Start Up!

Now that you are ready to start your pop-up, you’ll need to make sure the “Start-Up” phase is effective and efficient. The following is a guideline to help you determine your readiness level! How much will you need to get the pop-up shop up and running?

Starting Capital

  • Beginning Capital (your own money)
  • Love Money (from friends and family)
  • Corporate or Other Sponsorship(s)
  • Community or Government Bursaries
  • Total Start-Up Capital

Starting Expenses

  • Rent
  • Inventory
  • Store Preparation Costs
  • Advertising / Marketing
  • Staff
  • Point of Sale System
  • Petty Cash
  • Total Start-Up Expenses

Your total start-up capital should be more than your total start-up expenses so that you have extra funds for miscellaneous and unexpected costs when operating your pop-up shop.

Operating Revenue

  • Sales
  • Service (if applicable)
  • Total Operating Revenue

Operating Expenses

  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Insurance (commercial, tenant, property, etc.)
  • Point of Sale (if it’s a recurring expense)
  • Merchandising (beyond the start-up expenses)
  • Inventory
  • Marketing (beyond the start-up expenses)
  • Legal Expenses
  • Accounting Services
  • Banking Fees
  • Employee Wages
  • Equipment and Furniture (beyond the start-up expenses)
  • Website (if applicable)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Total Operating Expenses

Your total Operating Revenue each month should be significantly higher than your total Operating Expenses for the pop-up shop to be sustainable and successful.