Understand your budget:
It is very important to first understand your budget as starting any type of home business can be quite expensive. Be sure that you have enough money for purchasing supplies and marketing materials.
Develop a business plan:
Put together a comprehensive business plan which outlines exactly what you want to do and how you are going to go about it. This business plan is ideal for getting any potential funding or quite possibly a loan from the bank. Your business plan will keep you organised while starting your gift basket home business.
Hire a lawyer:
It is always a good idea to hire a competent lawyer to help you register a company name and get all of the permits filled out that you will need to legally operate your gift basket home business. A good reputable lawyer will cost some money but it is well worth it as he or she will take care of all the necessary paperwork for you.
Carefully organise your gift baskets by any method that you want. Keep it simple and streamline your production capacity in case of large orders.
Make brochure / catalogue:
Make a high quality brochure or catalogue that highlights your gift baskets. These materials will be needed for your marketing and advertising.
Make a decent website displaying all of your gift baskets with your contact information. This will allow other people to see your stocks and contact you directly. Try to link your website with other larger sites for coverage.
Sell through others:
You can put your gift baskets on larger websites that will give you some space to show off your stock. These sites are very busy and give you excellent coverage for a small percentage of your sales.
Marketing and advertising:
Put brochures and flyers all around town in different shops and stores where people are always around. This will catch their eye and hopefully get you some orders. You can also advertise in various local newspapers to let other people know about your gift basket home business.