Hi, i too am looking at starting my own business, however importing from South East Asia. I have no idea where to begin i know that i want to begin my dream as soon as possible, however i need someone to give me good worthy tips Im looking at starting my own decor,gifts and home wares shop in a local shopping centre. im trying to look into some sort of government/bank loan. i want to start organising a business plan, but its hard to get my head around it. if anyone can help me, i would greatly appreciate it. i think this is going to be the most difficult part, as i know i can make this work and be a success as it is my passion and all i want. Im thinking ill roughly need around $100,000. or is that just a crazy amount?? ive looked into shipments and know that for a full container load its around $20,000 worth of products to fill it and a further $5,000 for all costs involved. for some reason i have this idea that id need 2 or 3 shipments to fill a shop and have enough stock for my first year. i know that i can sell all the products for at least 3 times the amount that ill buy them for. If anyone can tell me if im on a good track or not, that would be great. if i can work this part out, i think working out my other expenses will be alot easier. how do i look up the market research???? i know there is one other shop that will be my competitor, however, i dont think that will affect me and my business that much. who do i see about organising a great business plan?? how do i put all of these thoughts into place??