I have been thinking for some time now about starting an online craft supply shop and I am getting closer to that goal by starting to write a business plan.
There are so many options to consider................
1.] Do I want to hire someone to maintain a website for me or do I want to open it on Etsy?
[pro] Having my own website would be nice because I have complete control.
[con] I would have to start from ground zero with no traffic.
[pro] Etsy has a established crafting traffic. Fees are reasonable and website format is already there.
[con] Lots of competition.
2.] What kinds of supplies do I want to carry...... Specialize in one medium or carry a variety of mediums?
3.] If I had my own website would I offer tutorials for any of mediums carried?
4.] Financing....Small Business loan/grants, low interest loan, 0 interest credit card.
5.] storage of merchandise is no problem I have a huge room lined with shelves ready to go.
These are just a few of the ideas rolling around in my head. I have a huge folder filled with wholesalers and contacts and other specifics.
Dreams are great they keep me motivated..................