Starting a warehouse business isn’t without its difficulties, but it can be done if you want it badly enough.
This post will tell you everything you need to know before you begin, so you can feel confident in your entrepreneurial choices!
If you plan on being a top warehouse business owner, you need to make sure you’re educated enough about the services that are big in the industry, including creating a business plan!
Unfortunately, history has proven that not many entrepreneurs are capable of running a profitable warehouse business.
Many of them don’t properly weigh up the competition in their area before beginning their venture.
Looking at the Competition
Look at your competition so you know exactly who you are up against.
Then consider how they became successful and what lessons you can learn from them.
You’ll also need to differentiate yourself to make sure you stand out in the market.
It might help you to already speak to a successful person in the business to get good advice.
It’s probably best if you contact businesses outside of your area, as they’ll be more likely to give you good advice.
Determining Building Size
In order to keep your costs at a manageable level, you need to know exactly what to store.
You might want to store books, electronics, or something else entirely. By targeting small businesses who may need warehousing services first, you can slowly build up your client base.
You could even consider creating your own niche in the market.
Depending on the size of the building, you’ll also need to consider the costs involved; heating for instance. Winrow recommend that you write everything down so you don’t get any surprise costs.
Start Up Costs
To start up a warehousing business, you could be looking at anything from £10,000 to £50,000.
You may already have some start up capital, but you might want to look into finding investors or getting a loan. For this, you’ll need to put together a business plan.
Also, consider ways you can save money so you don’t blow your loan/budget too quickly.
You won’t be able to run a warehousing business alone.
You’ll need to hire employees to take care of certain tasks and do some of the heavy lifting. It’s very important that you know your responsibilities when hiring employees, and that you don’t hire employees you don’t need.
Whenever you hire an employee, it should do one of the following things for you:
- Save you money.
- Save you time.
- Make you money.
Building a Client Base
When you’re ready to go, building a client base is your next big concern.
You can sign up with certain associations in your area who will point clients in your direction. You can also advertise on the radio, TV, in the paper, etc.
Something else you definitely need to do; create a website.
If you don’t have one of these, you’re already losing out to your competitors. Get a professional site built so you clients contact you and read up on you the easy way.
Starting a warehousing business will be hard work, but it’ll be worth it.
These tips should hopefully start you off on the right foot.
Don’t let the thought of hard work put you off – this will be the best thing you ever do if you do it right!
How To Videos: Going From An Empty Warehouse to Fully-Functioning Fulfillment Center
ShipHero has a compelling series of Youtube videos where they show how they go from an empty warehouse to a fulfillment center shipping thousands of orders per day in just weeks
Video 1: Starting With an Empty Warehouse and Planning the Set Up
Video 2: Setting Up Picking and Packing Stations, Shelving, and Totes
Video 3: How Orders are Picked, Packed, and Shipped