Storage and supplies

Storage 

It may be tempting to fill your space with products that you want to sell. But remember to consider storage space for extra goods.

"We are lucky to have a secure store room that we are able to keep locked. It is large enough to keep back up stock, items that we have rotated and so on. It was one major consideration when preferring this shop to others we saw," says Dawn.

"In saying that, we really had to work hard to clear it out and make it useable. It had had a ceiling collapse, the walls were mouldy and there were no cupboards or shelves. We installed some second-hand kitchen cabinets."  

Make sure your suppliers deliver on time 

Before you open your doors to the public, you need stock to showcase or sell. Check and double check with your artists and suppliers that they will deliver goods to your premises in plenty of time.