A retail blind business can be established at relatively low cost. This business involves visiting prospects in their homes, measuring their windows, and helping them choose fabrics from your sample range. When you take an order, you simply send it to a blind manufacturer that offers a commercial supply service. They will manufacture the blinds to your specifications and ship them to you. Then he goes back to his client to put up the blinds and collect payment. There is no stock to keep as you are supplying bespoke products, custom made to your customer’s requirements so you only buy stock when you have an order.

You should also expect to collect deposits from customers, which means you have to cover your purchasing costs before placing your orders, giving you a very good cash flow situation. To start this business, you will need a variety of samples to show people. These can be purchased from a commercial manufacturer. You could actually ‘ask’ for some free samples, however it is much better to have professionally produced samples at least rather than scraps of fabric. A sample set can cost up to £ 200, however there are options available where you can get a starter set for around £ 50 and exchange later as your business becomes established.

You will also need some tools for assembly, a good drill, a hammer, screwdrivers and a small stepladder are essential pieces of equipment. Another thing to consider is how to promote your new business. Advertising in local newspapers works well, however this will increase start-up costs. You can also print brochures and deliver them yourself as a low-cost alternative to get started. Installing most blinds is a simple task and can be done by anyone with basic DIY skills. By choosing your commercial supplier carefully, they will be able to offer any advice and guidance you need on installation. Generally, the retail business of blinds operates with a gross profit margin of around 40%, that is, double the commercial purchase price without VAT. With the right approach and marketing, you could expect a turnover of £ 100,000 plus a year.

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