I will note I dislike the way animals and fish (mainly bettas) are taken care of in pet stores... I even worked in this one here for a school thing.
, I thought, "hey, why don't I just open up my own store in a few years?"
So, here is my plan. Start out with guineas, gerbils, degus, hamsters, bunnies... Parakeets, budgies... NO
cats or dogs, unless
they are adoption pets (strays, surrendered, or working with pounds/spca's) which then the cost will just cover the shots and fixing :) All animals will be handled appropriately which also is good when finding homes.. they are not as scared, or mean (in case of hamsters for instance, the store here never touches them, which then they become mean and intolerant)
Best part, is the fish. My favorite out of all of them. Mainly, BETTAS. guess what? I will have all bettas in a heated 2.5 or 5 gallon tank to themselves (or divided in case of 5 gallon tank, if room is needed). There won't be bowls sold in my store, only tanks 2-2.5 gallons and up. Plus any information given to customers will be fact, not fiction, and there will be reasons as to why some things are done, and others are not (bowls not sold because these are captivity fish, not wild fish who CAN live in pockets of water, but our version of the Betta needs more room than a litre!!)
Personally, I feel a happy vibrant and active betta is the betta to be sold!!! Not a cold, clamped, moping betta who's bowl has five different dangers growing
However I do know I need a lot to get it started... But it's doable, if I really really really want it to work!! Plus I would put all effort into keeping happy, healthy, and friendly animals for people to also enjoy :) No mill animals (I would take only from known people, or specific people, or pounds etc), and no sick, deformed, half dead bettas :( even if they came to me that way... I'd make them better, or not sell them and keep them myself.
I don't want someone having a betta, and feeling the way I do knowing my betta has a tumor :( or something worse...
So, what do you think? :p This I would put all effort into, have the right supplies to use and sell, make stuff of my own, and keep everyone healthy!
I may also add, that my store will not only be useless-bowl-free-zone but a Mellafix and Bettafix free zone as well :) I know all this entitles a lot of research, but hey, it's worth it if I were to have affordable and healthy animals :o