Ten Tips on How to Start a Concierge Business
1. Do a business plan. It really doesn’t matter how short or long it is, nor does it have to be fancy with colored charts. However, you really should do one so that you know where you are going, what you are doing and how you’re going to get there.
2. Create your business cards and website. This can all be done on a shoestring with today’s software, but having them is a vital part of a business. Vistaprint and WordPress are just two companies you can use to get started. There are hundreds more out there to help you.
3. Get some business liability insurance! Please don’t start a business without it.
4. Legal Documents – contracts, agreements, etc… Get this right the first time and you won’t have to put out fires in the future. You’ll need both client contracts as well as vendor agreements.
5. Do NOT quit your job, go out and rent an office, buy or rent furniture and hire employees. THINK ABOUT IT FIRST! First and foremost, you need to be able to feed your family and pay your bills so make sure that you have either enough money saved to last you at least 6 months, possibly even a year worth set aside or you have some other
6. Find a target market! There are so many niches for this business that you might be tempted to do them all when you first open up. However, I strongly suggest that you choose one or two niche markets and go after them first. Do them well and then you can choose a few more. If they don’t do well and tank, then you have hundreds of other niches to choose from! Choose a new niche and then re-focus, re-work your business and then re-launch! The key here is to never ever give up!!! Some niches around the country include hospitals, small/medium/large companies, condominiums, shopping malls, airports, office buildings, neighborhoods, individuals, colleges/universities, country clubs, senior market and more. I could go on and on there are so many out there!
7. Market, market, market… join your local chamber of commerce, networking groups… get out there and shake people’s hands and tell them what you do! Talk it up everywhere you go. Attend as many expos and rec