Aluminium Shop Fronts, Windows & Doors Manufacture, Installation, Service, Repair & Maintenance
If you’ve been dreaming of starting your own retail business, you may be put off by not knowing where to start. Success is really all about careful planning, and being realistic in your expectations. Consider some of the steps towards opening your own store in Manchester or Yorkshire:-
A Legal Structure
Do you wish to become a sole trader, limited company or partnership? Do your research here, and decide what is the best choice for you. There is plenty of information and advice throughout the internet on this subject. You can also approach an accountant and business adviser.
Products & Services
Decide what your core products and services will be, many products will require services also. If you sell fridges, you may offer servicing and maintenance or repair too, although this if frequently carried out by the manufacturer.
Pick a Name
This can be a fun part of your business plan, bearing in mind that the name has to let others know immediately who you are and what you offer. Go for something obvious rather than a clever play on words, so that people can find you easily, especially online. Your name followed by what you offer is a good idea such as ‘Croft Double Glazing’.
Shop or Online Store
Think about how you will conduct business, will it be in a store, by phone or online? Customers expect a range of options when it comes to buying, but most love browsing whether online or by visiting a shop. Online stores offer convenience, yet people love to try on clothes or see things ‘in the flesh’ before purchasing.
Design Your Visuals
Whatever you choose for your business make sure it catches the eye, and get the best look you can afford. This means an amazingly attractive website, or a fabulous high street store front. Websites come in a range of formats these days for a state of the art result, looking great and functioning well. An actual shop will attract passing trade, and if the shop front is well designed and stunning, will draw customers in through the door in droves.