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How to start a mini Supermarket in Uganda

How to start a mini supermarket in Uganda.

A mini supermarket according to is store that sells food and sometimes other goods but is not as big as a supermarket.

In other words, a mini supermarket is a short version of a supermarket.

How to start a mini Supermarket in Uganda
A man searching for butter in a supermarket

Mini supermarkets are easy to start up as compared to the usual type of supermarkets and it may cost you around 3 to 5 Million Uganda Shillings to establish your own mini supermarket.

Today we are looking at the few steps one can take to start a mini supermarket in Uganda.

Step 1: Market Research

Like all other businesses, before starting a mini supermarket, you need to look for a place that has customers for what you want to sell in your supermarket.

You can only tell if a place has customers after carrying out research in that place. This is where market research comes in.

Market research according to Investopedia is the process of determining the viability of a new service or product through research conducted directly with potential customers.

Market research allows a company to discover the target market and get opinions and other feedback from consumers about their interest in the product or service.

Many people skip this step because they see it as a waste of money and time, but the truth is this step is so crucial if you don’t want to waste your money starting up a mini supermarket in a place that has few or no customers at all.

Market research helps you seek out the best places where your business can thrive.

Without doing market research, you are likely to start your business in any place which may or may not have customers. It is taking a risk.

To be on the safe side, it is good to take time and inspect the place where you intend to start your mini supermarket. See how the place is. Is it suitable for your mini supermarket?

Step 2: A Business Plan

Each business requires a plan so does the supermarket.

A business plan can include what want your business will supply (products and services), how many workers your business will require(Executive summary), your marketing strategy and analysis and a budget.

A business plan is crucial if you plan to solicit money from sources like banks, venture capitalists, government grants and many more.

A business plan also shows your seriousness as a business owner and other businesses can easily decide to work with you after seeing your business plan alone.

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Step 3: A Decent Location

Supermarkets are highly influenced by their physical location. Should you get this wrong, it can all be over before it even starts.

As you are thinking about starting a mini supermarket, a place where to locate your business should also be on your mind.

A nice place for a supermarket should have some of the following characteristics;

  • Accessibility: The area should be accessible by anyone.
  • Security: It is good to put your supermarket in a secure place.
  • Site location: A supermarket thrives in densely populated areas or streets.

Step 4: Startup Capital

Starting a mini-supermarket requires startup capital. You as a business owner need to raise this money before starting your business.

You can get your startup money in four ways;

  • Raising the money yourself from your personal savings
  • asking for help from friends and family
  • Getting a loan from the bank
  • Asking for money from venture capitalists.

Note: Startup capital should not be a limiting factor for your business. If you don’t have capital yourself, you can apply for a loan and get capital from the bank.

Most banks in Uganda have business startup loans that have a very low interest attached to them.

If you need a venture capitalist, we have a list of venture capitalists who can sponsor your business. See the list now.

See Currently Active Venture Capitalists in Uganda

Step 5: Find Suppliers

All supermarkets have suppliers and yours too requires suppliers.

Suppliers will be your partners in your business and a good relationship with them is fundamental for the success of your business.

According to what your supermarket will sell, that is what you will look for a supplier for.

Most suppliers currently go looking for supermarkets to supply their products to them, so you may not hustle a lot to find suppliers for your supermarket.

But if it is a first-time startup, you need to find your own suppliers who will give you the stock to sell.

If you are not sure who to contact as a supplier, you can ask the managers or owners of the neighbouring supermarkets who their suppliers are and ask them to supply you too.

You Can Find Some Suppliers Here. → SuperMarket Suppliers in Uganda

Finding the real manufacturers of what you sell and dealing with them as your suppliers is better than dealing with middlemen because middlemen charge more than what the real manufacturers charge.

Step 7: Register Your Business

You can not operate a supermarket business here in Uganda without registering it and getting a licence to operate your business.

So among what you have to consider when starting a mini supermarket is registering your business.

You can follow this link and register for your supermarket now!

See what is required to register a business here in Uganda.

Registering your business gives your business a higher chance of gaining from different government projects like business grants, getting a loan from the bank, partnering with other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and also some relax on the tax charged on your business if you register as an LLP (Limited Liability Partnership ).

So registering your business adds a big value to your business and its credibility and legibility.

Step 8: Set up

After doing all the above, you have to set up your supermarket for business. You can carry out steps like cleaning the place, painting the room, placing products on shelves, and much more.

You need to display your products so well that all your products are easily seen on their shelves by customers without first consulting an attendant.

Smartness should be enforced in your supermarket. No one likes buying products from a messy place.

Paint the walls of your room with colours that blend well with the general outlook of the supermarket.

Step 9: Hire Workers

Most supermarkets have more than one person operating them.

If your supermarket is big, you will need to hire workers.

This job is normally handled by Human Resource Managers but if you are starting and you have no managers in your business yet, you can hire yourself.

The workers in your supermarkets are the keys to success or failure.

If you hire lazy and rude workers in your supermarket you will have no customers coming to your supermarket.

In the same way, if you hire untrustworthy workers, your business will always keep running short of products and money.

As you hire workers, look for those who love doing what you are going to hire them for. Where necessary, hire workers who are qualified for what you want them for.

Don’t hire a worker based on feelings but rather a qualifications. Don’t hire your brother to work as a cashier if he isn’t qualified, he will ruin your business.

See the mistakes you should avoid when starting your supermarket.

See Mistakes To Avoid When Starting A Business

Step 10: Advertise

Last but not least is advertising your supermarket. People need to know about your presence so you need to update them about your presence, you do this by advertising.

There are many ways how you can advertise but the most commonly used methods of advertising in Uganda are through Radio, Newspapers and TV.

From personal experience, Radio and TV are the best means of advertising almost all businesses here in Uganda because the majority of people in Uganda here have a TV or Radio.

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There are other ways of advertising like using banners. This method is cheap but localised. Other means of advertising may be through social media, google ads and much more.

Your Turn…

That is all that is required to start a mini supermarket in Uganda. Supermarkets are good and profitable.

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