How do I start a scrapbook store?

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shelcheese says:

Hi I live in Ohio and have no business owning experience, but know the popularity of scrapbooking. I have no idea where to start, anyone have any begininng steps advice?

Thank You!

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3 Responses to “How do I start a scrapbook store?”

  1. ragmama210
    August 7th, 2009

    I would say start small, maybe with an online store. You can set up a storefront through eBay and sell scrapbook materials there to help you build up the money you’d need to open an actual store. You’ll need to create a budget to determine what kind of brick and mortar store you can afford (rent-wise) and think about where you’d like to put it, and you’ll have to afford all of your start-up inventory, advertising, etc. Checking into small business loans might not be a bad idea.

  2. cali_mum
    August 7th, 2009

    Find out if there is a small business office in your town or in a larger one nearby. They can help with all the legal requirements in your area.

    As far as the sb side…be prepared for the store to cost A LOT of money to get started. I have 2 friends with stores here and start up is HUGE to fill your store with product. Many of the manufacturers have minimums on orders so that will make a difference too…

    You need to know what types or sb supplies sell well in your area…stickers & die cuts or kits? Or do people want basic supplies to create their own pages & albums?

    Also, there have been many good stores closing lately…it’s a hard time to compete with stores like walmart & target getting more into sbing & craft stores like hobby lobby & michael’s. Make sure you do some research into what is already available in your area & how you can bring something different in.

    There is a yahoo group scrapbooking4others that you might want to join…great advice there on opening a business too.

    Good luck!

  3. TradeMark Express
    August 7th, 2009

    Since you’re new to business owning, I recommend doing as much research as you can. I posted some links that should help you to get started. Also, read up on the subject — check Amazon, your local bookstores or library. The more you educate yourself about being a small business owner the better. That way, you’ll be able to move forward in the directions that are right for you.

    Also, check out the competition — their business practices, pricing, customer service, etc. And also think about what you could offer to set yourself apart from these other companies. For instance, are there companies in your area that will put together scrapbooks for people too busy to do so? That could be an extra service you offer in conjunction with the retail aspects. The ideas are limitless — it’s all up to what interest you!

    Good luck! Hope that helps! I wish you much success & happiness in all your ventures!