A lively tank filled with lovely fish and green, will never be outdated as a piece of decoration, in any house. On that line, setting up an ornamental fish shop is a great idea. However, along with it comes its costs and maintenance requirements. The start-up costs of ornamental fish shop is high. You also have to have the technical know-how about fish and how other equipment work, as well as knowledge as to how to successfully run a business. Below are some tips for those who are seriously considering this undertaking.
Get the frame work sorted
Put up a descriptive business plan with all details regarding the intended shop. Get the help of a person familiar with accountancy and business management. Get matters of insurance sorted. Apply for the business licence and any other agriculture licence as required. Talk to a tax consultant to get to know what you are dealing with, in terms of tax.
Find the perfect spot
Select a location that is convenient for the customers, and something that is easily accessible. Make sure there is ample of parking space, and that the shop when put up, will be visible to those who are on the main road. Decorate your shop in the most attractive way possible. Since it is fish, this will not be a difficult task.
Decide what you want to sell
Decide what types of units, inclusive of fish and other equipment, you want to sell. Make sure there is something for everyone, with a high variety of prices and choice. Smaller units could be marketed to kids, and other fish hobbyists who want to boast a tank at home. Bigger, and more comprehensive units could be marketed to offices and bigger residencies. Determine the prices wisely. Add fit on, and after sales services to the package.
Purchase your supplies
Equipment and fish, are the two main supplies this kind of business deals with. Tanks, stands, tank decorations and water treatment systems are a very few in the list of required supplies. You can breed your own fish, at a fish farm or you could either buy them locally or import them. Breeding fish comes with its own set of challenges. You have to be running s fish farm, which will need lot of money and attention. Importing fish will definitely set you up with at least a few meeting with a licensed customs broker Gold Coast. Different countries have different rules pertaining to importing live organisms.
A customs broker will be able to give you a picture as to how it works. So comparatively, the easiest way is to buy locally, but this might not leave you with many options.
The success of your shop largely depends on the people you hire to help you run it. So, choose wisely. They need to possess a good knowledge on aquariums, together with the proper attitude and skills for good customer service. You will be able to find fish enthusiasts via a newspaper article, or you could also contact colleges and universities to give them the opportunity to come forward. Ensure they keep the store very, very clean.