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Frozen few products can be sold on the Internet using an online shop, which is linked to a distribution center. This makes start-up costs low, as there is no need for a customer-focused store. There are a variety of frozen food products available to sell. You need to decide which products you are going to specialize in before you can start marketing and developing your business.
Pick your frozen food products to sell. Research the frozen food retailers in your area and look for a niche in the market. For example, you can sell homemade frozen products or organic meats. Select products that are easy to obtain so you do not run out of stock as your business grows.
Create a business plan. Include your target geographical location and consumer market, the resources you need (both human and financial) and your marketing and expansion plans. Ask friends and family to review your plan for spelling, grammar and punctuation. Consult a business consultant if you do not know how to create a business plan.
Find start-up funding. If you do not have sufficient savings to cover start-up costs, visit your bank with your business plan and ask to speak to an adviser about loans for small businesses. Contact the U.S. Small Business Administration and ask about SBA loans for entrepreneurs (see Resource).
Find a distribution center. This should be close to major transport links, such as a highway network, and have the capacity (in terms of space and power points) to hold industrial-scale freezers for your products.
Set up a website. Select a domain name that is related to your business, such as frozenfoodproducts.com, and pick a Web hosting service. Many companies offer an all-inclusive package that offers both services together. Employ a Web designer to build your website. Make sure there is a shopping basket and a secure payment system, such as PayPal.
Obtain a food license. Before you can start operating, you'll need a food distribution license. This costs $75 to $200 and is available through your local health department.
Market your business. Tell friends and family about your venture and post it on local business directories.
Have a grand opening and invite the press to gain exposure.
Make sure your food meets health and safety standards.
- Have a grand opening and invite the press to gain exposure.
- Make sure your food meets health and safety standards.