October 22, 2017  
 
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How to Start a Gift Baskets & Packs Retail Business

This advice is written for those of you who are thinking about starting a gift basket retailer. Read this before you start!

Thinking about opening a gift basket retailer? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Successful Business Plans for Gift Basket Retailers

If you've done your homework, you already know that writing a business plan is the most critical thing you can do for your company.

Although it might seem like an unnecessary formality, your gift basket retailer's business plan is a document that will shape your goals and strategies on a go-forward basis.

Furthermore, a good business plan will help you avoid key startup mistakes. Lacking a solid business plan, many startups find themselves rudderless and incapable of executing consistent decision making processes, while committed business planners rely on their plans to guide all of their decision making and short-term planning efforts.

Investigate Competitors

Prior to opening a gift basket retailer in your area, it's essential to determine what the competition looks like. We've provided the link below to help you generate a list of competitors near you. Just enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of gift basket retailers in your community.

It's important to be aware of what the competition is doing. Take the time to visit the competition to properly assess their strengths and weaknesses.

A Good Source of Advice

If you are interested in starting a gift basket retailer, the next step is to learn from folks who are already in business. It's very unlikely that the local competition will talk to you. It'd be crazy for them to teach you the business.

However, a fellow entrepreneur who has started a gift basket retailer in another town may be more than happy to give you a few tips, provided that you won't be directly competing with them. Many business owners are happy to give advice to new entrepreneurs It can take a while to find an entrepreneur who is willing to talk, but it's well worth the effort.

How do you find an entrepreneur who is running a gift basket retailer who is willing to talk to you but doesn't live nearby?

Easy. Find them using our link below and start calling until you are successful.

Acquisitions vs. Startups

There is a lot of debate about whether it's better to start a new gift basket retailer or acquire a gift basket retailer on the business-for-sale marketplace.

Except for scenarios that require extreme innovation or highly unique value propositions, it's usually less risky to buy an existing gift basket retailer.

An acquired gift basket retailer is a known quantity; a startup is less certain because its forecasts depend on estimated outcomes. The key is to locate a business-for-sale that closely matches your ownership philosophy and professional objectives.

Don't Forget About Franchising As an Option

Even with planning and preparation, the failure rate of startup businesses is very high. One of the ways to mitigate the risk of a startup failure is to buy a gift basket retailer franchise.

Our gift items franchise directory (see link below) is full of gift basket retailer franchise opportunities.

Franchise terms vary, so you will need to evaluate franchise fees, initial buy-in, contract terms and training opportunities on a case-by-case basis.

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