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    Hi, this might turn out quite long winded to explain but I'm just looking for an opinion at the minute please?

    I've just set up a website selling beads and would really love to open up a bead shop, we have a few craft shops locally but the only place with a decent selection of beads is Hobbycraft, and they're a bit pricey! I know they're are plenty of places online to buy from but it's not the same as seeing the beads for yourself.

    Anyway, getting to the point...I've done a business plan need about £20,000 to cover my first year's rent and rates on the shop, shopfitting equipment, stock and everything else...I'll be finding a part time job to cover my personal expenses for at least the first year so I won't be taking anything out of the busines... but I can't get a loan from a bank as my personal credit rating isn't great and I have no history running a business, I have looked into Princes trust and other Government schemes but they won't help me as I have a job, and I don't have family or friends that can help out more than a small amount but my sister has come up with a possible good idea...she suggested setting up a Facebook or twitter campaign asking people to donate £1 to help me get my business started, send it to friends first and then hopefully it will spread from there...

    I'm not convinced it would actually work, but I'm not sure if I'm just a cynical person! I know £1 isn't a lot to ask for but I'm not sure if people would actually bother or just think it was some kind of ****? I'd love some input please before I spend any time on it and sorry for going on so long!!

    Also, if anyone has any other ideas for raising some cash I'd love to hear them!

    Karly
    http://www.thesilvershack.co.uk
    http://twitter.com/thesilvershack1
    http://thesilvershack1.blogspot.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/TheSilverShack

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    I can only speak personally, but I would never donate to something like that and I could never ask strangers for money either- it'd feel a bit like begging. Just think, if they all gave their £1 to charity how much good they could do! However, I've heard lots of examples of it working, so if you're happy to do it then I guess it's worth a try
    Ballderdash & Bunting
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    • #3
      Just thinking of other ideas... you could do bead parties and craft fairs. If you advertised where you were going to be, then local beaders would soon get to know and follow you to local fairs etc. It would be especially good if you have a regular local market or similar. Your overheads would be much lower than a shop and if you played your cards right you could squirrel away all your profits to save for your shop and have a following by the time you can afford to open one!
      Ballderdash & Bunting
      Twitter (Ballderdash & Bunting)
      [B]The Ark Man
      [FONT=Comic Sans MS]I am Ballderdash, the blog[COLOR=#0000CD]

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      • #4
        I don't think I would either, that's why I'm unsure about it I'd feel like a hypocrite, I'm just running out of ideas fast!

        Was thinking I could make a monthly donation to a charity in place of making loan repayments...would make a list of the people who'd helped and donate it in their names?

        Think I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for a lottery win instead though to be honest!!!
        Karly
        http://www.thesilvershack.co.uk
        http://twitter.com/thesilvershack1
        http://thesilvershack1.blogspot.com/
        https://www.facebook.com/TheSilverShack

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        • #5
          I've tried a few bead/craft fairs but there aren't many locally and by the time I've taken into account travel expenses and the cost of tables etc I don't really make much money, I'm going to keep going with it though and see how it goes

          I thought of my local market too but they won't let me have a stall just on weekends
          Karly
          http://www.thesilvershack.co.uk
          http://twitter.com/thesilvershack1
          http://thesilvershack1.blogspot.com/
          https://www.facebook.com/TheSilverShack

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          • #6
            Have you approached your local council as they often offer reduced rates on commercial property for new businesses, from their point of view it is better to have a commecrial property operating as empty shops attract vandals. A reduce rent / council tax is better than a property left empty and not earning any revenue.

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            • #7
              I hadn't thought of that but it's worth a go, there's a shop I've seen that would be ideal too and it has been empty for a while so I'll give them a call, thanks
              Karly
              http://www.thesilvershack.co.uk
              http://twitter.com/thesilvershack1
              http://thesilvershack1.blogspot.com/
              https://www.facebook.com/TheSilverShack

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              • #8
                Good luck with it, I would welcome another local bead shop to spend my time in
                Dainty Rocks Jewellery ~ www.daintyrocks.etsy.com ~ www.daintyrocks.co.uk ~ @DaintyRocks

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