If you have a flair for retailing and can convince almost anyone to buy anything, then you might want to go into big retailing business in a proper way. Over time, it has proven that retail stores or convenience stores are one business that can stand the test of time anywhere in the world.
Starting this business is not as easy as it sounds. To be very candid, no business is that easy to start. A lot of businesses need good management skill, good capital, planning, strategizing, location and so on.
One of the advantages in this business is, you can actually sell it to investors later on and make a profitable gain from it-- if you are able to grow it into a successful venture.
Let's now quickly see what you must do to get started on owning a supermarket business.
1. CARRY OUT A MARKET SURVEY:
Before starting this business, it will be in your best interest to first carry out a market survey. The market survey will ensure that you know vital areas concerning the business. Things like, your competitors, suitable location to site the supermarket, it will also ensure that you get familiar with all the products that are in demand in the marketplace.
2. GET A BUSINESS PLAN:
A business plan is like the blue chip in a business, a valuable asset in any business. As long as you want to go into a serious business, you need to get a business plan because through your business plan, you will be able to decide how to run your business in an effective and efficient way. Your market survey also can serve as a supporting unit to guide you along when writing your business plan.
3. RENT A SPACIOUS PROPERTY:
Before renting any property, there are certain factors that you need to consider. Like, space, price, location - it is important that you site your supermarket in a busy area people can easily access and also in a place where it is little or no competition in the same line of business.
4. OBTAIN A BUSINESS LICENSE:
Right from the start, it is wise to legalize your supermarket business and this can only be done by having it register under a sole proprietorship or a partnership with the relevant government agencies. When you are able to secure your business licenses, you can then get your Tax identification card and open a business account to operate fully as a legal entity.
5. FIND SUPPLIERS:
In this stage, you would need to find and get in contact with the manufacturers of the different kinds of beverages you will be selling in your supermarket. It is better to get direct supplies from manufacturers or even wholesalers, that way you can easily sell at very affordable prices to customers.
6. HIRE DEDICATED WORKERS:
This kind of business is not a business that can be run by one person, you need to employ at least one or two persons to help you run it. When hiring, make sure he or she is honest and will be dedicated to the business. So basically for a start, you will need to hire a cashier and a sales representative for your supermarket business.
7. INSTALL MODERN PAYMENT SYSTEM:
We are in the 21st century, so you need to fully equip your business to today's standard of operation. Get an automated machine and a POS (point of sale) machine for non-cash payments. Having these machines will ensure smooth payment transactions and also ensure proper recording of sales.
8. ADVERTISE YOUR SUPERMARKET:
Once you have everything in place, the next thing do is to start creating awareness for your supermarket. Start by advertising in the local television station in your town, radio station as well and other media outlets. You can also print and distribute fliers to people within and outside your business location.
There you have it. All eight steps to follow properly and begin that journey to financial freedom.