Pros & Cons

Start A Boutique

Pros & Cons

Trying to understand the pros and cons of starting a boutique?

Here are all of the pros and cons of selling boutique online:

Pros Description
Flexibility You can put as much time into the business as you'd like. If you like the work and have some initial experience, you can start small and manage all aspects of the business on your own.
Ability to start your business from home It's not necessary to have a physical storefront or office space to get your business started. You can do everything from the comfort of your own home, at least in the beginning!
Meaningful business connections You never know who you will meet as a boutique. This could be the start of an incredible business opportunity!
High customer retention rates Once a customer invests in your product, they've invested their time and energy to utilize your product/service which is highly valuable to them. Typically, your product or service becomes indispensable to your customer.
Easy to encourage "impulse buy" In the boutique, you have a much higher chance of encouraging your customers to buy on impulse - you can easily alter the price, placement, packaging, and promotional value to influence the decision of your buyer.
Pick & choose the clients you work with Boutiquees have the ability to choose the clients they work with. You have the freedom to work with only a few loyal clients or with hundreds of clients!
Control of workload With starting a boutique, you have the unique ability to choose how little or how much you want to work. You also have the freedom to decide which projects you want to work on, and can turn down the ones that do not interest you.
Gain exposure and experience This career allows you to gain experience working for multiple different businesses - which will benefit your resume and also keep things interesting for you!
Unlimited income potential With starting a boutique there is no cap as to how much income you can make. The stronger your business skills and the more energy/time you put into your career, the more you'll make.
Amazing perks and discounts Working in the boutique comes with its perks! As a seller for these products/services, you typically also get to enjoy industry perks and discounts.
Predictable income stream Your businesses income stream tends to be predictable based on the number of customers you have signed up. This makes financial planning and outlooks much more seamless!
Higher likelihood of getting referrals This business is all about referrals, which can be a a very impactful way to attract and retain customers. It's critical that you have a great referral program in place that incentivizes your customers to tell their friends about your product.
Simple business model A boutique has the advantage of a simple business model, which makes launching and building the business more seamless.
Control your own destiny Starting A Boutique allows you to control every aspect of your life and make your own dreams come true every day.
Greater Income Potential With this business, the sky is the limit in regards to your income potential.
You get to do something you truly love With starting a boutique, you get to put your energy into something you are truly passionate about! You'll find yourself devoting as much time and energy as possible into the business to make it successful.
You can decide who you work with Gone are the days of working in a toxic work environment with employees that you may not vibe with. As a small business owner, you get to decide who you work and surround yourself with.
You get to inspire others Your business is one that encourages and inspires others, which in itself, can be very fulfilling.
You establish yourself as an expert With starting a boutique, you establish yourself as an expert in your niche, which builds your credibility. In return, customers are more likely to trust you and refer you to other friends and family.
Can build solid foundation of clients It's unlikely you will have one-off customers as a boutique. Typically, you have a solid foundation of clients that use your product and services regularly.
Low maintenance customers In this industry, customers are known to be very appreciative and low maintenance. This can help with your stress levels and allow you to focus on growing your business.
Results and revenue happen quickly! Unlike other businesses, it can be relatively quick to start seeing results and revenue. As long as you follow [all the steps](https://www.starterstory.com/validate-business-idea) to validate your idea before launch, you are likely to see quick results and ROI.
Cons Description
Motivation of employees If you plan to have a sales/content team on board, finding creative ways to motivate them can be a challenge. It's important that you're able to offer great incentives and a good work environment for your employees.
Longer Sales Process A boutique can be a big time and money investment for your customer, so it's important you plan and predict a longer conversion funnel and stay in communication with potential customers.
Low margins The gross margins for your boutique are typically around 8%, which can make it more challenging to incur new expenses and maintain profitability.
High employee turnover In the boutique, employee turnover is often high, which can be quite costly and time consuming for your business. It's important to try and avoid this as much as possible by offering competitive pay, benefits, and a positive work environment.
High overhead expenses With starting a boutique, there are overhead expenses that come with selling a physical product. You will want to make sure you strategically budget for these overhead costs. We discuss this more in the startup costs section below.
You may need to charge sales tax If you are selling your products in various states, you may be required to charge sales tax. Although this may not impact your financials specifically, it can be a headache to create a process and procedure for this. To learn more about sales tax, check out [this article](https://www.thebalancesmb.com/do-i-need-to-collect-sales-taxes-in-my-state-398913)
Churn In this business, customers can cancel their membership or subscription for your services - which can make revenue forecasting challenging and unpredictable. It's important to focus on your churn rates and trends so that you can prevent this as much as possible.
Time commitment With starting a boutique, all responsibilities and decisions are in your hands. Although this is not necessarily a negative thing, work life can take over at times. This can place a strain on friends and family and add to the pressure of launching a new business.
Difficult to build trust with your customer With starting a boutique, there can be minimal face-to-face interaction, which means it can be a lot more difficult to establish trust with your customers. You'll need to go the extra mile with your customer to grab their attention and business.
Impatient customers You may offer an engaging user experience for your customer, but customers expect a lot and may be impatient if they aren't pleased with your product or service.
You might struggle financially (at first)! If you bootstrap your business or choose not to pay yourself (or pay yourself less than you were making at your corporate job), this can be financially taxing. It's important to adjust your lifestyle and set a plan for yourself so you don't find yourself in a stressful situation.
Difficult to scale With a boutique, it can be challenging to find ways to scale. Check out [this article](https://www.inc.com/jeff-bussgang/scaling-a-business-is-hard.html) that discusses scaling your business and the challenges that come with it.
Learning Curve When you start your own business, you no longer have upper management to provide you with a playbook for your roles and responsibilities. You should know the ins and outs of every aspect of your business, as every decision will come down to you.
Equipment Breakdowns Over the years, your equipment can get damaged, break down, and may need repairs which can be expensive. It's important you prepare for these expenses and try to avoid damages/wear & tear as much as possible.
Technical issues can be frustrating Technical issues are common in this business. If you struggle with the technical side of things, you may want to consider outsourcing this responsibility to save yourself the time and frustration.
More challenging to earn passive income It can be more of a challenge to make passive income in this business. Often times, the amount of revenue you bring in is limited by the amount of time you have in the day.