are standards to be adhered to. After purchasing everything they can be stored at a storage warehouse till you get the place sorted out to move everything in.
3. Finding team members
Once the shop is up and running, you won’t be able to run it alone. You will definitely need a few people to help around. Find someone who will fit on to the culture of the shop and who will be easy to work with. S/he should also be a proactive individual who will be able to run the shop alone by themselves if you are not around.
4. Decorating the shop
The slot you renting or purchasing might not be the design that you envisioned for your shop. Buy new paint and new wallpaper if needed and design it the way you want. Use carpenters if you need new shelves put up and ask them to design chairs and tables if required. This will bring in a new look to your shop. Do all of this before you move everything out of the storage warehouse.
5. Advertising the shop
You could start a social media campaign to put the word out there. This would be the cheapest method of advertising. If you have enough cash in hand, think of planting a few adverts in the papers for a week. Remember to keep the message clear and precise and to use visuals to attract the eyes of the viewer.
In conclusion, always keep your head high and move forward. Don’t feel let down by the small things in life and use everything around you to an advantage to achieve your goals.