Originally Posted by bkstone
If you want to start a business right after college, you should have chosen a Business Administration major (Specifically Business Management) instead of Economics.
Originally Posted by Dashaansafin
Lol. So this is Cal's level of education. Just as I expected.
Originally Posted by rohde88
this is the oldest question in the history of the internet. Boy likes [fill in expensive hobby funded by parents] Boy posts on [expensive hobby] forum Boy wants to open shop selling [expensive hobby] ??? Profit and it kills me when people ask about salaries of small business owners. The salary is what you put into it. First year will be insane hours and barely enough money to pay your bills, second will be bad, but a little better. If you make it to the third year, you'll probably have enough to start paying back the people who loaned you money. Yoyoyo the sky is blue man... "it kills me"... lmfao... //rant
coolstorybro; nah... the most expensive clothing I wear is Levi's... and it's not the vintage stuff hahaha... I come from a poor family and have gone through a lot of bullshit, and my parents have been small business owners for 20 years and have always kept me in the loop, so yeah...
Originally Posted by bananananana
Econ at cal is what people choose after they get rejected by haas for undergrad business. To OP, if you're really serious about your goal, and it seems like you're not, go get an internship and job in the retail industry. Even if someone said, margins are around x-y%, what the fuck does that even tell you?
; I love that stereotype... keeps the sheep out of my major... besides the double majors who do in fact have a leg up on me on paper
Originally Posted by bach
STFU. I bet he's a community college transfer.
bach and bananananana should get married; they're equally retarded
Originally Posted by imageWIS
And maybe make a few business plans, based on real numbers and due diligence.
Hence why I asked the question?
Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH
Managerial accounting specifically.
I've already taken two accounting courses... the second being managerial accounting.
Originally Posted by Blackhood
Ok, I was going to let a few of the Big Boys have a crack at you before pointing this out, but it's taking too long. YOU'RE AN IDIOT! 1. The only people who know this shit are the owners of the boutiques. No shit... I already said that.
They aren't about the share their mark-up/profit margins with you because: (a) Why the fuck should they, its none of your business! (b) If people know what the mark up is, they know how much discount can be asked for (c) Every single one is different. A 5th Avenue boutique will charge a bigger mark up than a small town boutique. 2. This is basic research that you should have the brains to do yourself. Off the top of my head I would suggest calling wholesalers, contacting brands and investigating franchise owners. Ever take the time time to figure out that I may have already done this and am simply trying to get as many sources as possible? No, of course not... because trolls like to imagine somebody below them... if you can't walk using your arms and hands, then I probably can't walk using my legs and feet.
3. Even if you can work this out, and have the business knowledge to make it work, and get the funding you still wont be able to sell these brands. You have to earn the right to sell this stuff, people like Armani Jeans still want you to have 5+ years experience selling high-end goods, be the only one in a certain area, and give the sales rep a blowjob. Now brands like MMM for whom exclusivity is an even bigger issue? You better bring lube to that meeting. Yeah... I'm wondering how much of this is fact and how much is hearsay... 4. Start-up capitol? I'm gonna make up some figures just for my own entertainment: Assume $50k rent p/a and a shop holding 250 garments (50 lines, sizes XS,S,M,L,XL). Average wholesale price of garments: $100. Rent: $50,000 Stock: $25,000 Staff: $60,000 (3x $20,000. High end sales staff aren't cheap) Assume that like most B&M businesses don't break even for 3 years. Your startup capitol is $405,000.
And you can't make the firs steps without help?
Thanks, but what I meant to ask was whether or not there are methods within the clothing retail business which help to lower startup capital... basically, are there any ways to make the startup capital lower than the obvious which you listed.... ex. do such labels have a spot in their receivables for start ups or established companies, or is the industry standard an indefinite pay first talk later...
Originally Posted by linds_15
i simply dont understand how people jump straight to profit like its an exact calculation. between rent in different cities and prices retailers charge to carry their brand (he mentioned nike which i heard is roughly 50,000$) the range is massive. also, building a reputation is probably the hardest part, personally if he opened a store in toronto, which has had places open recently that carry brands i like, i still always find myself at my favourite store buying the brands i like
Originally Posted by tj100
Gross margin (at full retail) ranges from 50% to 66% for most items. There will be some items (some accessories, impulse buys, etc.) where you'll get a big margin, but they're typically lower dollar value. Keep in mind that if you're selling clothing, your realized margin will be quite a bit lower, because you'll have to clear a significant amount of your merchandise at sale prices. As you note above, most established brands have restrictions on on-line selling, and extensive MAP policies. The most important thing you need to open a boutique like this is a ton of start-up capital. Only if you're extraordinarily well capitalized are high-quality brands going to be willing to sell to you. Without a ton of money (or a proven track record of success), you're not going to be able to convince a luxury brand to trade with you.