• The best routes to take are to research the process of starting a business as well as the industry you’re interested in.

    I recommend checking out the SBA, Entrepreneur, The Start Up Journal & Nolo. All 4 are great informational resources for the new/small business owner. I posted links for you in the source box.

    Associations may be a good avenue to explore. These organizations will address many of the thoughts, questions and concerns you’ll inevitably have as well as many you haven’t anticipated yet. See the source box for some relevant links.

    Research, research, research — this cannot be stressed enough. Read as much as you can about the industry. Here are some book titles that are relevant:

    * Start and Run a Profitable Retail Business by Jim Dion, Ted Topping
    * Retail Business Kit for Dummies by Rick Segel
    * Specialty Shop Retailing: How to Run Your Own Store Revised by Carol L. Schroeder
    * So You Want To Own The Store: Secrets to Running a Successful Retail Operation by Mort Brown

    There are plenty of free informational resources out there. Check the source box for links to articles.

    Hope that helps! I wish you much success & happiness in all your ventures!

  • Well, I suppose you could start by making up a whole bunch of mystical sounding crap and see if people will buy it? Make sure it’s a melange of celtic and sanskrit words and is very positive to make everybody feel in awe yet comfortable.

    Good luck, and don’t forget to check your ethics at the door!

  • You need a fictitious business name filed with the county.
    You need a business license filed with the city.
    You need a tax id – state and federal
    You need a business bank account
    You need to get retail space (this takes quite a bit of time and leg work, esp if you are going to remodel)
    You need to open up shop and promote
    Good luck!!! Small business runs America!!!

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