Like in any other SME business it is important to find an ideal location for your business, but since this is a mini grocery you can start this in front of your home, just make sure that there are people who are willing to buy what you are selling, if you are living in a remotely secluded place then consider renting a small place in a residential area, around one thousand five hundred to two thousand pesos a month for a rent in a populated area will give you are good profit as long as you manage your store well. If you failed to choose the right location then don't start your grocery business in the wrong area because you will only lose your investments and it will give you a lot of frustrations, remember that for a business to become profitable, right location is a must! If you want to know how to start a grocery business in the Philippines which is larger than a sari-sari store then please visit my other blog post about it to learn more.
Once you secured your place then its time to prepare the goods that you will be selling, to know this you must know what the market wants, in our area basic foods such as noodles and canned goods are a big hit, candies, cookies and chips also sell well. You can also sell rice and softdrinks and different school products such as paper, pen, pencil, folders and colored paper.
To make it easier for you, go get a pen and paper and list down all the products you want to sell and list down the price. Of course you want to find a store that offers lower price for products you want to buy, this means you will get bigger profit or you can lower your prices to shake the competition in your area. Some store owners buy their items in Pure Gold or public market, you can do so but its much better to canvas first so you will be sure. Another option is to buy your items on product agents that offer lower price. Below are things you want to include in your mini grocery store
Rice, per kilo
Sugar, per kilo, repack in retail
Canned goods, corned beef, sardines, viands, tuna
Bread and biscuits
Candies, different varieties
Soap and shampoo
Softdrinks, ice candy and ice, if you have refrigerator
Chips and snacks
E-Load, Smart, Globe and Sun!
Spices, pepper, salt and other stuffs
Start with the goods above and add different products as the number of your customer grows.
"Start Small and grow with the business"
Now its time to sell your goods, if you are a newly opened store, don't expect people to flock at your grocery store, you will have to wait for days before they become used to your existence. While waiting for customers try to repack some goods like oil, vinegar, pepper, sugar, salt and other spices. Filipino people is fond of buying retail goods and repacking will give you better profit so don't miss it.
When a customer buys in your sari-sari store be sure to treat him/her nicely, I admit that there are many annoying customers but don't let them annoy you, always think that if there are customers there are profit. With patience and good attitude towards customer you might get a lot of "suki" or people who always buy different things in your sari-sari store.
"Customer = Profit $$$"
Now its time to discuss how to avoid the mismanagement of your very own sari-sari store business, the answer is to be frugal and get some discipline, also learn to manage your own small business! Some store owners let others manage their mini grocery, it might be bad especially if the "other" don't love your business and treat the customers badly or worse they might be bagging some the store income! Remember that if you start a business treat it well and it will also treat you well by becoming profitable. It doesn't matter if it is only a small business idea as long as you manage it well it will become big and prosperous.