We have quite a few dreamers amongst us as a species, people who dream of big money, big business, and big corporations. What we do lack however, are realists, and people who actually do things rather than dream about them. Of course, it is always nice to get lost in the comforting world of “what if” scenarios, thinking about just how amazing you could get this or that business off the ground, but something which is even nicer is actually running a business and successfully making money from it.
With some common sense and a bit of effort, just about anyone could open up their own store of some kind. Be it a general foodstore, hardware store, or just about anything else you can think of, the worst part is finding a vessel for your shop. Now, since we are currently living in the borderline-cyber age, shops can be both physical and virtual, both being as effective as each other.
The Traditional And Tested Way
The shop, a business model which has been tested more than probably any other business model in the world. With such a high success rate, and relatively easy starting up requirements, it is often the go-to business for the average entrepreneur. Be it selling mobile phones and various electronics, or a convenience store with just about everything you would expect to find in a corner store, the worst part of getting the whole thing organised is most definitely the venue.
Bigger cities definitely value its area, to a possibly unhealthy extent in fact, and paying big bucks for mediocre property is not exactly uncommon. This is where you can get a bit creative and strike yourself a bargain or two. Instead of buying premier locations that are freshly furnished and painted, you can go for a random rundown piece of property which has been around since what seems like forever, and no one bothered to finally renovate it.
Even though it may seem like willingly stepping on a landmine, at this point, chances are the person selling it would be glad for you to take it off their hands. After making a deal and getting some especially cost-effective property, you can start getting it to a presentable shape with the help of a few usual suspects. The cure-all aluminium walkway cover, a fresh coat of paint, some new flooring, and before you know it it’s going to be good as new, ready to host a thriving new business.
The New And Potentially Better Way
In a physical store, most of the transactions relating to the shop take place on-site. Customer’s money going into your till, sometimes paying the for deliveries when they come, and of course, more potential costs in the form of rent, mortgage or renovating. Running a store online, remedies a lot of the usual shop issues, such as keeping it presentable for the customers, being in a good location, walking to work every morning.
All you need instead is a storage area where you can keep your stock much like a rentable warehouse, and if you have a relatively sizeable garage, then you could already be a step ahead. Taking it upon yourself to stock up and then send packages out to customers accordingly will save you money on hiring staff during your startup phase, and possibly give you that boost you need to get your feet off the ground.