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Things to remember when setting up a shop
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Setting up a shop is the dream for many entrepreneurs. Whether it's to be a small-scale boutique or an enterprise with grand designs and aspirations, setting up a shop is the first step to becoming a bona fide retail magnate.

Before success, wealth and fame comes hard work and dedication, however, not to mention a great deal of paperwork and a world of considerations that many didn't even know existed.

So what is there to bear in mind when setting up a retail venture?

Premises

Firstly, your shop will need a home, and picking the right one could make the difference between success and failure.

Just as with housing, the three most important considerations are location, location and location. Units in popular areas will be more costly but the passing trade volume will be a great deal higher. Off-the-beaten-track areas will be cheaper, on the other hand, but significantly less likely to offer the same footfall.

To work out what's best for your business, think about not just your own financed but the kind of consumers you'll be targeting. If you're going to rely heavily on passing trade and impulse buys, it will be much more beneficial to stump up for a more central location. It'll be pricier but you should see a rise in trade as a result. More specialist stores or those a little more upmarket, meanwhile, can expect consumers to make their way there especially with a product or service in mind. For this, somewhere more remote would be perfectly suitable.

Insurance

Retail insurance is a must-have for business owners who want to safeguard the future of their investment. Everybody takes great care to protect their homes, offices, vehicles and so on, but accidents can happen. Businesses, however, are not as easily replaced as cars or televisions and often are the result of great risk and investment from the owner. For this reason, insurance is a must-have as it will ensure all the hard work, effort and money that went into its creation are not snuffed out in a matter of seconds.

There are, of course, many things to consider when starting up a retail business but ensuring your premises are adequate and also covered is the first step in the right direction.

 
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