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Old 24th June 2012, 10:54 PM   #1
MissyB47
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Hi, My name is Mel and I would like some feedback about a small business idea that I have. I'm a stay-at-home mum with a 5 month old baby girl. I have always wanted to open my own business and I thought that this would be the perfect time to give it a go.

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I would like to open a store / shop front that stocks handmade and vintage one-of-a-kind wedding dresses, shoes, accessories and decor. I would source vintage dresses myself and the handmade dresses I would source from sellers from Etsy.com. If I receive good feedback from this event then I will start to approach sellers.

I know that there are many online avenues to find these sorts of items, however I understand that there are alot of people out there that would prefer to physically walk into a store and try things on. There are also many brides out there that want something a little different to the traditional wedding. Something unique and inexpensive.

I'd like to know if anyone thinks that this is a plausible idea for a successful business and how to go about finding a business partner / investor.

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Old 11th July 2012, 11:34 AM   #2
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Hi Missy,

It sounds like you have a good idea of what you want your business to be. You have a few options for finding investors. I've read many things on the web about people finding investors on street corners or on craigslist. Personally, I would not recommend this. It seems much like capturing lightning in a bottle with no guaranteed results.

Raising the capital for a business such as this will be a challenge. You may want to consider alternative means of investing like crowdfunding to help you out, though I would also be wary of this measure as well. In the event you want to try, look up some of the big names like IndieGoGo. Ive also read some things about Rock The Post (another crowdfunding platform) having more of a niche for startups/non-profits.

Sorry, I can't give you a complete answer, but I hope I helped a little! Best of luck!

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