View Full Version : How much have your start up costs roughly been!

07-03-2006, 01:36 PM

I'm just interested to ask those who are already running business's and those who are in the process of starting one, how much your start up costs have been. I just wanted to see what is acheivable with different amounts of money. Of course starting your own website building company will cost less to start up than a bar but then turnovers etc will also be a lot less. Also have any been had luck with local grants. I don't mean prince's trust by local grants which you justify, as you are benefitting the environment, bringing jobs into community, providing a service etc.

Regards, Tony.

07-03-2006, 01:51 PM
I think your poking around in the dark with this question because the results would be far ranging and just because you might afford to start that type of business does not mean it will be a success.

How about picking 3-5 types of business you would in interested in running, and finding out the startup costs for these so you can find the most viable option to suit you?

07-03-2006, 03:45 PM
so far 250+VAT for branding & identity. Ingredients 25lbs for 46.48 to produce 189 items.

07-03-2006, 03:46 PM
If you made a poll, people would be more willing to reply ; )

07-03-2006, 03:49 PM
Originally posted by kinster
so far 250+VAT for branding & identity. Ingredients 25lbs for 46.48 to produce 189 items.

curious what you make?

07-03-2006, 03:50 PM
Hi Tony

What is it your looking to do exactly?

In terms of start up costs, they can vary quite abit.

I bought my first business just over a year ago, a laser tag centre for 27,000 which also included the first years rent. The business had been established for 13 years and while the activity is not as popular as when it first came out, the business still turns over a decent profit.

To start something like this up from scratch you would probably be looking at paying between 80,000 and 100,000 depending on the building.

The next business which I am looking at is a Family entertainment centre with the soft play area's and climbing frame etc. I am looking to spend between 120,000 - 150,000 but equally you could set a smaller one up for probably 60,000 to 70,000.
(Those climbing frames are unbelievably expensive!)

Having been a student before and regreted not starting a business earlier the only thing I would say is that you do have access to many loans (including the student loan company who charge a very low apr and which you don't need to repay until you are earning over 15,000 per year).
And you also have plenty of time on your hands - I think I was meant to be at Uni for 20 hours per week (doing business studies as well) but once you get the notes you could probably pick and choose the lessons you attend if you wanted to.

Do you know what your interested in?


07-03-2006, 03:52 PM
It's costing me almost 10k according to my spreadsheet!! That includes all expenses like travel, subsistence etc.

But I've just VAT registered which means I should reclaim back about 800.

I've actually obtained 5k grant from a charity to support social entrepreneurs...i.e. in my case developing resources for school science classes.

But turnover has only been about 1k.

Are people normally secretive about these things and ....um...should I be ...

07-03-2006, 03:52 PM
Originally posted by nick.martin
curious what you make?

it's cereal, but it isn't ready yet.