I kinda kept you hanging over the weekend. I’m sure you were super jittery with anticipation for almost 3 days, wondering what in the heck my Plan D is. Wait no more, my friends.
Ok, just kidding. Honestly, my Plan D is a modified Plan C with a more realistic time frame. I am still planning on staying in South Florida. I am still planning on opening my own tea shop locally. However, due to the fact that no one is showering me with oodles of money because of my brilliant tea shop idea (weird, right?), I’ve adapted my goals.
Goal #1: Create a website selling delicious, high-quality, looseleaf teas cleverly packaged in cute gift containers in time for the holiday shopping season.
Goal #2: Start selling my tea locally as well, probably at farmers markets (or green markets, as they’re called in these parts). Get my name out there. This would also be a good idea for holiday shopping.
Goal #3: Start a brick-and-mortar tea shop in 2015, hopefully in time for the tourist season. Approximately 1 year from now.
I obviously have a TON of work to do, buuuuuut (and it’s a big but!*) I think it’s all doable. I have already come up with a GENIUS name for my company (shhh… I can’t tell you yet. Gotta register for a trademark!). I’ve purchased the dot com and created a Facebook page, Twitter account, and email address. I also have to officially organize a company. I’ve decided an LLC is the way to go for moi. I’ve gotta figure out the specifics of that, though, because I’m pretty sure I need a physical address for my LLC (no P.O. boxes allowed) to register with the state of Florida. But I’m also pretty sure my residence is not actually zoned for conducting business. So, can I apply for a variance? I’m not sure. Yay bureaucracy! So confusing…
In terms of Goal #3: my future brick-and-mortar tea shop, I’ve got a neighborhood I’m keeping my eye on.** I think it’s set to gentrify in the next few years. If I can get in on the front end of that redevelopment, I imagine I’ll be sitting pretty in my awesome tea shop with hopefully reasonable rent.
I’ll keep you posted!
* Thank you to Mr. I., my 9th grade geometry teacher for that gem of a pun.
** There, I did it again! Those darn prepositions at the end of sentences! What was I thinking??