Now that it’s early fall, it’s time to make sure that you have a well-thought-out, fact-based, business plan. Among other things, this plan should have a realistic projected sales goal, a list of inventory needed, and purchases made that will get the inventory delivered in time to adequately stock up. The sales forecasting shouldn’t be...CONTINUE READING
It’s 5:15 on December 24th. You gift wrapped one final present for that very late customer rushing to a holiday party and, phew, you’re done! Another year of sell, sell, selling and perhaps worry, worry, worrying? But, after the madness, you can breathe a little easier for a while. Right? Yes, owning a shop is...CONTINUE READING
Back in my pre-gift shop owning days, I was a devoted holiday shopper. Indulging passionately in the magical energy of the season, I’d scamper from shop to shop seeking perfect gifts for family and friends. Time constraints from my busy life assured I’d start gathering weeks in advance, glad to sidestep those frantic last-minute crowds....CONTINUE READING
America is the land of diversity, a melting pot of many cultures with varied traditions reflected in food, language, dress, beliefs, ideas, relationships and life experiences. One area in which this is most apparent is our many multi-cultural holiday practices. Now that we are approaching winter, as storeowners it is good to understand some of...CONTINUE READING
Yes, ‘tis the season once again to strategize, place orders and brace (AKA hope, pray, affirm, visualize) for the upcoming holidays. As a body-mind-spirit themed indie shop owner, you know it’s more than simply buying the right merchandise, sticking to a budget, hiring good help, and creating attractive displays. It’s equally important to “walk your...CONTINUE READING
Crystals and stones are one of the hottest products that can be sold in your stores today. During these difficult times when so many of us are reaching for products that can help us heal and stay heal...