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Comic Book Retailing Part 4: I am sorry this is a few weeks late. In my earlier columns, I explained what I think are the basics of business ownership: Then I discussed what one needs to research as they prepare to open up a comic book store.
This is your chance to find out from a young store how to get started. You can learn from my experiences and mistakes, so that if you should decide to do this for yourself, you can get off to a strong start.
If this is the first column of mine you are reading and want to know more about opening your own comic book store, be sure to go back and read the columns prior to this one. Let me once again include my disclaimer: Neptune Comics is not quite three years old yet, so it is difficult to measure whether or not we have established ourselves to be successful for the long term.
These columns are only based on experiences I have had in my one small store in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin suburb. Before opening your own comic book store, I encourage you to consult with other professionals.
In my last column, I gave you a list of things to research: Now you have all kinds of information that can be used for a business plan. A business plan is a written explanation of the business. It is used as a tool for the business owner and managers so they have a model to follow in order to keep the business on track.
It is also a tool for you as a future business owner, laying down the foundation of how you plan to start this little venture and how you intend to keep it going in the future. If you need to borrow money to start your business, you will need to show this business plan to banks in order to help convince them that they should help you out.
Showing a business plan to a landlord can demonstrate that you know what you are doing, have a plan to make money to pay the rent, and intend on staying in that location for a while. If this is your first retail business, this plan can help guide you in setting goals and budgets for your business.
There are a wide variety of options here. When we did ours, we used a computer program purchased at an office supply chain and just modified it and added our data. The program gave us the format to follow, and we could just put our information into it. If you look in the telephone book, there are probably people in your area who offer business services like writing a business plan, and you could give them your information and pay them to write a professional business plan for you.
Just be prepared to pay them, and know that when you need to modify it in the future as your comic book store opens and runs, you might have to go back to them for changes rather than being able to tweak it yourself.
His rates and details are on his websiteand if you scroll down through that page, he also has a link to a bad business plan example that you can look at for reference and see what not to do. Finally, you could do the whole thing from scratch, on your own.
This will be the most work, and you should still have a business professional look it over, however it is the least expensive method. Remember that if you are using this business plan to get a loan or establish credibility with distributors, landlords, investors and your in-laws, you will need to discuss these things with them because they might not understand what in the heck a comic book store does.
Here, you can explain the growth in comic book sales over the last few years and discuss how factors like the increasing number of comic book based movies continues to help spur growth in this market. The more detail you can show here, the easier it will be to convince a lender or investor that your market has room for growth.
The next thing to discuss is the specific details of your market in the area where you want your store. You have already looked at competing stores, and should know the proximity of them to you, what they carry, what their hours are, etc.
Then go on to analyze the demographics of the area, describing the age and income level as well as overall population size of the area where you want your store. Also explain what the demographics of your typical comic book customer are, and show what portion of the population of your area could potentially become a customer of yours.
Using a map to show where the competing stores are and where yours will be is a great idea here.Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products.
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Live better. Before you start writing a business plan for your bookstore, take a look at a few sample business plans for used bookstores, online bookstores, or news agents.
They'll provide inspiration and ideas, and save you a ton of time. Unless otherwise stated at the time of purchase, all Marvel Unlimited subscriptions are subject to auto-renewal.
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Remember that if you are using this business plan to get a loan or establish credibility with distributors, landlords, investors and your in-laws, you will need to discuss these things with them because they might not understand what in the heck a comic book store does.