Want to start my own business

@jewel76 (2305)
Canada
January 28, 2007 11:05am CST
I've been thinking about this for some time now. I want to start my own business, but don't know where to start exactly. I had gift baskets in mind, where i'd make the gift baskets (something i love to do) and then sell them for special occasions. I wanted it to be where the customer would decide how much they wanted to spend, and with that and their theme/occasion, i'd purchase items and put up a nice basket for them. Do you think it would work? A friend of mine said it's better if i make baskets, and sell them as is. What do you think? Any ideas and inputs will be greatly appreciated!
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66 responses
• United States
29 Jan 07
This is a great idea and my daughter is also starting a gift basket business. Here's a couple of ideas (which were hinted at earlier). Make gift baskets for the real estate business. Agents often give new home owners, renters, etc. a gift. Create baskets to display in professional offices: Lawyer, doctor, tax preparers, etc. Best of luck in starting your own business!
@dynaweb (168)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Great ideas!
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
thank you for those great ideas, will definately keep them in mind!
@Danielu (599)
• Romania
29 Jan 07
I think that you have a great idea, but here you said nothing about how much money you want to invest or how much money you can affort to lose. I think that some business are like gambling. All or nothing.
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@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Yes you're right, but i havent developped the idea yet.
@SK401001 (934)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Well, why not try both ways at the same time. That gives them both options and your customers can decide which way to go. The Basic route or pick what they want. If you go with the basic route, you can control the cost to you to a level you need, but with your customers picking out what they like, you know you make what they would like. If I was you I would try both routes for a month and then look at the end result, where did you profit more and which ones where the big sellers, that should give you and idea of what to do.
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@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
THanks for your idea, will keep it in mind!
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
28 Jan 07
I know of a girl that did that and eventually rented out a store for her baskets. I don't know how she's doing now, I haven't seen her in a while. My neice has started something like that too, but I'm not sure she's making any money at it. I'll find out soon though when I do her taxes. Having your own business is great. My husband and I are working on building ours up so that he can quit his regular job and just work our business full time. I can't wait for that to happen! It's a great idea. I wish you the best!
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@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
What kind of business are you and your husband going into? I wish you good luck anyhow, and thx for the reply!
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
31 Jan 07
We promote a wellness company, help people save money and live a little healthier. It's lots of fun and my husband will be quitting his full-time job soon to take this over full-time.
• United States
29 Jan 07
Great Idea! I've done gift baskets for a while and have a lot of fun doing them...People love receiving them. And if you have the time to research new and unusual produts, people just get so excited. As a matter of fact I remember starting it around Valentines day and that was followed by Easter so I had a ball. I have been lucky to find another business that lets me incorporate the two and it's been working out just fine. Feel free to message me if you're interested.
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
2 Feb 07
Thanks for your reply, and yes i'd be interested in knowing about the other business.
@Anael34 (70)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I have been self employed for 11 years as a professional psychic. I love it and workout of my home office on the phone with my clients. What I did was to see what I love doing and then manifested (meaning) I asked and it was given me direction were to go. Here is a great site I believe will help you. www.TheSecret.tv Blessings Anna
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Thanks for the website, will check it out
@creationhub (3068)
• Malaysia
29 Jan 07
I am interested to start my own business too. I will be quiting my job in two month time. You do have a good one that you like. I am still searching for mine. Of course, chances is that it has something to do with internet. This is my passion. I believe in working from home.
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
thanks for your reply and good luck to you!
• Nigeria
29 Jan 07
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@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Thanks a lot for those website. I'm thinking if i'm from Quebec, those should work also right? Because they're all Canada website. ANyhow, will check them out, and will contact you if anything. thx!
@dynaweb (168)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Your friend is smart. Start like that them customize as needed. There are some books on the subject of small business ownership. Try Barnes and Nobles or Amazon or Borders.
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@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
thx for your comment
@icequeen (2841)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Sure why not....go for it. You can start off small and see where it goes...I am a writer so I know a little about it. You should make up some cards...and pass them out. You will need a website. You will need supplies. Then you have to choose your pricing...etc. It may be hard at first, but perseverance is the key. If you need anything written up...perhaps I could help? Anyway...good luck...
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@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Thank your for your reply
@Perry2007 (2229)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
This is a good product idea. I could buy your baskets and use them to package my strawberries. Hmmm, seems a good business tie-up. I wish you are in the Philippines. It is always good to start a business with what you enjoy and have passion about, this will give you the power to see it through hard times, and let it grow. You can have a steady ready made baskets, make a collection of your work design so your buyers will have something to look after they have bought the first design, they will keep coming back for your new creations. Best of success to your business.
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Thank you for your comment
@XxAngelxX (2831)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
I think this is a fabulous idea and I agree with what was posted earlier. If you could do both, you would have a broader horizon of people. Some people would probably have specific things they would like and others might just want a general basket. Good luck with your venture, I'm sure it will be a big hit!
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@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
thank you very much for your input
@Sir_bobby88 (8243)
• Singapore
29 Jan 07
Well i think it would work provided it is legal yea ... In my country singapore it is illegal to sell products on road side without permit yea ... so starting a business here is real hard yea
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@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
thx for your comment
@eyzzat (313)
• Malaysia
29 Jan 07
if you love internet you can do some online business.. :) or you can open groceries.. --- thanks.. hey there be sure to check my discussion.. i will respond to your discussion too!!
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@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Open groceries? I don't have the money or the interest for that kind of business, but thx.
@junior07 (973)
• India
29 Jan 07
yaa it would better to sell gift baskets rather then just only baskets as in this sense u also own a store of gifts which will create great attraction and if ur gift packings are unique then they really attract more and more customers.
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@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
thank you for your reply
• India
29 Jan 07
think well and decide for starting any business,dont ask others dvice in this matter,think and take ur own decision.
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@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
I will take my own decisions, but just wanted to hear other people's comments on the whole idea.
• Australia
29 Jan 07
I agree with other poster: provide both. You could sell the basket only and the ready made package, and better, include 'custom made basket' where your customer could choose their base on their need
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
thx for your reply
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
That's a wonderful idea! You could try doing both. You could sell ordinary baskets without anything in it and sell gift baskets for special days too. I also want to have my own business but I have no idea where or how I should start.
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
thx for your input, and good luck to you with your future business.
@sureshmoe (974)
• India
29 Jan 07
Financial is one of the most essential things. And then planning, leading, organising and controlling is neccessary...for more details ,contact with "MBA" professionals...yes..they said the right path
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@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
thanks for your reply
@justreal (2366)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Start off buying kits that are offered by many companies. That way, you won't need to meet the minimum for each company and you'll have the opportunity to see what works for you. Find out about the competition in your area, read some books on business, as well as gift basket business, check out gift basket businesses on the net, watch some videos on designing gift baskets. Give your baskets as gifts. When you hear all the oohs and ahs, explain that you have a business making these baskets. Then you'll take it from there. Good Luck!
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
thx for your input, it's a good idea, to start off giving a few baskets as gifts.