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If you have created pottery for many years and wish to go into business, acquire a pottery studio and make preparations to open your business by completing the steps below. The tips that follow will help you start up your business in an organized manner and will not require that you invest all of your savings.
Lease A Building Or Office
You do not need to purchase a commercial building to increase the likelihood that your business will be a success. A leased building or office will provide you with ample space to run your business, but you won't be obligated to make a longterm commitment and may even find that you are able to save more money by temporarily leasing space instead of making mortgage payments.
Your clients will not be aware that you do not own the building or office that you have secured, so you do not need to feel embarrassed about the fact that you do not own property. Leasing property will provide you with the opportunity to test the waters and determine if you would like to continue pursuing your dream. Speak with a commercial leasing company and request that they provide you with listings for property that can be leased in the location that you desire.
Acquire Licensing And Advertising
A business license can be acquired through your local government. Call the courthouse's licensing department to inquire about obtaining a license. A clerk will provide you with a list of fees that you will need to pay and paperwork that needs to be turned in or filled out prior to receiving your business license.
After becoming licensed, it is vital that you alert people in your community about your new pottery business. Stop by an advertising firm to have business cards and signs designed. Hand out the cards and hang the signs in front of the property that you leased.
Create A Budget, Save Funds, And Hire Staff
After moving your pottery equipment and finished goods into the pottery studio, create a budget that includes all of your business expenses. Since you are just starting out, you may want to be frugal and cut back on expenses so that you can save funds in a reasonable amount of time. After your business is up and running and you have had the opportunity to save a considerable amount of cash, hire staff members to assist with teaching clients how to make pottery or to handle the merchandise that will be sold inside of your business.