How to Open an Anime Store

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An anime store stocks Japanese-style cartoons.
An anime store stocks Japanese-style cartoons. (Image: manga styled lady samurai image by Anastasia Serdyukova from Fotolia.com)

Anime are Japanese cartoons that are very bright and colorful; they can sometimes be adult-oriented. As an anime fan, having your own anime store can be a dream come true. Stock your anime store with drawings, posters, videos, posterboards and varying anime toys. With the right procedure of plans, you can set up everything you need to create and open an anime store.

Things You'll Need

  • Phone access
  • Business grant or grant, if applicable
  • Business license (federal, state and local)
  • Tax identification number
  • Employer identification number

Decide what kind of anime you would like to have in your store. Comics, magazines, videos, posters, posterboard drawings or anime toys. Compile a written list of ideas. Order merchandise for your store from such places as "Robert's Anime Corner Store," "The Anime Corner Store" or "Anime Castle." You may also want to establish relationships with independent anime artists from your area and stock their work.

Seek business help if required. The Business.gov website offers a page listing business assistance and training. The type of training that you will need or might need to get assistance for is how to properly advertise and run an anime store. You would want to have knowledge in anime cartoons and shows. You would also need to know what types of anime toys there are and the functions they have.

Choose where you would like to open your store by contacting your state economic development agency. They can give you more information about locating commercial property to open a store. An ideal location for an anime store might be a mall store or a store along a main road or where a lot of traffic passes by. You would want to find a store that offers shelving and display cases to stock your anime merchandise. You would also want plenty of wall space to hang posters and artwork. You would want an average store space of around 600 square feet or more.

Market your anime store in the newspaper by posting an advertisement on the opening of your store. Create and pass out fliers. If possible, hang a banner for your store on roads with a lot of traffic near your store.

Apply for different grants such as government loans if needed to fund your store. You can apply for a small business loan through the government. The 7(a) Loan program allows you to apply for a loan that the government and loaning companies help you with for your first business.

Decide if you would like to create your business as a sole proprietor, partnership, LLC, a corporation or cooperative. If you are starting the business yourself, choose to be a sole proprietor. If you are choosing to open the business in a partnership, choose a partnership.

Create a store name and register it with your state government. See the resource labeled " Business Name Registration " at the website Business.gov. This page will allow you to search your specific state to register your store name. Choose a name that fits your anime store and a name that would appeal to your potential anime customers.

Call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933 or go to IRS.gov to apply for an Employer Identification Number. This is a federal tax identification number used to recognize you as a business.

See the page at Business.gov in resources entitled "State Taxes" to locate your state and register with your state for a tax identification number, worker's insurance, and unemployment if necessary.

Navigate to the Business.gov page entitled "Business Licenses and Permits" in resources to search the federal, state and local licenses required for your store. Search licenses or permits required by entering a city, state or zip code into the corresponding box. Choose a business type and select "Search."

Read the reference page entitled "Ten Steps to Hiring Your First Employee" at website for detailed information and the process you must undergo if you are wanting to hire employees. You would want to hire employees with a background and who are knowledgeable in anime posters, artwork and anime toys.

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