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.
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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