How I Got Here?

My story is a little different from most. My business started out online. Not in farmers markets, not in craft stores but online only. Today I am looking at opening my very first retail soap shop in 90 Days. There is something crazy about realizing that I am just 3 short months from taking this dream from my dining room to a physical store. There is a lot to get done over the next few months including: space planning, inventory, employees, marketing and finances.

Check back here to see the progress of moving from the Dining Room to the Store Front in 3 months.

Here is the Live Stream when I realized oh shoot we are 3 months away.

How does it feel?

Overwhelming…yes

Exciting…absolutely

Nerve Wrecking…truly

With the range of emotions there comes a surge of highs and lows. I don't know what I don't know and I've decided to approach this like everything else which is ONE BITE at a time. These are the high level areas I will be focused on over the next few weeks with a plan to execute in parallel.

1. Legal

2. Financial

3. Inventory

4. Store Layout and Setup

5. Staffing

6. Marketing and Promotions

Of course these are not going to happen one behind the other but they are the areas of focus. For those areas where I have no experience, I will seek guidance from other stores in the area, SBA, Chamber of Commerce along with my very small group of trusted advisors.

Stay tuned for my journey into a physical store owner over the next 90 days. If you have also been on a similar journey, what would you suggest or potential gotchas I should look out for?

Until next time…