A SHOP OF HER OWN - ADVICE

Monday, February 16, 2009

Well everyone!!!!!! I need your help and also advice!!! Yesterday a dear sweet girl that I have known for several years asked me whether I would like to open a shop in a new little shopping village that she and her husband and parents are building.... It would be a small shop in the village of Highfields...Opening would be between July and September this year!!! Because of the world market and the economy would I be silly to even think about it... I am thinking that if I did I would take on a partner so I could keep the other side of my business running for the financial stability... My daughter Kirstie was so excited as she said that she would love to be involved!!! I would have to be opened atleast Thursday to Sunday!!! OK guys I need heaps of comments here good and bad I don't really care... Can't wait to hear from you.... As you can imagine my head hasn't stopped thinking about this !!!!!

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33 comments

  1. Follow your heart. Best wishes. ~Mandy

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  2. I would say yes open a shop. You don't have to go overboard all at once. Also make sure you're on the web and blog about it so people know to look there. I think you'd be surprised how much business you would get from that.

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  3. Oh Wow Cathy - such an exciting prospect!!
    I'm with Mandy - follow your heart - I think it's telling you to go for it.
    I'm not sure where Highfields is but as you are opening Thursday to Sunday I assume it is a touristy area. I just googled it and it seems the perfect spot for your creations.
    Good Luck.
    Alison

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  4. Oh Cathy - I do so hope you do. As a local it would be such a breath of fresh air to have a shop full of "Cathy Taste"!!LOL !! I can't wait until that new little shopping area is opened - it is such a lovely place to visit, new shops will just make it even better.

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  5. oh Cathy, yes yes and yes.
    follow your heart my friend and it will all go wonderfully.

    love,C

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  6. I'm from toowoomba Cathy. Its in or besides a lovely church I think. I love your stuff but can understand your hesitation. Why not see if your friend can have a little section of her shop and try out your creations. That way you can see how it pans out. Don't give ups on the idea as i have often discussed with my friend how nice it would be if you had a shop. Juliet

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  7. Cathy, I say go with your heart as well, how will you ever know if you don't try?? And Thursday through Sunday is a wonderful schedule....you have the first part of the week to take care of things at home and gather or make inventory ~ I wish you nothing but the best sweetie! xxoo, Dawn

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  8. Try it! You'll regret it otherwise. You have a good hand for Style.

    ;-) Melly

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  9. Okay well! I'm not so sure first of all why when your internet Business is so flat out and you have no over-heads? expand your web shop to more products creating more $$$! if you open a shop your focus will change from creating to working in the store which brings on different pressures. Now the positive, your product is unique and therefore no one can copy your work giving you therefore an edge to your competitors but you need to make sure you have done loads of research i.e how much traffic goes through your area? work out your overheads and how much you need to sell every day to cover costs, do you need staff? when you open in retail you must open a min 5 days because every day you are shut costs you money i.e overheads don't stop when you close, but if you have answered all these questions and you still want to do it, go for it with all the flair and style you have and I'm sure you will be a huge success xx p.s hope I wasn't too negative just thinking of you

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  10. Cathy I think Judy at Lily G has summed up your dilemna beautifully and she is one who knows. I have been in a business (fashion) many years ago and it is always a much bigger committment than you first think. But having said that you will know the answer when you way up all the pros and cons. Good luck, xv.

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  11. Hi Me again. I agree TOTALLY with lily-G. The shop sounds great but shes right about expanding your online business. It would be less stressful than juggling two concepts---a shop and online. I don't think lily-g is negative at all. Shes sensible and getting you to crunch numbers. Who knows how far you will go by putting more money into your website. But I understand the dilemma. I think it's every women's dream to have her own shop! Hope we're not confusing you!

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  12. Hi,

    First I say YES, it sounds so good ! I know there isn't just fun and of course there is also The Money.

    But I say like Wish on a Whisker/Mandy: Follow your Heart !!

    Was that to any help ??

    xo

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  13. How exciting for you Cathy! But promise me that you'll do all Judy suggested & do seek some independent financial advice to help in your decision making. And you will need a very strong Marketing Plan to ensure customers will be constantly 'driven' to your store.

    Retail is a tie - working as you are currently, with perhaps an eye to ramping up your on-line business maybe something to consider as well. Your work is truly beautiful & your talent has no boundaries - you will choose wisely my friend.
    Millie ^_^

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  14. Cathy...I'm with Vicki...it is a much bigger commitment than you think at first. At present there are no overheads...like Lily-g says...and you do have freedom to work your own hours.
    Having said that I also think it is so exciting...as once you decide to have a shop of your own things just seem to snowball into that...and it sounds like an ideal location. I'm sure my Friend you will go with your Heart. Love to you... Ingrid xx

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  15. I'm with Lily-G and she's a pro so would know. I love your stuff and would come and visit if you opened a shop. I do wonder tho if you would need to expand into other areas to keep up repeat business. Would you be ready for the commitment of time and money? Ohhh only questions you can answer. I have thought of opening a shop many a time (and know just the one) but have never dared to take the leap. I'm sure all of us would support you however we can.
    Jo x

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  16. Hello my friend! Telescopic in with you for the first time and realize that here I will come again! So amazingly nice blog you have! I get so inspired by it that I am listening to as a sol! thanks for that! Hugs Tina

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  17. Hello my friend! Telescopic in with you for the first time and realize that here I will come again! So amazingly nice blog you have! I get so inspired by it that I am listening to as a sol! thanks for that! Hugs Tina

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  18. Hi Cathy,

    I am with Lily-g she summed it up beautifully, you go my being creative to a shopkeeper. I have seen it before.
    Lesley

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  20. Oh Cathy, if anyone should have a store, it is you.
    I wish I lived closer, I would love to be your partner!

    xo
    Brooke

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  21. I am with Judy.
    The whole overheads etc and the financial thing is the reason I haven't steamed along with my shop. I also agree that you wouldn't have the same time to put in to your creations if you are running the shop, trying to get foot traffic and keeping the blog and your online shop going. Opening up a web store and expanding from your blog shop sounds like the way to go from here. As much as it would be lovely to be able to go mad designing your own shop and 'playing' with it, you are doing so well through your blogshop and you have zip overheads you would be mad not to run with what you have got. Maybe you could open a shop in your courthouse...that would be so beautiful...and no overheads like rent etc. We are looking at doing something like that.
    Anyway, it is up to you so follow your heart but look deeply into it. There is a place I have been getting advice from called 'Business and Employment', you should have one up there. It is free and you get a business advisor to help you all the way and they will tell you things and give you references you didnt even know existed...good luck,
    Ness xx

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  22. cathy i can only imagine how perfectly lovely a shop of your own would be....your creative spirit could soar as you are stretched and chalenged!
    i think you should definately consider this...what a dream!!!
    xo

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  23. It looks like you've been wishing for a shop of your own! I always feel that opportunities come up for a reason - GO FOR IT!! You'll do so great!

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  24. Do you want to look back on your life later on and think....what if...I could have...why did I not...?
    Try it...at least you did that, if it does not work..how much would be lost? How about the experience itself?
    Good luck on your decision!
    Andrea.

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  25. My first question would be: What is the overhead going to be?
    Then: Can you afford the overhead (rent, utilities, product etc.) for one to two years without taking any money from the shop?
    How much would you have to take in in a day to make your overhead?

    I am a small shop owner and I will tell you that the overhead can do you in. The only reason I still have a shop is because we own the little cottage.

    I don't want to squash anyones dream BUT I do think you must go into it with your eyes open and knowing all the pros AND most definitely all the cons.

    Would be happy to answer any questions you might have about a brick and mortar shop...even though mine is wood :)
    Francie from http://www.TheScentedCottage.com

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  26. Ofcourse you have to Cathy!!!! You have everything, talent, ambitions, connections and the most important the gift to develope and create. So exciting to take your dauhter with you as well!! What a wonderful time it could be, you two together, creating wonderful memories.
    I have every faith in the two of you, from me I am sending you a hug and a very GOOD LUCK!!

    Love Aina xxx

    Ps: How did it go with the embroideries??

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  27. email me any time as i am a shop owner, mother and almost thirty years in the manufacturing business if i can help in any way... my doors are open... one thing i will say is you are a true talent & would bring nothing but beauty & joy to all around you. xoxoo Laura

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  28. If someone loves what you are selling they always find the means to purchase the item. Careful on having a partner,I've seen best friends become fast enemys, not trying to be a bummer but it's much better to hire someone to take up the slack.Then there is no question on who the boss is. Good luck and follow your dream.

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  29. I agree with most of the comments here, try to follow your heart and see what happens. Sounds like fun but alot of hard work. I have a request on my blog for you. x

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  30. I can well understand you are torn with this decision.
    A shop is a lovely idea but you have always come across to me as family first and the time you share with them is most important.
    The things you create that we purchase speak from the heart... I believe you would loose some of that having to fill a shop with items for inventory.
    I hope I have not deterred you from your dream come true... I just wouldn't want to see it become a nightmare.
    xo Susan

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  31. It is just lovely, Cathy!
    The best advice is doing what your heart says, but 'd try. Just try and then see...
    Good luck!

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  32. I have had 2 gift shops in the past & I am with Lily G. I am in a local "craft" mall now & most of what I make is going to overhead. Your overhead has to come at first before you see any "fruit" for yourself.

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