Hi all! New here at SuN, but really like the site so far.
Currently I work for the local government here, and have now for almost 10 years. But it`s always been on my heart to be an entrepreneur. It`s in my family. Both parents did multiple ventures, ending with a successful cleaning biz. My aunt runs her own screen printing biz which has been quite successful handling only small type orders others won`t do. All around me people are doing their own thing.
For me, I`ve had numerous ideas and did actually start one a while back. I sold aftermarket performance parts for import cars online. In just 4 months, I sold $20k worth of products, but I also got screwed over a couple of times and had difficulty with my supplier not keeping items in stock. Of course then people would call me and curse me out over it. I got messed up by a counterfeit certified check that my bank actually cashed, and after spending my profit, it got caught. So I was then put in the hole pretty quickly and decided I`d stop the business. In hindsight, I just quit. It could have went on, but I quit.
Sadly, I`ve quit a number of opportunities that possibly could have been "the one", before I ever gone far enough to find out. I`ve dabbled in real estate investing, went to school to become a realtor, and had thoughts about a number of other businesses surrounding real estate. I don`t know why real estate has always been sort of a focus, but I guess there`s got a be a reason.
So now, I`m on the road again. This time with one of my original ideas, which surrounds real estate advertising. My idea(s)? A color, print catalog, online website, and possibly video tours of homes. The goal is really to help both the buyer and seller by keeping them from making uneeded trips out to the home and wasting both party`s time. I also plan to allow some local repair businesses and possibly small real estate firms to advertise their services in the catalog.
Other than getting customers, which right now is the time in my opinion while homes are sitting for an average of 9 months nowadays, is distributing the catalogs. My first idea is to deliver them to Wal-Mart stores. I`m sure you`ve seen the free magazine racks near the front doors of your local Wal-mart. Well this is where I`d like to put my magazine. I`ll start in my own city and surrounding communities and work my way further and further as biz picks up.
Of course there`s lots of nuts and bolt still, but you get the jist of my plan. I will work on doing things right this time around and complete. This`ll include having a full biz plan! Which will be needed cuz I`ll be looking to my aunt possibly to help me cover the costs of the first few printings if needed.
One thing I`m needing, are the racks for the magazines, so if you can help there, let me know!
Thanks and God bless.