Starting a business can be intimidating, but push past that and just get started.
I remember our very first customer after I jumped into the furniture business with my wife. We posted an ad on Craigslist and got a call from a local gentleman. The ad was for a TV stand. We didn’t have a place for him to look at it so he was not comfortable purchasing something he couldn’t see in advance. He was very interested in it and loved the price, but was not willing to commit until he could see it. I didn’t want to take the risk of buying the TV stand from our supplier and then showing it to him, but after we got off the phone, I really felt like he would purchase it if we took the chance. So I called him back and said my wife and I would deliver it to him at no charge and if he liked it he could buy it. If he didn’t like it then we would just try to sell it to someone else. He liked that idea so we ordered it, picked it up, and delivered it to him. He bought it from us and was so impressed with our service that he recommended us to a neighbor who ended up purchasing from us as well. That’s how I got started in the furniture business.
The advantage of living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is that three of our major suppliers have a local warehouse so we could post an ad for an item and not have to go pick it up from the warehouse until we had an order. That has helped us keep from investing money in inventory.
We have grown quite a bit in the last 3 years to the point that we now ship all over the country. It didn’t happen overnight, but it wouldn’t have happened had we not taken the small steps at the beginning.
My point in all of this is to say to you “start.” That business that you have been wanting to begin – do it. Get started. Do something. It will never happen if you don’t take the steps to begin.
You might say “I don’t know where to start.” There are so many resources out there to help people start a business. I’m certainly not an expert on every business, but I feel I can at least help point you in the right direction. Feel free to comment on this post and let me know if I can help in any way.