So, you have a business because you’re a total mumpreneur, boss babe, a woman to be reckoned with, or all of the above. In a world saturated with online businesses, it’s becoming a rare occurrence to take your business into physical premises and set up shop. However, if your business isn’t just to sell products; but you offer a service, then it’s a necessity, and it’s vital you have everything in place before you open the doors on your new venture.
Creating a dreamy store for today’s high street will be a lot of fun, but, there’s plenty to consider, not to mention; a lot of hard work ahead (but you totally knew that). The following are some tips, ideas, and inspiration for those who want their perfect business by creating an ideal shop environment.
The Store & Environment
Be careful when it comes to choosing your shop space, and think about how much room you’re going to need. If your business involves cooking and baking items, for example, you’ll need to consider if you want the kitchen space to be on view to the public or not. Decide what you will need as a front of house area, and how much room you’ll need out the back for creation, services, and stock. Once you’re in your service space, walk in as a customer would; this will help you plan out where items should go, and where is best for a specific area.
By carefully designing the store’s layout; you’ll be able to think about the customer experience, and also make every process, activity, and transaction as easy for yourself as possible. It’s important to walk through and decide where visitors can sit and how they can best appreciate whatever service you’re provided them with. If you’re planning to run a beauty salon, you don’t want a patron who’s having a treatment to be sat next to the front door, where they’ll constantly be interrupted and disturbed. For small retail interior design inspiration, take a look at all the inspiring spaces online.
The Equipment & Logistics
Now you’ve planned your layout; you’ll want to source all your key equipment before you start to buy furniture or interior decorations. Everything, from highly absorbent Spill Kits to storage solutions, should be taken care of in advance of opening (that’ll also get the boring bit out of the way). You’ll need to make the items that are imperative to your service a priority; therefore, investing in them is a smart choice. If you need an industrial fridge for your culinary creations, or perhaps you’re running a repair shop and need machinery; it’s always worth researching into reputable manufacturers and being able to view their products before you buy.
Aside from being simple to get through your front doors; you need to think about the opening hours of your business, and how accessible this makes you to your target customer. Very often people tend to squeeze the treat of a service, like a manicure or a coffee and cake, into their evenings and weekends; so be mindful of when’s best to open to the public. If you deal in bike or car repairs, a couple of late night or early morning opening hours would be of great use to those who need their mode of transport back as soon as possible to get to work.