Welcome, To start a new e-boutique in N J, talk to an accountant and a lawyer.
Also contact SCORE. SCORE is FREE and can help you with advice, a business and marketing plan.
Thanks for looking over my question! I was actually hoping to start my business without the help of a lawyer or accountant. I understand SCORE is supposed to be a great resource, but I find it kind of intimidating. How would you suggest preparing for a SCORE meeting? They'd probably be able to help me with law/financing information, right?
This shall be my first post so let's jump right in:
I'm hoping to use this break to get started on an online women's apparel boutique.
I'd like to take advantage of my last semester in a college environment for optimal marketing, so I'm eager to have something prepared to show by March.
I understand this is a late start, but I was hoping for some advice as to what would be the best steps to take and if you believe these are realistic goals.
Currently all I've got is a name, a solid understanding of my target market, and a list of local wholesalers to contact next week. I'm not expecting to find the exact clothes I want from this list...it's been hard finding suppliers for modest apparel (which, ironically, is also one of the reasons for pursuing this market).
I haven't yet registered my name or applied for a business liscense in NJ -- are they both needed? I intend to sell through Facebook and an ecommerce network (not eBay).
So basically, what should I focus on first to get my e-boutique running within a month or two? If you've got any advice on marketing or sourcing, that would be great too!