Friday, September 2, 2011

Entrepreneurial Dreams

So the wheels have been set to motion, the cogs are moving and my dream of owning my very own gift boutique is starting to take shape!  I met up with the local SCORE Chapter of Fort Worth and I am putting together my business plan, and am starting to figure out my start-up costs!
Needless to say, I am so super excited, motivated, and just plain overjoyed to be working toward this huge goal in my life.
Now, this is not going to happen overnight.  I'm shooting for an opening in 2 years so that I have time to plan everything out.  And by plan everything, I mean everything.  You need to take every single detail into consideration, right down to what type of floors you want to have.  I expect to be searching for the actual store location, and the loans this time next year.  This will give me time to really work out my vision for the shop, and make sure that I have all my ducks in a row before I commit to such a huge undertaking. 
Today I was just poking around for some display inspiration...here is what caught my eye:
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A Postcard Wheel?  HOW COOL!

I LOVE the colors here.  So unique, and so much character!

 The colors, the setup, the kitsch...LOVE:

Oh LOVE the texture.  There are only two actual display pieces, but you are drawn to look because of all of the awesome cascading fabric...and the colors, do I even need to say more? <3

OMG...Holidays and owning your own gift shop...bring it!

Oh buntings...love buntings:

No words needed for this green awesomeness:

Oh, honeycomb!  YES YES YES!

I don't know how this would work for my shop, but whatever, it's awesome!

I adore these 3D Box shelves...and the items in them!

I love the idea of a whole wall of products, so that I can have more open space on the floor.  I am not a fan of clutter and crowding:

Skylights, dangling leaves...perfection:
 
There is a lot to plan, consider, and think about.  It is an overwhelming amount of work that is going to go into this business venture, but I am so excited and determined to have my very own shop.
I'll keep you all posted with my baby steps in shop ownership!
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13 COMMENTS:

Jade Steckly said... Best Blogger Tips

oooh, I can just imagine how much fun you'll have decorating at Christmas!
I'm your newest follower from the etsy blog team. I look forward to seeing your plans take shape!
-Jade
www.jadesteckly.blogspot.com

Margaret said... Best Blogger Tips

How wonderful! I am sure planning the design is going to be fun, I love all you ideas so far!

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said... Best Blogger Tips

That's so exciting! I hope the planning goes well for you.

I like everything you picked out, so I know the store will look great when it opens!

weird amiga said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, that's great news! It'll be a grand task —best of lucks!

ioana said... Best Blogger Tips

Soon to have your own shop? wow! that is something amazing! Congrats!

Maureen said... Best Blogger Tips

@ioana :) Thank you! Soon to me equates to at least 2 years, but it's going to be 2 years of planning! :)

Big D and Me said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the images you chose - My secret little dream is that I would love to open a shop - have no idea what I would sell so for now I will keep dreaming - congratulations on the first stages of your business

mindianna said... Best Blogger Tips

That's so exciting!!! I'm so happy for you! I know it seems like I'm never going to move to Fort Worth but I assure you I am...it's just taking a LOT longer than I planned. When you do open your boutique expect to see me there when you open! :)
I love all of the photos for display ideas! My favorite is the honeycomb..and that pez wall is super awesome :)

EdenSong Essentials said... Best Blogger Tips

How exciting for you! Yes, it takes loads of planning, but I'm sure you can do it! Congrats on taking that first step.

nikkijoy said... Best Blogger Tips

How exciting! I would love to be able to do this! I wish you all the best and I'm sure you'll do it and have all the most beautiful shop displays imaginable! =) x

Designs by Tenisha said... Best Blogger Tips

That's amazing...congrats! I love the photo of the postcard ferris wheel, that would be a great way to display my cards. I'll have to look into that!

Maureen said... Best Blogger Tips

@mindiannaThe honeycomb is going to fit perfectly with my shop when I do open...I need to figure out how to do it! When you move here, I might be recruiting you to help me :)

Maureen said... Best Blogger Tips

@EdenSong EssentialsThank you so much!

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