Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Third Planet From The Sun
Sena, let me add to the chorus of KUDOS and YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Starting a business, any business is hard, yes, but like you've said and so many others, nothing is impossible.
Google is your friend. Come up with a business plan. Start from there. I Google'd what makes up a good business plan (I hosted a contest for my wife's poorer elementary classmates in the Philippines). Instead of just giving people money they would probably just spend away on McDonald's, etc., I decided to make them come up with a business plan so they could start a small business and hopefully bring their family out of poverty. Anyways, I digress... start with the business plan as this will make you think about what you are doing and jot it down on paper -- which is the most important thing -- get all of your ideas onto something visible that you can see, day in and day out.
The other thing, you will need capital or another source of income that will help you out during the initial "just getting started" phase of your store. Don't expect things to pick up right away, so having an extra cash flow will help keep you open longer until the business picks up and becomes self sustaining and profitable. I'm probably going to get slammed (please be gentle guys =) ), but I have a commercial fishing boat in the Philippines. Anyways, this fishing season has been really bad - one typhoon/hurricane after another... my point is, I still kept my day job and so haven't been as impacted by the bad season as other boat owners who rely solely on their boats for their living.
Also, would you be open to a "virtual petstore" (i.e., a website).. this way, you can showcase your fish/inventory and hit a wider range of potential clients. You don't have to ship cross country, it could just be for the town you are in... you could also offer a delivery service... just throwing out ideas. =)
And last but certainly not the least -- advertise, advertise, advertise. You'll need to find ways to get to your target audience.
Anyways, good luck and keep us posted on your progress!
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