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(06-23-2012 08:27 PM)northflacards Wrote: Would be in Orange Park/Middleburg area, probably about 20 minutes south of jacksonville.
(06-24-2012 10:43 AM)pacrimcollectibles Wrote: This is why it will fail. You absolutely cannot go into this type of venture thinking it will be a secondary priority behind another job. In order to make it successful you must be willing to make it your life, an average 12-14 hours per day of managing inventory, funds, bills, upkeep, and all that's in addition to having doors open and handling customer needs. You have to be open as much as possible to cater to consumer's hours and not expect them to match yours. Some people get off work at 5 while others have Wednesdays off. Others can only run errands on a Sunday morning after early mass. Nothing turns buyers off faster than being unable to enter a business in the first place.
I'll give you a perfect example that mirrors you. Seattle had a longtime dealer who ran a shop called Brown's Cooperstown who eventually decided to retire and sold what was a successful business with a large consumer base. The new owner believed that he could continue to maintain that level of profit while devoting limited hours so he could teach school and run his Sportlots account. The store was open during the afternoons only on most weekdays and closed by 5 pm. It was also closed Sundays through Tuesdays. It was closed forever within a year, the only shop within the city limits of the 13th largest market in the country. A shop with nearly 30 years of history behind it was gone in a year's time because an owner ran it like an afterthought.
(06-24-2012 04:02 PM)gators Wrote: Hey! Send me the address when you find a place, I am right near there!
(06-24-2012 04:07 PM)northflacards Wrote: Thanks for the input...
doors would be open starting at 9 in the morning to 8 or 9 at night. I would think that is "catering" to the consumer.
(06-24-2012 04:46 PM)pacrimcollectibles Wrote: If you think you can handle that type of workload then I wish you all the best. I myself can't imagine functioning very well for very long on 4 hrs sleep per night. I'm not trying to tell you to forget it, just be very careful and know what you're getting into. Talk to a few other owners and see what the ones that will respond advise.
(06-24-2012 06:52 PM)RobbinsDynasty Wrote: Been working on this for awhile as well. My goal is to open one up by 30. I'm 26 now. I'm in the Daytona area. Let me know as I would like to stop by and give you the consumer view points. If you get a chance to get down to Orlando area Big League Sports Cards runs a very organized friendly shop.