want to start an internet coffee business

wiredup

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I'm looking to start a business online. Any advice on startup, vendors,...etc.? I'd sure appreciate it.
 

Sabranie

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Jan 5, 2006
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Seattle, WA
Do you plan to roast your own beans? My company does drop shipping if you are interested. We just recently began updating our website to include a shopping cart. If you send me a pm I'll be happy to share some of my experiences with vendors/services related to an internet coffee business as well as get you info on our coffee.
 

aafreen

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I'm looking to start a business online. Any advice on startup, vendors,...etc.? I'd sure appreciate it.

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Thanks!
 

eldub

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Hey, I want to sell him something, too!!!

How do I get my five posts to add a link?
 

eldub

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Rose: I'm guessing that new members would simply make ten meaningless posts at once to get the opportunity to add a link rather than making five meaningless posts as is currently the practice.

Imo, this place is largely comprises of meaningless posts made for the express purpose of trying to get enough posts to "market" something to community members.
 

PinkRose

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Hello "Frank_Cannon"

Welcome!

It's always great to welcome new members who want to actively participate in the Coffee Forum.
I hope your first day with the Coffee Forum is a pleasant one, and that you will visit us often.

Rose
 

dstrand

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Apr 25, 2012
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I'm looking to start a business online. Any advice on startup, vendors,...etc.? I'd sure appreciate it.
Hi Wiredup,

Probably the best advice is don't cut corners. Find a great web developer. Enlist the help of a great SEO company, and if you can afford it, hire a great marketing and publicist. Online businesses are a great deal easier to set up than a brick & mortar, but it's still a business. The more capable help you can get, the more you can focus on the core of your business.

Oh, and definitely, definitely create a well-thought out, detailed business plan.

I wish you much success!
 

bcotten

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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.
 

dstrand

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Apr 25, 2012
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SF Bay Area
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.

bcotten has it the nail on the thumb. Or is it, the nail with his head. Or...
Anyway, the only thing I can add, is that you really need to create a top-notch business plan. Ask yourself hard questions and do research. Don't just go through the motions.

Why?

Because, by going through this process, you'll begin to really hone in on what you want your business to be.

There are thousands of online coffee stores. What makes yours special? Why would someone buy from you, when they could buy from bcotten or me? How do you set yourself apart? For me, this is where the fun starts (I need counseling. I know).
 

cafedude87

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Sep 14, 2012
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Santa Barbara, CA
I actually just started an online coffee subscription business as well, and I'd recommend considering Shopify for your online platform (that's what we're using) - very easy setup and little design/coding knowledge needed.
 
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