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Old 17th February 2005, 04:07 PM   #1

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Default So, what do I do first...

O.K., lets say I want to start a small business on the side. In my case, it is pet portrait painting from photo's with a personal website as the main source of advertising.

I don't need any start up money, because I already have supplies and equipment.

Any suggestions on what I should do 1st, 2nd , 3rd. etc., to make my dream a reality?

Please talk to me as if I am an infant

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Old 17th February 2005, 04:54 PM   #2
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Pet portraits.. good move.

Ok first you need to decide who your target audience is
then you need to decide how much your going to sell them for
You need to research your competition
You then need to work out how your going to get your clients
You need to know how clients are going to pay
You need to know how your going to ship.

Might I suggest

Target audience = pet owners probably pedigree pets so your first port of call should be to contact breed websites and offer some sort of commission for orders, or a free portrais for 12 months advertising. But you need to be hitting the top breed sites ie the sites that appear on the first page for a breed search.

payment = Paypal / cheque

Shipping depends n what sort of materials, Oil will need to be shipped flat, while watercolours can be send roled up in a tube in the post

Just a couple of thoughts off the cuff.

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Old 17th February 2005, 09:31 PM   #3

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I would actually start with a small business plan and to choose a legal form for your business so that you can get a proper license.

Develop the business plan and then create a marketing plan on top of that. It will help you in the long run.


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Old 18th February 2005, 03:22 AM   #4
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You will want to choose a business name and register your business with the state. (Also check and see what other requirements your state has for taxes, etc.).

Then you would want to get your website up. And choose what type of payments you will accept. Since you are planning to sell online, I recommend you be able to accept credit cards. But if you are going to be accepting payments mostly by mail, then it's not as necessary.

Once your website is built, it should be optimized for search engines. And then you will want to then heavily promote your business and website.

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