How much starting money do i need to start an online clothing store for women?

Question by Angel S: How much starting money do i need to start an online clothing store for women?
How can I also get my website on all search engines all at one time? I need to know how much start up money I need for a full online store, tops bottoms dresses shoes accessories and intimates? I have my vendors license I have access to merchandise. I already have the website part set up. I need advertising/marketing and money for the merchandise and get listed on all major search engines. How much will this cost me to start?

Best answer:

Answer by TradeMark Express
You’ve got a couple questions here; let’s tackle them one at a time.

Re: Business Startup Expenses

I recommend checking out the SBA, Entrepreneur, The Start Up Journal & Nolo. All 4 are great informational resources for the new/small business owner. I posted links for you in the source box.

Research, research, research – this cannot be stressed enough. Read as much as you can about the industry. Here are some book titles that are relevant:

* The Business Startup Checklist and Planning Guide: Seize Your Entrepreneurial Dreams! by Stephanie Chandler
* How to Really Create a Successful Business Plan: Step-by-Step Guide by David E. Gumpert
* What No One Ever Tells You about Starting Your Own Business: Real-Life Start-Up Advice from 101 Successful Entrepreneurs (What No One Ever Tells You About Starting Your Own Business) by Jan Norman
* Start Your Own Clothing Store (Entrepreneur Magazine’s Start Up) by Entrepreneur Press

There are plenty of free informational resources out there. Check the source box for links to articles.

Re: Advertising/Marketing

As far as search engine placement, I think Imisidro’s going to give you the best information out there. If she doesn’t post to you, you can see her profile — she’s the #1 Answerer in the Business & Finance section

Here’s other marketing ideas:

A few free resources – check out the sources box for links:

1) Create a blog pertaining to your field

2) Use Yahoo! Local & Yahoo! Groups – Be sure to read the TOS for each one!

3) Write articles pertaining to your field and/or expertise.

Also, consider signing up for an affiliate program. These programs enable you to advertise on other’s sites (your affiliates) and once a sale is made to you, your affiliates & the program are paid a commission.

I listed a few handy sites & articles relating to marketing, promotion & advertising. Here are some book titles that are relevant:

* The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Marketing Basics by Sarah White
* The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries, Jack Trout
* Creative Advertising: Ideas and Techniques from the World’s Best Campaigns by Mario Pricken
* Entrepreneur Magazine’s Ultimate Small Business Marketing Guide: Over 1500 Great Marketing Tricks That Will Drive Your Business Through the Roof by James Stephenson
* 301 Do-It-Yourself Marketing Ideas: From America’s Most Innovative Small Companies by Sam Decker

Hope that helps! I wish you much success & happiness in all your ventures!

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