Books and Information Kits
The best all-around information kit for starting a quilting store is ... How to Start your Own Quilt Shop, in the version with the business plan templates; read my review here.
In addition to the quilt shop book, you will also want several books about opening and running a retail store.
You will find helpful advice for an online quilt shop in these books:
Buying an Existing Quilt Shop
Run an online search with the phrase “quilt shop for sale.” Be sure to investigate any listing carefully to ensure it is legitimate before providing any personal information.
Also, check out these books about buying an existing business on Amazon.
Retail Associations and Magazines
Quilt Trade Association: A nonprofit association for quilt shop owners that offers webinars and a newsletter.
Craft and Hobby Association: A nonprofit organization for sellers of any type of craft supplies that offers a variety of educational resources.
Quilt Sampler magazine presents in-depth profiles and photos of retail quilt shops around North America. Look at several back issues for inspiration.
These podcast episode specifically discuss starting and owning a quilt shop:
- While She Naps episode #32: Kathy Mack of Pink Chalk Fabrics
- Modern Sewciety episode #69: Brenda Ratliff Of Pink Castle Fabrics
Retail Business Services
Logo, web page, and other graphic design: www.99designs.com.
Payment card readers and point-of-sale (cash register) systems that operate on a smartphone or digital tablet for use in a retail or event shop are available from various companies including Square, Intuit QuickBooks, and PayPal. Important Note: Be sure you read and understand all of the terms, fees, requirements, and other information before signing up for one of the services.
Website hosting services are available from a variety of companies; I use Squarespace to host this site. These companies may also offer the shopping cart services you will need for accepting orders and processing payments on your website. Important Note: Be sure you read and understand all of the terms, fees, requirements, and other information before signing up for one of the services.
Your online or event shop will appear more professional to customers if you offer a toll-free number they can call to place an order, ask questions, receive customer service. For a toll-free number that goes directly to your home or mobile phone, explore a monthly service such as the one offered by Grasshopper.