Starting out in this competitive business is tricky. The hardest part by far is booking your first event. Remembering all the things to take and what insurance to have, plus ensuring you have all the products and branding items needed to sit you next to the regulars.
So, are you just starting or thinking of starting up?
In this article we will look at essential items, nice to have items and a checklist for your first event.
Insurance is essential and most companies require public liability up to 5 million. Getting insurance is fairly simple and you can expect to pay around £50-£100.
Trader Insurance firms are linked here to get a quote:
Things to think about in advance.
Sort out social media pages and tell everyone where you are going to be. Read our ‘Starting my own Business’ article as this might also give you a few tips on what to prepare.
Get bags, many markets are plastic free now so be aware and consider paper bags.
Stall set up. This is pretty big right now as so many people do this really well, don’t get left behind! Cover your table, you may need clips/clamps in windy weather, bring boxes or shelves to give levels to your stall, lighting (particularly in winter) is an issue – have extra lights that are battery powered if you have access to electricity which most don’t. Bring Props, by this we mean items to help dress your stall and make it stand out.
Have a natty items box. Fill with string, scissors, cable ties, clamps, spare pens, batteries etc so you always have items at hand.
Banners. Help your business to get recognised. When you have to go up to the stallholder to find out what their business name is, it can be frustrating and more easily forgotten.
Business cards or postcards with contact details on.
Payment machines, sign up to Square or iZettle.
A float. Who knows what is the right amount but think about the prices of your items and plan potential level of change.
Clothing, generally you will get cold. Standing around in the shade of the gazebos. Take lots of layers, particularly in winter. We have a separate article about this. Take a read.
Food & drink, bring bits to eat with you in case you cannot get off your stall. Although most traders do support one another and look after stalls for you.
Mats to stand on, it can get very cold stood on the ground for 7 hours. Stand on a piece of carpet or mat, it really does help.
How you will transport stock from your car. You could be parked a distance from your stall. Be prepared to carry your stock or bring a little trolley, these prove invaluable in the long run. Or get a big box which has a lid and wheels on the bottom. These can be purchased from any DIY store.
Stock, last but not least. Ensure you have a good range of stock with various price points. You do want to sell more expensive items and this could work for you.
Food businesses are slightly different, so look out for our food article coming soon too.
There are lots of things to remember but once the first is over you will probably create a new list that works for you.
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