I'm looking to start a business online. Any advice on startup, vendors,...etc.? I'd sure appreciate it.
Hi Wiredup,I'm looking to start a business online. Any advice on startup, vendors,...etc.? I'd sure appreciate it.
It all depends on what you are selling. I used to be a web developer until coffee took over my life like a freight train. I can tell you, having been on the development, and now on the ownership side, it's not easy. But it is certainly doable.
The principles are essentially the same with online and B&M. You have to build one customer at a time - fight for each one. Know your business inside and out. If coffee is your business, know coffee better than anyone. Have opinions about coffee so that you can make your own mark on your business instead of copying everyone else.
In our case, we decided years ago that we would always have a sense of humor about coffee (not exactly common in this industry) and we would only ever sell what we love - no exceptions - ever. That's enabled us to do well consistently. My advice is to make your own mark, do it your way, and become a real part of the industry you are working in. Don't leech of it - join it.
Good luck - be bold.