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Tips on Starting a Pharmacy

Tips on Starting a Pharmacy

Starting your own business can be rewarding on so many levels. You get to serve a need while making a difference at the same time. The reason why a lot of people don’t make it in business is that they get into it for the wrong reasons. It is very easy to give up when things are not going your way. You could be thinking about starting a pharmacy, but you’re not really sure if it is the right thing to do. There are some tips that will come in handy when thinking about starting a pharmacy business and we’re going to highlight some of them.

Location

Finding the right location is going to play a big role in the success of the pharmacy.  The location question is complex that one might assume. For starters, you’d want to know if there are other pharmacies in the target location. It could be an uphill task trying to compete with a chain store that already has a reputation. If it is individually owned, there is a chance of competing. You just have to make sure that you’re not setting up the business in a location where there are already too many pharmacies.

Capital

Just as with any other business, you’ll need capital to start. The amount you need will depend on the size of the pharmacy. It could take up to eight months before you start seeing any returns. There should be enough money to sustain the business during the first few months where everything is slow. You’ll need to search for pharmacy wholesalers so that you’re getting the best rates for the purchase of drugs. There should be enough money to sustain the business operations for at least 12 months because there are no guarantees during this time that you will break even.

Business Plan

It will be hard to start a business without a solid plan in place. That is why it is important that you’re getting it right from the onset. The business plan will have all the financial implications and cost projections involved. The business plan will also help in securing funds if you’ll be depending on investors to start. Investors mostly care about how you’re going to make the money. If you can show them how to, they’ll be more than willing to put their money in the business. It is advisable you’re reaching out to an accountant and an attorney to make sure that all the details have been ironed out.

Obtain the Necessary Licenses

Selling drugs is different from any other kind of business. You’ll be tasked with improving people’s lives. You don’t want to be open to litigation because of the drugs you sell or the business practices. That is why it is important that you’re making sure that you’ve obtained all the necessary licenses that are required for the business to be operational.

Duration For Opening the Pharmacy

If you’re serious about opening such a business, it shouldn’t take you more than six months to set it up. The planning might take a little bit more time but once everything is in place, it is just a matter of consistency.

How Pharmacies Make Money

You’re probably wondering how you’re supposed to be making money with such a business. Pharmacies buy drugs in wholesale and sell them at retail prices. Having an edge over your competition could improve the margins too. It all depends on how you position yourself in the market.

Insurance

You don’t want to be liable in case of a lawsuit. Even though rare, it doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. The most important thing is to ensure that you’re having all the credentials necessary to run the business. All the contracts and practice agreements will also have to be in place for the business to run smoothly.

Negotiate

You can never know if getting a good deal is possible without asking. Since you’re buying in wholesale, you’re likely to get a better deal when you negotiate. You should also research different suppliers just to make sure that you’re getting the best deal in the market. You might be surprised that there is a big difference with the pricing.

Conclusion

Starting a business is one thing but having the courage and strength to persevere is another. That is why you should have a solid business plan in place that will try and mitigate the risks of failure. If the business plan is well laid out, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be getting investors.

 

 

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