Sadly, I actually have thought of all of those things. I know my area (and many surrounding it ) could really use a store like this as for some reason the only resale shops in our area are actual consignment shops who seem to want a fortune for all things. As for the landlord part and such I would be paying myself as I will be using my garage for the store. No official around here seems to have a problem with this idea, i think they know that they will still be getting the regular taxes on it and such. Employees and such I got lucky here- many of the employees I will be having are work age family members who want to help out. The store owner debt part my husband and I have talked about frequently. We have come up with what we think is a "fool proof" plan. It goes something along the lines of:
1. having enough "extra store cash" to pay all regular utilities, taxes & the such
2. having enough to cover "bad times"
3.having accumulated enough goods to furnish 2 entire houses and clothe 10 people.
- all of this we want to have down PAT before we even open the doors up.
I know when you sit there read this and think about it, it seems like a heck of a lot to do before opening shop, like I am actually losing out before I even got started, but in all actuality not having to pay for rent, or workers, and having a lot of the necessities already, has seemed to help in this factor. When I sit down and write it all down, with what I have been "gifted" and what I wont be spending out every month has made up for all of the things I, myself, want to have on hand. So im not breaking my bank before opening shop. thank goodness!
Funny I got your post today, because just before I got on here, I was writing up my business and prjected expense plans. As for ebay, i am not sure about that one. Sometimes I think it would be just the same-expense wise- as opening up my own store, as I have been told *sorry if is not true please let me know if i am wrong* that ebay has a high price for stores, and not only want you to pay them to keep your store open, but they want money out of all items you sell also. Like i said i may be wrong, and would like to know if i am. But I would have no problem trying both routes sooner or later. For now i think i will stick to one, and hopefully sooner,rather than never, be able to head online and run a store on there to help people out.
- I am glad to know im not the only one that isnt in it for the money! Nice to know there are still kind, good hearted people out there that just want to help others out. Hopefully this trend will catch on, and in times of need they will also help out.
- i`m not in it for the money, i`m in it for the smiles -