I’ve met many people who’ve purchased the book, How to Start a Home-Based Gift Basket Business, and they are thrilled to begin planning what to do first, second, and so on.
If you decide to start this type of business, you must first know your strengths, weaknesses, and how much energy you’re willing to sacrifice to get your business up and running.
Some make it, some don’t, and others recognize that gift baskets are only to be made for friends and family.
If you’ve said or asked yourself any of the following and wasn’t willing to find the answer, a gift basket business may not be for you.
1. “I don’t know how to get customers.” No customers equals no sales equals no business.
2. “It’s too hard to get a license.” Filling out a form is the easiest part of getting started.
3. “Where do I get baskets?” There’s no one place to buy, and without research, you won’t succeed.
4. “I can’t afford to buy everything.” These six words equal failure before you begin.
5. “I’m not good at selling.” Sitting at a desk working for someone else is a better option.
A full business plan is included in the book in chapter 2, What it Takes to Succeed, but sometimes even seeing a well, thought-out plan isn’t the answer.
You must want success with gift baskets before you pick up a basket, look at shred, or choose a box of chocolates. If you have any excuses or hesitation, this business is not for you.
Don’t force it; find a different profession that’s right for your personality.