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    Default Convince me to write a business plan. Um, and tell me how to write a business plan?

    So my inlaws got me all fired up again this weekend about my dream store. You know, that one that's like Libido used to be but with access to information about cloth diapers, babywearing, breastfeeding, basically All Things Woman. lol

    They think I should try to create it as an online presence first while continuing to do my day job, offering personal calls or webchats in the evenings and possibly 'webinars' - but basically build my network of clients before I set up a storefront.

    But they suggested that I create my business plan first, based on a physical store, as that is my goal. Then find out what I need to start, and what I need to work toward.

    Have I mentioned that I love my inlaws?

    The hard part for me is the distribution stuff, who the hell would I deal with to get products to my clients??

    Thoughts? Suggestions? Kicks in the pants?

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    I have some programs that I can burn and give to you that make really in depth business plans for a variety of business types. I can also tell you who I deal with for shipping when I receive wholesale orders and send out small orders.

    I can also help out with a website if you are interested, as I own a site design and hosting company.

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    There used to be a place by Fanshawe, I think they are by the Fairgrounds now, that help small businesses....gave info etc. Maybe they could help with your business plan.
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    I have a university text book on how to write business plans and proposals for funding Youre welcome to it if you want. I could also help write one if you'd like....took a 3 month course.

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    I love that idea! Do it do it do it!

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    I like anything that helps people cloth diaper, so I say do it too!

    But seriously, you gotta get me some wholesale toys. I even promise to order in bulk!

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    There are some grants available for women starting businesses as well that you should look into!


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    Do they give grants to women who intend to flog dildos? Serious question lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoo View Post
    Do they give grants to women who intend to flog dildos? Serious question lol.
    hmmmmm seriously, when I looked into grants, most of what was available will not cover the purchase of stock. Don't take my word on this or anything though - maybe you will be checking out different loan/grant places than I did.

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    I took Biz 257 at UWO and have a slew of stuff on creating your own biz plan etc...it might not be the most current since I've been out for a few yrs...if u need anything let me know and I can go thru my stuff.

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    I found my local Small Business Development Centre invaluable when I was creating my business plan.

    The best way to start gathering info on wholesaler info is to register your business and get your business number. It costs around $60.00 and you can find the forms on-line!

    I think your business concept is great! If you are promoting BWing, feel free to get intouch with me for Canadian Mei Tais!
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    thank you thank you!

    What would you want to see in a store?

    For a website, I'm picturing a landing page with portals. “I'm here for: EDUCATION - SHOPPING - ROMANCE - ETC ETC ETC“ to narrow down people's selections so that you don't end up with a page full of vibrators when you just need to get hooked up with a diva cup and a sling. Plus have a first-rate search function so you can zero in on exactly what you're looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoo View Post
    What would you want to see in a store?
    *bump*

    I'm interested in what would make it valuable to you.

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    I loved the set up at Libido. But if you are also going to be focused on non sex stuff, then I would also want to see those sections separated. Like, I don't want to be looking at dildos if my nipples are all cracked and bleeding from BF, and sex is the absolute last thing on my mind, kwim?

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