Upgrading your business, to have a physical location as well as a virtual one, is the kind of expansion a lot of entrepreneurs look forward to. If you can add a shop front to your business, it’s a sign you’re working well, and making a good profit, and now you’ve got a chance to prove it to your local economy.
Having a high street or downtown presence is going to bring a lot more people into your business, and it’ll make sure you can capitalise on the tourism sector in your area. As long as there’s room for your company, and a prime location to set up in, every bit of fortune will be on your side!
So let’s make sure you’re considering the elements involved properly. You don’t want to move too fast too soon, and there’s a lot of mistakes that can be made with an on street property.
Get Some More Support On Board
You’ve got a whole new building to outfit properly, and that includes surveying, insulating, decorating, plumbing, and finding a place to put all of your equipment. The shop downstairs is going to need to be spacious and well presented, to entice customers in and put focus on the products you’re selling, or the desks they can sit down at to enquire about your services. It’s going to take you a while to come up with the right floor plan, to make sure customers can move freely and witness the bulk of what you have to sell before they exit the store again. You might need to bring in a professional decorator or a marketing expert, to really seal the deal properly.
The offices upstairs are a whole different matter. After all, this is where the bulk of your administration and internal operations are going to conclude, and you’re going to need a reliable set of equipment to keep the system churning. You’re going to need network support, considering the strain you’re going to be putting on your system, and a phone line to keep in contact with some Managed IT Services. If you can’t afford an in house team, make sure you outsource these concerns. You won’t have the time to resolve them yourself!
Think About Your Staffing Needs
Now that you’ve got a physical shop front of your own, you’re probably going to need a couple more staff members. If you’ve been working alone so far, with no employees or personal assistants to your name, now’s the time to design a payroll, and put a recruiting system in place.
So, how many customers are you expecting? How much stock do you want to shift per day, on average? How long are you going to be open for, and on what days? These are the questions that help you to make sure you’re hiring the skills you need, in as many people as you’ll need.
A shop front is a real upgrade to your business, so make sure you’re setting up correctly.