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    gettingitrightthistime
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    Hi everyone!

    I guess technically I’m not a new member, I was on here quite a few years ago, I couldn’t even tell you what my user name was…

    So I’ve matured a bit over the years and am taking a different approach to starting a NEW home business. THIS TIME, I want to do it properly! The old one was a home salon, the new one is selling gifts online. With my last venture I just jumped in. The thing was, I knew how to do hair, but was I capable of running a business? This time, I’ll be working in an industry I understand (weddings) but have NO idea where to start. Importing? Suppliers? Target market? Start small or go big? At what point do you look for employees? Will I eventually need/want a warehouse? Do I meet with a business consultant? What do they even do???

    Even as I write this I realise that I’m doing what I ALWAYS do – getting ahead of myself :) I look forward to receiving some helpful advice and hoping I can also contribute and help my fellow soloists :D

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    Start making a plan – download a template online and make your business plan.

    This will give you somewhere to begin in a structured way.

    If you were in NSW I would say to come to one of my no cost Smart Start seminars. http://www.flyingsolo.com.au/forums/networking-events/24542-nsw-government-subsidised-smart-start-workshops-april-may-june-2013-a.html#post157860

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    Hi there,

    Welcome back, and good on you for giving it a second go.

    We’ll be interested in learning what you decide to do.

    In the meantime, please tell us your name so we can welcome you a bit more personally. Calling you gettingitrightthistime doesn’t feel very friendly! ;)

    All the best,
    Jayne

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    gettingitrightthistime
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    FS Concierge, post: 158081 wrote:
    Hi there,

    Welcome back, and good on you for giving it a second go.

    We’ll be interested in learning what you decide to do.

    In the meantime, please tell us your name so we can welcome you a bit more personally. Calling you gettingitrightthistime doesn’t feel very friendly! ;)

    All the best,
    Jayne

    Thanks Jayne,

    I know it seems impersonal but I have recommended this site to quite a few friends and colleagues and would prefer to keep a low profile at this stage as I work in a very small company. I do plan on eventually using my name :)

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    Oh, we understand that situation very well! ;)

    Good luck with all your plotting and scheming!

    Jayne

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    gettingitrightthistime, post: 158004 wrote:
    Hi everyone!

    I guess technically I’m not a new member, I was on here quite a few years ago, I couldn’t even tell you what my user name was…

    So I’ve matured a bit over the years and am taking a different approach to starting a NEW home business. THIS TIME, I want to do it properly! The old one was a home salon, the new one is selling gifts online. With my last venture I just jumped in. The thing was, I knew how to do hair, but was I capable of running a business? This time, I’ll be working in an industry I understand (weddings) but have NO idea where to start. Importing? Suppliers? Target market? Start small or go big? At what point do you look for employees? Will I eventually need/want a warehouse? Do I meet with a business consultant? What do they even do???

    Even as I write this I realise that I’m doing what I ALWAYS do – getting ahead of myself :) I look forward to receiving some helpful advice and hoping I can also contribute and help my fellow soloists :D

    Hi Gettingitright!
    Find some good suppliers and get them to dropship your orders for you – no warehousing needed – then when you get going a little, get some Sales Agents on board (no employees). There is a new member who introduced himself today – they are a sourcing business based in China and are right up your alley. Look for Paul’s intro from China.
    Good Luck
    Brooke (Sales Agent) :)

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