"Do not let fear get in the way of success - the fear of failure is the reason no one follows their dreams."
If this is your dream - Do it.
I do not have 1000% figured out, but who does?
It may be a leased building, or a heated garage, or a bedroom in my house, or an old pig barn. Never know... Anyways, I do intend to open a store in the next few years....
You may have come up with answers to these already, so disregard this if you've done this.... Short term, what is feasible in terms of budgets and finances. How much will it cost to set up shop in these places? Rent, heating, electricity, etc. Will you advertise locally? Etc. Do you have the initial start up money for these? If not, how can you get it?
Can you network with people, or other small business owners? Maybe you could trade something that you have for something they can offer you... For example, say someone has a local florist shop. Maybe he/she can supply you with aquatic plants for a good price, and in return, you set up and maintain a small tank of colorful fish in the florist shop. (OK, maybe not the greatest specific suggestion, but be creative with it.)
I have three 5 gallons, five 10 gallons, a 40 long, a 30 regular, plus numerous under 3 gallons. Slowly I have collected more heaters, filters, fake plants and live plants.
I've gotten a spawn of 229 (remaining) fry, plus will be working on Crowntails and Double Crowns next. not to mention Doubletails, Halfmoons, and Dumbos. That is just the start.... Ebony Bettas
is just the start. I will eventually work on fish that are livebearers (platys, mollies, balloon mollies, fancy guppies, etc) then make my way to danios and other egg layers.
What about propagating and selling plants, too? Is there any benefit to showing your bettas? (Think about your targeted buyers: some people don't care, others want a 'pedigree.')
Do you want people to think of something specific when they hear "Ebony Bettas?" If so, how can you works towards this? And is making a very specific goal going to change your buyer demographics in a way that you want? (ie: some people are willing to pay for a unique betta. Others prefer to wait until Petsmart/Petco has a sale. Which of these groups will you try to reach? Or can you find a way to get BOTH groups to buy your fish?)
Also, how are you going to protect your stock? (What if the power goes out during the winter? Or the summer? Etc.)
If anyone has any ideas to throw out there (types of tanks, stands, selling live plants, or educational purposes, energy saving ideas aka electricity, water, etc) go ahead and post
You could contact schools, and ask about putting an educational tank on display. (Think about the stuff you'd see at an aquarium. Next to the tanks are informational posters that talk about the fish, or its environment.)
If you can get kids excited about this, they'll want fish of their own.... (Will you eventually sell the supplies, such as tanks, heaters, etc?)
Also, what do you know about the financial aspects of business? Will you need to pay taxes? Get a business license? If you need to learn more, who can you ask? (Maybe a local college offers a course for small business owners?)
Oh! I may also do sketches for money to go towards breeding to be able to have more time focused on breeding. Depending what else I can find, I may do things like jewellery, sewing, cross-stitch, sculptures, etc.
Definitely! If you have this sort of talent, do it.