Bonnie Conrad reports:
"Opening a consignment store can be an excellent business move for the right individual, but before you open your doors you need to know how to write a business plan for a consignment shop. The business plan defines the scope of your business, lays out how you are prepared to succeed and details the relevant experience you bring to the new venture...Microsoft Office has some excellent templates available for free downloads. Other popular office suites also include templates that can be customized to create business plans. If you wish to complete your business plan the old-fashioned way, you can obtain business plan templates from your local Chamber of Commerce or from the Small Business Administration office in your area. Financial books at the library and bookstore are also good sources of business plan information and examples...Make a list of your experience in the retail business. You can make this list mentally, but it is often helpful to get it down on paper. Include all experience you have with buying and selling the type of items you plan to offer at your consignment store, including time spent as a sales clerk or buyer...[The executive summary] should state the purpose of the business, including the proposed name of the operation. The section that follows should state how the store will differentiate itself from the competition, that is, what makes your consignment store different from the thrift store down the street. Offering types of products not normally found in the second-hand market can be a big help...How will you advertise your consignment store? What techniques do you plan to use? It is important for lenders and others who review your business plan to see how you intend to market your business and introduce it to the community...Provide information about the ownership of the new business, including the names and titles of all business partners and officers. Also provide a brief but thorough overview of the start-up company. The overview should include details about the products the store will sell, where it will get its merchandise and where it will be located. List your management experience, focusing on experience that is relevant to the consignment business world. List the number of years of management and relevant retail experience you bring to the new enterprise...List the types of products the consignment store will offer...Provide a brief overview of the products you already have in stock, as well as your plans for obtaining quality merchandise on consignment...Include information on any market analysis you have completed, including details about any existing consignment stores. Compare your new business model to the stores that already exist in the community, and explain how your operation will improve on that model...Provide relevant financial information for your start-up company, including any partnership arrangements you have entered into and any loans you have obtained. Attach statements from your CPA or accountant if applicable."
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