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How to Start a Retail Business - Free Book


Are you considering starting a Retail Business? if yes, you'll find this free book to be extremely helpful.

This is a practical guide that will walk you step by step through all the essentials of starting your business. The book is packed with guides, worksheets and checklists. These strategies are absolutely crucial to your business' success yet are simple and easy to apply.

The Single Most Important Ingredient for Business Success

The first and most important thing you need to acquire in order to succeed in a small business is... knowledge.

Sounds exaggerated? Listen to this...

According to research conducted by Dun & Bradstreet, 90% of all small business failures can be traced to poor management resulting from lack of knowledge.

This is backed up by my own personal observations. In my 31 years as a business coach and consultant to small businesses, I've seen practically dozens of small business owners go under and lose their businesses -- not because they weren't talented or smart enough -- but because they were trying to re-invent the wheel rather than rely on proven, tested methods that work.

Conclusion: if you are really serious about succeeding in a business... If you want to avoid the common traps and mistakes... it is absolutely imperative that you acquire the right knowledge.

"Why Invent Mediocrity, When You Can Copy Genius?"

That's an excellent quote I picked up from a fellow business owner a few years back. What this means is that you should see what is working and try to duplicate Printing Business. Why go through all the trouble of inventing something new, that you don't even know will ever work, when you can easily learn from and duplicate something that has been a proven success?

[ Note: One of the BIGGEST mistakes almost all new businesses make is that they WASTE tons of valuable time, energy and money on trying to create something "new", that has never been tested or proven... only to find out later that it was a total loss. Don't make the same mistake! ]

Hi! My name is Meir. I'm the founder and president of BizMove.com, a successful internet based information business. I'm also the author of numerous books, mostly in the area of small business management.

I've been involved in small business for the past 31 years of my life, as a business coach, manager of a consulting firm, a seminar leader and as the owner of five successful businesses.

During my career as a business coach and consultant I've helped dozens of business owners start their businesses, market, expand, get out of troubles, sell their businesses and do practically every other small business activity you can think of.
You see, I have been there .... done it ... and bought the Small Business t-shirt! -- This free book contains techniques and strategies I've learned during my 31 year small business career.

Here's what you'll discover in the 'How to Start a Printing Business' book:

How to determine the feasibility of your business idea - a complete fill in the blanks template system that will help you predict problems before they happen and keep you from losing your shirt on dog business ideas.

A detailed manual that will walk you step by step through all the essential phases of starting your business

A complete business plan template. This fill-in-the-blanks template includes every section of your business plan, including Executive Summary, Objectives, SWOT Analysis, Marketing Analysis and Strategy, Operations Plan, Financial Projections and more (a similar template is sold elsewhere for $69.95).

All this and much much more.

Success Tip: Setting Goals

Good management is the key to success and good management starts with setting goals. Set goals for yourself for the accomplishment of the many tasks necessary in starting and managing your business successfully. Be specific. Write down the goals in measurable terms of performance. Break major goals down into sub-goals, showing what you expect to achieve in the next two to three months, the next six months, the next year, and the next five years. Beside each goal and sub-goal place a specific date showing when it is to be achieved.

Plan the action you must take to attain the goals. While the effort required to reach each sub-goal should be great enough to challenge you, it should not be so great or unreasonable as to discourage you. Do not plan to reach too many goals all at one time.

Establish priorities. Plan in advance how to measure results so you can know exactly how well you are doing. This is what is meant by "measurable" goals. If you can’t keep score as you go along you are likely to lose motivation. Re-work your plan of action to allow for obstacles which may stand in your way. Try to foresee obstacles and plan ways to avert or minimize them.

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Here's a Sample 'Executive Summary' for a Retail Business plan:

[COMPANY NAME] will be a sole proprietorship owned by [NAME]. The Company is a start-up as [NAME] will purchase the rights to the existing location for $75,000. Upon purchase of the rights, the Company will demolish the existing structure and build a new State of the Art hardware store.

[COMPANY NAME] will be a standard general hardware store that offers the parts, material, and advice to tackle any home repair, as well as lawn care. The primary focus will be to satisfy the seasonal needs of the area's customers.

The Company will service the hardware and repair needs of the Pickaway, Fairfield, Hocking and Ross County households. The Company would like to increase sales in all market segments above with a concentration of growth in sales to homeowners who do their own repairs.
The focus of this business plan is to put forth objectives to launch operations, work efficiently and effectively, and expand internal operations giving the Company the opportunity to grow with sales growth in the surrounding County areas. [COMPANY NAME] is ready to elevate to the next step. The Company is seeking grant funding in the amount of $600,000. The grant funding will be used to launch operations including purchasing the existing land & business, construction of a new Building and purchasing equipment and displays for the store. Additionally, the Company will purchase the opening inventory, develop a website and launch an advertising campaign.

1.1 Objectives

[COMPANY NAME] has the following objectives.
1. Obtain Grant funding to purchase an existing hardware store and rebuild the retail space.
2. Customer Service - Give our customers the highest quality product and service at a fair competitive price.
3. To create a safe environment for people in the community to come for their hardware store needs.
4. To provide jobs within the community.
5. To successfully manage a hardware store.

1.2 Mission

The mission of [COMPANY NAME] is to offer quality hardware products in a customer-friendly shopping environment. Our customers will get assistance quickly and will leave the store prepared to get the job done right the first time. [COMPANY NAME] will also focus on anticipating the seasonal needs of its customers and providing the best products at competitive prices.

 1.3 Keys to Success

The keys to success for [COMPANY NAME] are:
1. Location: [COMPANY NAME] will be assuming ownership of an existing hardware store. The Company plans to demolish the existing building and build a new State of the Art hardware store. We will have an existing base of customers.
2. Seasonal Products: Each season has it own unique demand on a homeowner. [COMPANY NAME] will focus on this pattern and bring in local customers by marketing these items at competitive prices.
3. Repair/Project Resource Area: The first section customers will find when they enter is a repair/project resource area that they can use to plan repairs or projects. There will be a repair/project resource person to answer questions and direct them to the section of store where the needed products are.
4. In-Store Expertise: Store employees will be knowledgeable in home repairs/projects. In addition, the repair/project resource area will be used to conduct short trainings and demonstrations in home repair and home projects.

[COMPANY NAME]
[NAME]
[ADDRESS]
[CITY, STATE ZIP]
Phone: XXX-XXX-XXXX
[EMAIL]

[COMPANY NAME] will be a sole proprietorship owned by [NAME]. The Company is a start-up as [NAME] will purchase the rights to the existing location for $75,000. Upon purchase of the rights, the Company will demolish the existing structure and build a new State of the Art hardware store.

[COMPANY NAME] offers the parts, material, and advice to tackle any home repair, as well as lawn care. The store's owner, [NAME], has worked in the existing hardware store helping the current owner and customers. [NAME] has built a relationship with the existing customer base.

The current plan for [COMPANY NAME] is to obtain grant funding in the amount of $600,000. 

2.1 Company Ownership

[COMPANY NAME] will be a sole proprietorship owned 100% by [NAME]. [NAME] has been a resident of Tarlton community for over 36 years. 

2.2 Start-up Summary

[COMPANY NAME] will purchase the existing business for $75,000. As the existing structure is in such disrepair, the Company will consider the purchase price as cost of the land.
The following is a detailed cost estimate for construction and start-up expenses of the facility: 

Description

Amount

 1.

Building 10,000 sq ft

$250,000

 2.

Land

75,000

 3.

Misc. Permits, Plans, etc

10,000

 4

Interior Finish

30,000

 5.

Parking Lot & Lighting

15,000

 6.

Shelving and Displays

30,000

 7.

Office Equipment & Furniture

30,000

 8.

Signage

3,000

 9.

Web Site Creation

3,000

10.

Opening Inventory

25,000

11.

Other Expenses

39,000

12.

Working Capital

70,000

13.

Demolition of existing Structure

20,000

TOTAL

$600,000

 Start-up costs and initial financing are shown on the following tables and chart.

Table: Start-up

Start-up

 

Requirements

 

Start-up Expenses

 

Legal

$20,000

Licenses & Permits

$10,000

Demolition of Existing Structure

$20,000

Insurance

$4,000

Signage

$3,000

Website

$3,000

Other

$15,000

Total Start-up Expenses

$75,000

 

 

Start-up Assets

 

Cash Required

$70,000

Start-up Inventory

$0

Other Current Assets

$0

Long-term Assets

$430,000

Total Assets

$500,000

Total Requirements

$575,000

3.0 Products

[COMPANY NAME] will be a standard general hardware store that offers the parts, material, and advice to tackle any home repair, as well as lawn care. The primary focus will be to satisfy the seasonal needs of the area's customers.
Fall/Winter: Weatherization projects.
Spring: Garden/lawn projects/home improvement projects.
Summer: Outdoor building projects.

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