With a photo mug business you can provide personalized services to people and make money. You have seen people with pictures of their children, or grandchildren on their coffee mugs, and have thought it was a neat idea. That neat idea could be your next career.
The best way to start a photo mug business is to purchase a franchise or license. Though the purchase price can be several thousands of dollars, it gives you all the equipment you will need, as well as training, support and guidelines for advertising.
If you are having trouble financing your photo mug business, consider creating a business plan. This plan will not only help you get financing, it will help you ensure you have all the correct licenses, insurance and adhere to all local, state, and federal regulations for your business. This is extremely important because you don’t want to be penalized by a government agency or shut down because you do not comply with the laws.
Complete the photo mug business plan and budget. This will let you know whether you are purchasing a franchise, license, building your business from the ground up, how much money you will need to get your venture started, and whether you are going to rent store space, a kiosk in the local mall, or have a virtual store on the internet. You will need to put a copy of all licenses and insurance in your business plan as well. Remember this document is living, and needs to be reviewed annually and changes made as necessary.
With your business plan ready, create a proposal explaining the photo mug business venture. Show these documents to private investors, banks, and the Small Business Administration. Do not get discouraged if no one wants to help, just reevaluate your proposal and business plan and try again. But chances are you will not need financing and if you do it should be for less then $10,000.
If you have decided not to purchase a franchise or license, you will probably need financing and the business plan is the best way to finance your photo mug business. You will have a lot of equipment to purchase and will probably have a period of time within the first year where you encounter a trial and error of all services. Expect and plan for this in the business plan and you will more than likely get the financing you will need.
Whichever option you choose, once you get your equipment start playing with it and making items for your photo mug business. If you decided to work in a store or kiosk, find the location now if you have not already. If you are going virtual, purchase your domain name and purchase your web site host. Many will help you create your web site and have payment options for customers as part of the cost of hosting the web site.
Your web site should be full and have lots of variety of product, but it should not look disorganized or cluttered. Make sure like products are together. Your photo mug business web site should also be search engine optimized with keywords that rate high with search engines. Join affiliation groups as well. To make money on the internet costs a little to ensure marketing and drive traffic to your site. The more traffic, the more profit.
Keep up to date with the trends by subscribing to the parent company newsletters and industry periodicals. Check out books and web sites to watch the competition. This keeps your business healthy and keeps the profits growing.
Also, attend any seminars or conventions associated with photo mug businesses. These can give you tips on marketing your business, new equipment that is available, how to expand your business and much more. It is imperative you keep current of trends and keep your customers happy.
You will also want to review your business plan annually. You may want to expand by adding a web site if you have a real store or adding a store if you have a web site. Or you may want to expand by offering brochures, flyers, and other business promotional services. This is a business that will always have customers and can always expand.
Source by Randy Wilson