Although it took us several years to decide on starting our own business, once the decision was made, we kicked things into high gear from the start. Within days, we finalized our business plan, made decisions on corporate structure, completed capital and financial analysis, decided on store location and finalized our inventory. Now committed, we started living through periods of elation and nervousness. We feel that we have done our homework and taken into account all factors that are within our control, the rest, as the saying goes, is up to chance.
This process seemed strangely familiar. It reminds me of the time when we bought our house, probably the biggest investment that we've ever made, yet from the conception of the idea to putting our signatures on the paper took less than six weeks, and we only spent one day looking at houses!
We have been very happy with that adventure, now that we have lived in the same house for more than a decade. Although starting a business is nothing like buying a house, I believe we have prepared for this new adventure as well as we are able.
Besides, the inventory has arrived. We have a lot of work ahead of us to set up the store front. If you are interested, look through our online store and let us know if you want something. We aren't officially open for business yet, but do let us know before my wife decides to keep everything for herself - she's completely in love with the goods we got!