The Start of My Shop

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    Hi Fellow Aquarium fanatics

    So as I mentioned a few months ago, I wanted to start a shop.

    Well I have made some progress in the interim,

    First off I used the suggestions made by starting a pop up shop, this was rather a catchy idea and also more cost effective.

    To give you some background this was way more pricey than I expected, to give you an idea of what I was in for here is the story:

    I started by looking at storefronts like at malls and arcades, unfortunately they all had this clause in the contract..... A deposit of R100 000 up front and a refund will be paid out 2 months after your lease expires, further more the general rental rate was going at R10 000 - R20 000 pm excl water and lights.

    So this through me out of a store front and I was left down in the dumps of turning my passion and my hobby into a business and something I will enjoy doing.

    I was then approached by an investor whom suggested in supplying me with capital, a premises and some guidance along the way. The idea behind it was that I had to start slow/small and prove that this business is viable. The investor also made me sign surety (the word I dreaded most of my life) so there is a lot of risk that could implicate my future in my personal capacity.

    The capital I got was well under 50K.

    The idea was to start small and grow this into a business eventually with a full frontal store eventually, I had to also build off the trust that most of you had in me as I am risking a lot to make this happen.

    I got quotes on tanks, stands and other goodies but all so pricey. Suppliers was also very difficult to come by for some reasons I would rather not mention.

    So I had to do intensive research and also do things myself which other LFS would have hired other people to do. For instance building a stand to house 13 tanks. I had hassles with suppliers and certain constraints holding me back from getting exactly what I wanted. I have now found a supplier with whom I deal directly with and I am cutting out the middle man.

    My equipment is due to arrive on Saturday, there was also a delay with this as the glass order was delayed this indirectly had a delay on my imports and as I was supposed to receive the order today.

    This also set me back a bit and demotivated me, but at last it seems things are falling into place.

    I will update this thread accordingly, feel free to please make suggestions and give positive criticism?

    @shihr and @wearsbunnyslippers I will become a sponsor as soon as I get my shipment in, in the meantime I would like to post this as I would like to give everyone the opportunity to see what actually goes on behind the scenes of any LFS.

    Some pics to follow of equipment and the initial setup.
     
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    Good luck with your venture. I'm sure everything will work out in the end.
     
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    Good luck bud!
     
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    Good luck!
     
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    Well you are determined enough to make it work, that and some hard work are sure to pay of.
     
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    good luck dude..
     
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    Thanks for all the best wishes so far.

    Here was the stand I built myself:


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    Leave the shop idea and start building stands :) looks nice. Will you be able to get fish out the top tank easily?
     
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    A bit of info on this stand:

    Should be able to hold 900 lt of water.
    There will be the following on this stand:

    6x 1,5ft tanks
    4x 2ft tanks
    3x 3ft tanks

    all tanks will have their own filtration (not the best though)
    lighting will be strip LED lighting 65ooK looking like this before installation:

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    Thanks @Vis

    I will also be doing this for the shop as an add on to our services.

    Yes, the stand is 3 m (l) x 1.9 m (h) x 400 m (w) long and and I can reach with comfort to the top of the tank and with a net I should be fine.
     
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    Good luck and i wish you success, now that is n regte afrikaanse stand!
     
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    Awesome. Do you know when you open ?

    And a possible address yet ?
     
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    nice
     
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    Very nice! Good luck with the shop! The nutters on this forum should be able to keep it going!
     
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    Good luck dude.. :) this will be epic!!!
     
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    Okay so here is the deal I will have a opening soon, I am currently renting an office due to my budget constraints.
    So as I mentioned small start, more like a fish room:)

    But we will expand in due time, office is situated on Ontdekkers Road, Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

    I will be hosting specials on store opening date. Here all the guys from PTA and JHB are welcome to drop by on opening weekend to come and purchase personally.

    I will also do another shipment for residents out of Gauteng a week or two after opening of the store. Specials will only apply to residents outside of JHB on this occasion.

    I will ensure that all prices are unbeatable on fish for this opening special.
    The store will be open for walk - in shoppers on weekends and during the week deliveries will be done via courier or by appointments. I still work a normal day time job so please be considerate...:p

    I will ship nationally and a online store will be available for my shoppers with paypal and also EFT will be accepted (T&C's apply);D

    I am really looking forward in dealing with every one of you and hope to build relationships with each of you for the coming years.
     
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    Hein, if you need some help, just shout!
     
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    Online shopping, with paypal and eft? Now that is good.. :) looking forward to it..
     
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    Fantastic stuff, I will certainly be there on the opening weekend to support you, and wish you all of the best!
     

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