If you want to start your own business, you should consider one that is relatively simple and fun to operate. A business that does not require a lot of money from a consumer has the best chance of survival in today’s economy as well. Ice cream businesses fit these ideas well, especially for someone just becoming a business owner.
Running a small business can be a lot of work and at times will cause you a lot of stress. You want to make sure your idea will turn into something that will last. Here are some tips to follow if you make the decision to start an ice cream business of your own.
Decide which type of business you want
First, you need to decide which type of ice cream business you want to operate. You have several options, including buying into a new shop in your area, starting your own unique shop, or joining an existing cooperative business. Each of these choices has its own costs and advantages, so you will need to decide which fits your goals and plans.
Study the businesses your area
Once you have chosen the type of ice cream business you would like to run, study other shops in the area. Find out what is being offered and how those businesses market their products. Check out the demographics of the area, who your competition will be, and which types of customers you are targeting. Knowing the customers you intend to target will help you with deciding your prices, as well as product types and features.
Prepare to open your ice cream business
You will need a license to operate an ice cream business. To get your license you will need to contact your local health department and ask about their requirements and standards. You will also need a tax ID number from the IRS.
Decide what equipment you will need for your business
You will need the proper equipment and supplies before your grand-opening. You will likely need at least two sinks, an ice cream freezer, dry storage, or cooled display cases for scooping ice cream. Also, you need business equipment to keep track of sales, such as a computer, back-up generators, and everyday supplies like pens and paper.
Make a business plan
Take all the information you have gathered in your research and planning and put it down on paper. This step will show you what your strategy will be to get started and what you will need. Set up a projected expense plan of all equipment, supplies, property costs, wages, insurance, and any other financial data you gathered in your research. This plan will serve as a roadmap to starting your ice cream business.
Set up the structure of your ice cream business
Depending on your research, you should now be ready to lease property or begin construction. You should already have a site picked out and can now begin the process of setting up your ice cream business. You can start equipping your shop with the needed supplies, decide on the decor, and begin looking for employees.
Consider becoming a KaleidoScoops co-op owner
An exciting option for your new business venture is to join the KaleidoScoops cooperative. This is a co-op business that will allow you to have an independent store with maximum flexibility. As a co-op owner, you will work with trained, knowledgeable, and experienced experts in the world of ice cream. Call us today at (877) 426-8488 or Get The Scoop on becoming part of the KaleidoScoops cooperative. You can also Contact Us by email to learn more about us.