Darts is a throwing game that utilises a circular board, known as a dartboard, and small, pointy-tipped objects known as darts. Many people enjoy playing darts, and businesses such as pool halls offer darts as a way to entertain customers. Darts come in a wide variety of designs, colours and types, which makes it possible for dart retailers to specialise in a niche. Some companies sell darts directly to consumers, while others sell darts on a business-to-business basis.
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Things you need
- Storage facility
Determine whether you will open a retail dart company, or a company that distributes darts to retailers and other businesses. In either case, you will need to buy darts wholesale. As a distributor, you will need a storage facility for your inventory, since you will have to buy larger quantities of darts at a time.
Obtain the permits required in your area to start a retail business. Depending on where you live, this may include a fictitious name certificate stating the name you are "doing business as" (DBA), employer identification number (EIN), and a resale permit or sales and use tax permit. Contact your local small business development centre or Small Business Administration (SBA) office to find out what you need.
Find a selling venue for your dart company if you will be retailing them, and a commercial storage facility if you will distribute them on a wholesale basis. Retailers can open a traditional brick-and-mortar or and online dart store. Starting an online dart business is less expensive since there is less overhead, and you can expand to a physical location at a later time.
Purchase wholesale darts from a supplier. If you are opening a physical store, buy shelving and other retail supplies as well. Online dart retailers will need shipping boxes, labels, a domain name and an e-commerce software solution to help you manage the day-to-day operation of your business.
Advertise your dart company by giving exclusive discounts to dart clubs, buying ads on popular dart playing websites and forums, sending flyers to billiards halls and sporting goods stores or starting a promotional blog or website.
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