Start-up businesses can feel a bit intimidated by larger competitors, so strength in numbers is a strategy that should be explored by certain new businesses.
Sharing the load in terms of premises, stock and staffing can reduce costs and provide your business with more security. Like-minded businesses and those with complementary offerings often team up, with the consumer often benefiting from better price deals too.
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This concept has been taken to an interesting new level in the US, where certain shops allow people to rent out a box and fill it with whatever they want to sell.
There are dozens of boxes in Shopping Box, a New York store that uses this method, showcasing products from a variety of artists, entrepreneurs and hobbyists.
Maybe you could provide the space for an Australian version of these box shops or perhaps you could find a shop to display your own goods. Either way, try thinking within the box.