My husband and I have often spoken of opening the store I have been meticulously plotting out since I was a kid. If you own your own business, I would love to hear any advice you may have on finding a location, finances, etc.
(When I say "own your own business", I am not refering to those of you who sell Avon, or other such "middle man" enterprises. It is not that I do not think you are less respectable as a career woman or anything like that. It is just that I am seeking advice from women who have built up a business from scratch that required buying or renting a building, getting a license or certificate, etc. Like a coffee shop or real estate firm.)
Answer by Anonymous at 11:22 AM on Apr. 1, 2010
Here in san diego there is a free organization to give advice. It is all very confidential. There are retired CEOs CFOs COOs etc who volunteer there time to meet with people who are trying to start a business. Call the BBB in your area and see if there is any such thing near you.
Answer by Anonymous at 11:34 AM on Apr. 1, 2010
Answer by HotMama330 at 11:37 AM on Apr. 1, 2010
You will need startup money, proof of a support system, a good presentation and a business plan. You can pick up the software programs at Office supply stores and that will outline how to make a submittable plan. Be very careful with brick and mortar startups, and who does your appraisal. GL on your endeavor. These websites will not only help you, but will provide you with free help and a real live person to speak to sometimes in person.
Answer by jewjewbee at 11:54 AM on Apr. 1, 2010