Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Third Planet From The Sun
Start with the business plan. All of the other things such as local requirements, insurance, etc can come after.
There are pros and cons for a brick and mortar only shop but I think you are heading in the right direction if you do decide to also have an online presence. This may actually be a good way for how you start off as you would not need a pretty room that is climate controlled, etc to present what you are selling. Once you are more known and have regulars, then you could then branch out with the brick and mortar location.
Like someone earlier posted, a lot of the pet shops nowadays make their money on the other goods like pet foods and supplies vice the actual pets. You'll have to do the research to see if this is something you MAY have to take into account in your area.
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