How do first time business owners find out all the things they need to do before they can open their doors?
July 14, 2012 2:21 PM Subscribe
A hypothetical business like a pizza place (but it could be something else) wants to open up shop. How do the hypothetical first time business owners find out all the things they should or need to do before they can open their doors? Things like....
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1. Where to buy fixtures like countertops, refrigerators, tables and chairs, etc. Do they do the design themselves -- do they pick the design for the store from a catalog of sorts or have a series of consultations?
2. How to program their POS system and what POS system to use (let's say for example they want to use a touch screen with 3 terminals) -- does a pizza place usually have someone on staff who is technically inclined to get all that up and running or keep it running? Do they hire and keep on contract someone to maintain the POS systems in case they break down? How do they know who to hire? How much does that cost (ballpark)?
3. What the local regulations (business certificates, health code inspections, hours of operation limitations, other strange city-specific regulations that require inspectors or specially installed items) are for opening such a store to avoid gotchas. Do you just find these out by word of mouth? Does inspector A point out things that you need to do with inspector B and C and maybe D? Are most small businesses operating with a fear in the back of their mind that a government administrator hasn't noticed some arcane and unimportant detail regarding their operation that could shut them down?
How do people figure this stuff out? Word of mouth? Trial and error? A series of failures until one stumbles upon success? I'd imagine a place like NYC would be more lax with regulations than say, a business in the suburbs, but I really have no idea.