When people think about opening a retail shop, they tend to forget all of those little details needed before opening day. Do not be one of those people. Instead, do the following steps so that all your ducks are in a row before your doors open.
Visit Commercial Permitting Services
Operating a business within the community is very different from operating a home-based business or an online business. You need all kinds of permits to do what you want to do, regardless of the type of business. You will need a permit to remodel the store space you want to occupy. You will also need a seller's permit to sell your goods out of your store.
If the property is not zoned for commercial use, you have to get a permit to use the property for commercial purposes. Then apply to rezone the property if you intend to stay at that location for a while. All of these permits will cost you cash in hand when you enter the permitting office, so make sure you are ready for it. Contact a permit service, like City Permit, for help.
Set a Deadline for Opening Day
Once you get all of your permits, you will need to fix an opening day. Not only does this help your remodeling contractor stay on task, but it also alerts the community to the fact that you have a store opening soon. If your city requires that you put a projected opening date on your permits, you should have a rough estimate of opening day already selected for that purpose.
Choose a Commercial Remodeling Contractor That Can Complete the Work on Time
The commercial remodeling contractor has to be able to complete the work on time. Make sure he is bonded so that he follows through on all of the deadlines and you are able to open your doors when you want. Otherwise, you may have lots of issues with both the city and with your expected shipments to the store.
Begin Placing Orders for the Goods You Intend to Sell
About six weeks out, begin placing orders for store racks and equipment. Three weeks out, place orders for the goods you intend to sell. Most of this should fit in your store room in the back if the contractor is not quite finished yet, or you have not had the city building inspector check things out. Then you can start arranging racks and putting everything on the floor to ready the store for opening day.