By jeremyj - United States
Today, is the third day since I opened my small coffee shop. My parents had given me a nice frame to put my first dollar from working in. I had to sneak in a dollar from my own wallet so they wouldn't know how bad business was when they came to visit. FML
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  awagh666  |  14

Stick with it dude. They say that when you start a business, you slog for 365 days with very little business and on 366th day, you'll be on a roll. All the best OP.

  syley  |  5

71) the only location we have is that it's in the US that's like saying "my shoe store is in russia" America is a big country.

  gntfmlingnow  |  12

Unfortunately, the first day is the most important of them all. You've missed any opportunity for pre-planning...

My suggestion would be to try and advertise anywhere any everywhere possible.

  Screwie  |  25

I'll start.

Censored because I honestly don't remember if writing the whole thing is allowed or not. Any enlightening from a mod, anyone?

  SkoomaKi  |  27

Advertisements could include: posters, fliers, a crazy old man spreading the word, aerial flags, smoke writing above your shop (made by plane), shouting really loudly through a microphone, spamming on the Internet (YouTube, twitter, Facebook, tumblr, etc), TV, a car wash with sexy woman, telling friends and family, get a vehicle with your shop's name on it and drive around in it and make a Popsicle franchise to widen your business.

Hope this helped.

  jaredofmo  |  22

Get yourself a cool viral video going. Worked for Dollar Shave Club and Chuck Testa. Just, you know, don't copy...

"Is our coffee any good? No... Our coffee is fucking great!"

"You probably thought this coffee was from Starbucks. It's not. It's from (enter name of shop here)."

Yeah, don't do that.

  22cute  |  17

Yes! Try Groupons or Living Social they usually bring in all the business people can handle. Also make sure you have regular hours, a very visible sign, and a gimmick like free small coffee with pastry purchase.

  trollcrusher  |  17

Well, yeah... 2 seconds after he said it. I'm sure she said: "Hey, I'm gonna copy Skoomaki and write what he did", then proceeded to write and post her comment. In 2 seconds.

  Il_Maestro  |  6

Not true. I was chasing this girl FOREVER and it didn't work out. I don't know whether she ran track or what, but she didn't get tired for a while even though she was screaming at the top of her lungs and spraying ample pepper spray out behind her.

Point is she got away. All that hard work for nothing. Guess we all have that one who got away...

  XtraEzeee  |  8

You know, I was reading your comment and read "apple pepper spray," and thought, why, that sounds delightful! Then I read it over and felt disappointed.

  vocaloidtiger  |  12

104 - No, you read it wrong. 38 was clearly just saying that it's no surprise that the coffee shop hasn't had much business, because the shop has only been open for a few days, which wouldn't bring in that much of a profit.

Read before you write.