Q&A: How can I start an online bridal shop?

February 26, 2013 | By

Question by Proud Momma: How can I start an online bridal shop?
I LOVE bridal and formal gowns. I would love to open an online bridal shop like some of the ones I have seen. And prhaps eventually a brick and mortar store once I have raised enough money. I have a decade of retail sales experience in brick and mortar stores. I have designed many websites for various things. I don't currently have the capital to open a brick and mortar store, and I don't know how to become an authorized dealer. If anyone can offer any guidance, that would be great!
Thanks for the links and guidance so far. As for the trying it on part. I did think of that. But I am considering the discount angle. (Gotta have an angle). I'm willing to bet there is a pretty good mark up on these items. Clothing in general has a pretty high mark up.

Best answer:

Answer by TM Express™
Associations may be a good avenue to explore. These organizations will address many of the thoughts, questions and concerns you'll inevitably have as well as many you haven't anticipated yet. See the source box for some relevant links.

Research, research, research – this cannot be stressed enough. Read as much as you can about the industry. Here are some book titles that are relevant:

* Selling Online: How to Become a Successful E-Commerce Merchant by Jim Carroll, Rick Broadhead
* The Complete E-Commerce Book: Design, Build, and Maintain a Successful Web-Based Business by Janice Reynolds
* Intelligent Selling: The Art & Science of Selling Online by Ken Burke
* E-Commerce for Dummies by Don Jones

There are plenty of free informational resources out there. Check the source box for links to articles.

Hope that helps! I wish you much success & happiness in all your ventures!

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Comments (3)

  1. al e. c

    well first you gotta get registered with the state and get a business licence for tax purposes and access to wholesale suppliers. then you stock your inventory and list it on teh site. very simple. problem is, wouldn’t most brides wanna try it on? how will you work that out?

  2. waterstreet

    to try on the gown is highly important. it is thru that first look that the bride knows whether that is the gown for her. I know, coz i own a bridal shop. if you are really interested in setting a online store, there is alot you can do. let me help you, email me. By the way, where are you from? Have to make sure you are not from the same country.

  3. stevie

    First you need a domain name and web hosting. Go to http://www.LocoDomains.com they are the cheapest