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    9 Replies Latest reply on Jan 26, 2008 6:02 PM by niduncan

    need help with retail valuation

    moxzim Newbie
      i am about to launch a very exciting retail - fashion wholesale and direct sales business - i have recently been approached by an investor (and then another) who want in early, on what he and i both believe will be a very successful company. i am new to raising capital and in terms of valuation for my company I am walking unchartered waters. this is both exciting and nerve racking. does anyone have experience and insight to share about valuation re: retail operation. what are some of the questions I should be asking myself? i'd also be very eager to chat with anyone about retail merchandising strategies... mox
        • Re: need help with retail valuation
          LUCKIEST Guide
          Mox, Welcome to this website and it sounds and must be very exciting that you are about to launch a this
          retail fashion wholesale and direct sales business.
          You must be flying having recently been approached by an investor (and then another) who want in early.
          YES I have experience and insight about valuation of retail
          operations. Do you have a Business Plan??
          You can contact me at " pdeig@juno.com " and include a phone number.
          Thanks LUCKIEST
          • Re: need help with retail valuation
            GrowthCurve Adventurer
            Do you have any revenue yet? I am assuming not.

            If that is the case, I would really focus a lot less on the valuation and more on actually getting the business going. Granted, you don't want to give away 90% of your business, but I do not think you should overanalyze this, either, especially if you think you'll have a hard time raising the money if these current potential investors walk. Then you'll have 100% of nothing.

            You can always structure your business in such a way that you maintain control even if you don't own the whole thing, and you can try to negotiate a provision to buy back other shares of the company in the future.

            Do you mind telling us what kinds of dollars we're talking about here? How much money are you raising? And what is the ballpark percentage of the company that you're thinking of giving up?
              • Re: need help with retail valuation
                moxzim Newbie
                thank u all for for the responses. i need to raise 400 k . i expect to
                break even my first year and hit 800k in profit by the end second year.
                that profit margin doesn't include potential licensing deals - licensing out of my brand - I want to
                explore. what kind of numbers - pecentage - sounds like a fair give away? btw.. i have a rough version of a business plan.
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                    niduncan Newbie
                    Mox,

                    My professional advice to you is to create an investor-ready business plan suitable for capital acquisition of that size.

                    My gift to you: I will give you a free consultation as my gift any my contribution toward your success. Let me know if you would like to set that up. I will pencil in 30 minutes and we can go over anything you have questions on. Just write down your questions and think of anything you want to discuss and I will be happy to assist with advice or resources that may help you through the process.

                    I know I have some time on my schedule on Monday and Wednesday. I can do an evening appointment if that works best for you. We will conduct the meeting via conference call. Send me an email and we will set up a time.

                    You have all of my heart-felt wishes for blessings & prosperity.

                     

                    Warmest regards,

                    Nicco Duncan
                    Nicco@APerfectPlan.net
                    678-656-8098
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                  niduncan Newbie
                  Mox,

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                  Once you have gotten your business up and running, we have a Strategic Management Specialist who will work with you to make sure you are meeting projections, create action plans to reach goals, and cut costs and unnecessary spending so that you hit your "break-even" point as early as possible. We have been very successful and we rely only on referrals to gain our clients - which is a very large customer base.

                  We have a business valuator on contract. I believe I can help you. My number is 678-656-8098. You can learn more about us on our website:

                  www.APerfectPlan.net - also you can take a look at my profile.

                  Please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be glad to assist you personally. My goal is to help the dream of Entrepreneurship a reality for anyone who wants it bad enough.

                  Warmest regards,

                  Nicco Duncan
                  Found + CEO
                  WND, Inc.
                  A Perfect Plan
                  • Re: need help with retail valuation
                    LUCKIEST Guide
                    On the Members page, Tell us a few words about you and your business Good luck,
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                      amynwesley Adventurer
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