A retail business buys products or services from a manufacturer and sells them to consumers. The retail industry covers everything from food and apparel to home decor and auto. This makes it competitive and risky.

Every successful business requires planning. Do you want to own a retail business? Here’s what you need to know.

Startup Costs

Money is the lifeline of a business, not only ideas. Knowing what to spend money on and how goes a long way in owning a retail business. Here are nine costs to consider when you open a retail business

  • Location For a physical business

Location is important when you open up a store. A good location means easy access to customers which gives the business a boost in patronage. If you are selling online, you might want to consider the costs of producing and hosting an e-commerce website.

  • Rent & Utilities

Rent is a monthly cost for the estate value of a specific location. Places in busy areas have higher rent rates. Monthly utilities include the cost of electricity, gas, and water.

  • Insurance

Accidents are unforeseen events. Having the right insurance cover for your business means protection against loss. Common coverage includes business property, business income, business liability, and business crime insurance.

  • Cost of equipment
  • Employee costs

Retail business finance

Are you considering a loan for the short-term or long-term needs of your business? There are various finance options, depending on your financial history and business needs. To apply for any of them, it is important to consider:

  • The interest rate
  • The flexibility of the application and funding process
  • Ease of repayment
  • The credibility of the lender

Choosing a particular finance option as earlier stated, depends on your financial history and business needs.

Types of Retailers

The retail industry is vast, retailers specialize in various thing that cater for different consumers. No retail businesses are the same. They provide different experiences. Others are based more on convenience.

Department Stores

Traditional department stores sell a wide range of their merchandise in different sections in a physical retail location. These sections are in different categories that may include shoes, clothing, beauty products, jewellery, housewares, and more.

Grocery Stores and Supermarkets

These retailers are consumer goods stores. They sell all types of food and beverage products. They also sell home products and consumer electronics as well.

Warehouse Retailers

Warehouse retailers have large amount of merchandise. This allows them sell at low prices. They also sell in bulk to other retailers.

Specialty/Outlet Retailers

These specialize in a specific category and brand-name products. They only sell for some designated brands. These retailers are franchisee.

Convenience Retailer

Convenience retailers are always found around petrol stations. They sell limited range of merchandise at convenient prices.

Discount Retailer

Discount retailers sell special type of merchandise. They are labelled and sold below retail prices. Consumers like these retailers because it help them save costs.

Internet/Mobile Retailer

This is the modern world retail business. It delivers merchandise straight to the doorstep of the consumer. These goods and services are also sold at lower prices.