As I get more and more into the natural parenting world with cloth diapers, carriers, etc etc I have noticed not only the abundance of WAHM stores, but also the lack of "really good" ones. This has lead me to really want to open one of my own. I am wondering, has this market already been saturated? Would another store make it? I know all of this of course depends on advertising, ease of use, product availability, customer service, etc.
I have great business mentors and resources. I have the money to invest, I have the general know how-- but no online retail experience. I have the time--DD is super easy going and will be starting to do things like preschool soon. I do have a little bean on the way, but he is going to be our last.
I've considered purchasing an online store already established, but am not able to relocate to over see the management of an established business (DH is in the Army and we will be moving... a lot for the next 3 years)
I don't need the store to immediately take off and generate income, but I would like to have it be profitable and growing by the 5 year mark. <--- Possibly set up a brick and mortar store in our home town where there is nothing like this and the demand is growing!
I am super determined and KNOW that I can handle the customer service/fulfillment part of it. Everything that I am not comfortable with--web design, marketing, accounting I can hire out or learn! My in-laws both have doctorate degrees in business and my DH is almost done with his MBA in business management and accounting.
I guess what I want to know is, is there room for another cloth diaper/ baby store? What would lead you to choose a store to purchase cloth diapers, carriers, etc?
Has anyone had any experience with this? TIA!