My best friend and I are both elementary teachers and although, we love our students, the "rat race" of administration, the state department, and No Child Left Behind have stressed us out and made us reevaluate our current employment. Since both of us hold a degree in Elementary Education we felt as though our employment opportunities were limited so we decided to make it work in our favor. Our community has no teacher supply store and the nearest is an hour away. Sooooo, we have decided to use our expertise in a business that we feel we can't go wong in...Educational Supply! Who knows what teachers want better than 2 Teachers.
In saying all that we know what we want to do but can't find out details on how to start! I know we must formulate a business plan but I would like some sort of IDEA of what goes into creating a Teacher Supply Store??? What is the upfront cost, how many publishers should we carry, what about Educational tradeshows, could we run it; after school on weekdays, open weekends, and all summer so one of us could keep our teaching job? These are just some of the questions that I would like to know before even writing a business plan. If someone who either has a business like this or who knows this venue could please help, we would be very appreciative!
Thanks so much-