I ordered the top 500 internet retailer guide, and two of my direct competitors are in the top 500. For 2006, they both had sales of close to $75,000,000 and growth rates of in between 30% and 40%. I have only been in business for about 3 months, but have a great site set up that offers the same products/availability, site functionality, professional design, shipping speeds and cost, and CLOSE prices in comparison to the leaders (obviously I can't match the leaders right now).
I am in the process of writing a business plan with a goal of getting a small business loan in the near future, but I have no idea what a realistic sales goal would be for say 6 months from now? 1 year? Further out?
Also how much money could I realistically expect to get? I am a 20 year old part-time college student, could I realistically expect to get ANYTHING from banks/lenders? I have most of my ducks in a row, but am just concerned that my age might make my situation "high risk".
Start with a guerilla attitude...low budget, 100% heart and soul...you have to do something better than your competition to succeed...become the , or "an", expert in your field...develop lots of links (provide as much useful info. free of charge as possible)...It will all grow from there.. Banks or VC's will not give you a dime unless.. 1. You already have a lot of money 2. You have a track record... 3. You can prove to them that you have re-invented the wheel