Boot It

Boot it is an online western and work boot shop, that has sample boots available to test out before purchasing. Boot it will allow customer to choose two different sizes and various styles that they would like to try, to ensure that the boots you desire will work for you. Instead of purchasing necessary items only to find that the square toe style is not for you or you should size up, your able to try on a couple pairs in the comfort of your home. There would be no need to drive to your local boots store or guessing online.

When I purchased my Ariat cowgirl boots online, the sizing was off. I had to pay for the return shipping and unconfidently ordered a half size down. Then waited 2 more weeks to get my new boots. Only to find that I could have gone down a whole size, but I didn’t want to pay for the return postage again or deal with the hassle if it ended up being too small. It would have been nice if I could have tried on a few pairs to see how to styles and brands vary in size, seeing as how the nearest boot store to me is over an hour away, I choose to just order them online.

The global footwear industry is $52 Billion dollars and the annual US spending on footwear is $29 Billion dollars. According to MarketWatch consumers return $221 Billion in goods each year, of that the clothing category makes up 10% of returns. The biggest reasons for returns are defective items, wrong size or item was purchased. This is a huge issue for businesses because of those items returned only 44% may be sold at full price. Getting it right the first time is extremely important. This would be a great business opportunity because having a tester product for your customer will make them happier but also be better for your business.



Revisit: Bake Shop


As of right now, I will not pursue this venture. I will keep it as an option for a later time in the future, as I am unable to devote so much necessary time to successfully create the Bake Shop.

The minimum square footage for my bakery would be 1,200 sq. ft. to successfully operate without running the risk of being too large of a space. This allows for product displays in the front of the house, a beverage refrigerator, and two restrooms. The back of house will allow for ample space for an oven, commercial mixers, chillers, baking tools and supplies. A small office would also be essential.

Location: The Premier location for the Bake Shop is 269 N Fifth St, Coalinga, CA 93210. It is located on the Easterly Side Main Street plaza which is amongst the historic downtown business district, centrally located and will provide the most foot traffic for business. It is prime location for individuals passing on route to highway 33 or to I5. The Main Street plaza is home to the farmer’s market and community festivals which are closed off for walking traffic. Currently this location is available for $38,484 and is 1,412 sqft. according to MIDSTATE realty.

Number of employees needed:

(2) Kitchen Prep– in charge of mixing the ingredients, prepping the ovens, prepare frostings, restocking ingredients, works alongside Chef.

(1) Specialty Chef– Pastry Chef will create cupcake menu, as well as seasonal flavors. Oversees baking Cupcakes.

(2) Front of House– manage register, organizes and restocks cupcake display, and setups orders ready for pick up, merchandise display, communicates with customers, and takes special orders.

(1) Delivery, Cleaning, and Maintenance– deliver orders, stocks front house supplies and place orders for ingredients and supplies, provides routine maintenance to business as well maintaining a clean and Grade A environment.

(1) Marketing and Management– in charge of advertising for Earthquake Cakes, promoting new flavors and specials, oversees financial aspects, as well as community organizational involvement.

Fixed Cost Break Down


$2,994.00 in annual premium

     -$249.00 monthly


     -$1,000.00 monthly

Startup cost

Purchase of Building: for $38,484 for 1,612 Sq. ft. building in Coalinga, CA

Building Permits: $993.75

Sign Permits: $75.00

Health Permit- Food Sales-Risk 3 $150

Baking/ Preparation Equipment:

-Doyon Air Double Deck Gas Convention Oven- $22,266.29

-Bakers Pride Cyclone Series Double Deck Full Size Gas Convention Oven- $6,000.00

-Commercial Mixers:

     Avantco Mx30qt. Gear Driven Commercial Floor Mixer- $1,829.00 * 3

     Kitchen Aid White Commercial Stand Mixer w/ Stainless Steel Bowl- $589.00 * 4

-Mixer Parts:

     Avantco Stainless Steel Bowl Guard-$48.99

     Avantco Stainless Steel Bowl for Mixers- $458.99

-Mixer Accessories:

     Kitchen Aid Wire Whip for Stand Mixers- $19.99 * 4

Merchandising Equipment:

-Refrigerated Bakery Cases:

     Turbo Air Red 60” Curved Glass Refrigerated Bakery Display Case- $6,989.30 * 2

-Grift Wrap/ Ribbon Supplies:

     Bulman Ribbon Dispenser with cutter- $122.69

     Bulman Basic 36” x 72” Packing Table w/ Shelves- $718.75

Mixing and Measuring Supplies:

-ingredient Bowls:

     Cardinal Stackable Glass Bowl 5oz.–30/Case $ 55.04

     Cardinal 2 qt. Stack Bowl- 6/Case $34.81

     Cardinal 12 oz. Stack Bowl- 36/Case $83.67

     Cardinal Glass Bowl 4.5 Qt.- $11.18

-Measuring Cups:

     Choice 1 Pint Clear Measuring Cup- $1.79 x 2

     Choice 4 qt. Clear Measuring Cup- $6.99 x 2

     Choice 2 qt. Clear Measuring Cup-$4.52 x 2

     Choice 1 cup Clear Measuring Cup- $1.29 x 5

-Measuring Spoons:

     4 pc. Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set- $1.99 x 5

-Mixing Bowls:

     8 qt. Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl- $1.89 x 4

     5 qt. Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl- $3.73 x 4

     20 qt. Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl- $12.42 x 2

-Utility Spoons:

     Clear Plastic Scoop 24 oz.- $2.99 x 5

     Clear Plastic Scoop 6oz.- $ 0.69 x10

Decorating Supplies:

-Baking Cups:

     White Fluted Baking Cups 10,000/Case- $66.12

-Group PB10 Disposable plastic silverware bag-2000/Case $7.52

-Baking Spatulas:

     Ateco 4” Baking Spatula- $2.02 x 8

-Cake Decorating Bag:

     Ateco Pastry Bag 100/Roll- $10.66 x 2

     Ateco 4p Pastry Tips- $0.90 x 5

-Baking Toppings and Add ins:

     Variety Pack of 11 sprinkles 275 lbs.- $275.33

     Pure Semisweet Chocolate Chips 25lbs- $52.75

     Chocolate Sprinkles 25lbs-$30.

     Dutch Coco Powder 5lbs.- $32.49 x 5

-Piping Gel and Food Coloring:

    5pc. Food Coloring- $11.49 x 2

    Piping Gel Tub 10oz.- $3.04 x 5

Display Supplies:

-Bakery Display Case:

     Choice Bakery Cupcake Display- $89.78 x 2

-Cupcake Display Stands:

     Wilton 4 Tier Cupcake stand- $13.55

-Bakery Display Trays:

     Pastry Tray White Bakery- $20.99 x 2

Takeout Supplies:

-Cupcake packaging:

Par-Park 12 Compartment Container-100/Case $49.99

Par-Park 24 Compartment Container-100/Case $67.51

-Disposable bags:

Traveler White Paper Bag with Handle-250/Case $80.89

Ingredient Supplies:

-Baking Powder (6) 5lbs. – $36.27

-Baking Soda (6) 4lbs. – $12.49

-Brown Sugar 25 lbs.- $14.05

-Bulk Flour 50 lbs.- $10.34

-Bulk Sugar 50 lbs.- $20.49

-Corn Starch 50 lbs.- $18.91

-Corn Syrup 5 Gallon- $28.23

-Cream of Tartar 5 lbs.- $29.40

-Flavoring Syrups 750ml (10 pack)- $49.00

-Molasses 1 Gallon 4/Case- $44.00

-Powdered Sugar (20) 1lbs./Case-$15.36

-Salt and Pepper 25 lbs.- $4.07

-Vanilla Extract 1 Gallon-$50.88

-ingredients Bins 21 Gallon- $99.00

-Yeast 20 lbs.-$56.40


-Mini Cup Cake Pans $10.25

-Cupcake Pans $6.79

Small Preparation Tools & Supplies:

Cream Whippers $55.99

Double Boilers 12 Qt.- #38.99

Flour Sifter-$10.49 x 4

Rolling Pins- $4.99 x 6

Scrapers- $1.09 x 10

Spatulas-$4.19 x 10

Whisks-$2.99 x 8

Spoonuales-$2.55 x 8

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babysitters club


The babysitters club is childcare business that would be offered to teachers and school faculty members. The babysitters would be 15 to 18-year-old, high school students who are apart of school clubs or honor students. This gives busy teachers a few hours after work to go the bank, grocery store, or run small errands. The benefit of having students as babysitters, is the teachers know them and they can choose who they feel comfortable watching their children. Also, it gives teachers a few options in case their favorite babysitter in unavailable for that date.

This idea just recently came back to me, I used to babysit my ASB Advisors children after school when she had meetings or Saturday nights. The only issue was on a few occasions I was unable to babysit because of soccer games. Back then it would have been nice to have a group of backups that the teachers felt good about as alternatives. A few of my friends also baby sat for teachers but for some reason we never put our contacts and heads together. If we had joined forces we could have set up group sittings and watched a few more kids.

This would be a great business idea because when you’re in high school your looking to make extra money, but maybe not the full-time commitment of a weekend job. This gives the students flexibility to work around extra circular schedules and school but also provides teachers with affordable childcare. According to the census from 2011, there are 11 million high school students, 27,653 worked less than full time year-round, 7,097 worked full time year-round and 40,456 did not work.


Bake Shop

7729d024b26dd958b4d442013de73f5cThe Bake Shop is a small cupcake bakery that will offer delicious desserts to my hometown. There is currently no pastry shop in Coalinga, the only place to purchase desserts is at Save Mart Super Market. Recently I was planning a birthday party and trying to maneuver the cake situation and having to drive to Hanford to pick it up. There are certain situations that a homemade funfetti cake just won’t make the cut. The Bake shop will fill the void of my hometown and provide quality cupcakes to my community for special occasions or just a sweet treat.

There are roughly 2,800 commercial bakeries and 6,000 retail bakeries in the Unites States. The annual revenue of retail bakeries was $3 billion and a combined $33 billion. The average bakery shop requires a $40,000 startup cost for all necessary baking equipment and supplies. The average bake shop sells around $750 a week in baked goods in the United States and roughly $40,000 a year in annual revenue.


Fresh n’ Up


Fresh n’ up is a mobile dog grooming service that operates out of a food truck. Everyone is busy and scheduling out the time to drop off your pet at the groomers and going back to pick them up is a hassle. After listening to my classmate Love, discuss her mechanic shop on wheels I thought wow that’s a pretty cool idea. If you could do that for pet owners that would be convenient. Instead of providing at home service where you groom the customers’ pets in their own home, you bring your shop on wheels to their home. This ensures that you have all the necessary tools and supplies to care for the pet and won’t leave a big mess behind for the customer.

In my home town there are no groomers, everyone must drive to Lemoore, Hanford, or Fresno. You spend all day out of town, waiting for your dog to be groomed. In the Fresno area, there are about 40 shops that offer pet grooming. Fresh n’ up is a great business opportunity because in California nearly 40% of homeowners own at least one dog and 24% own two dogs. Owners spend an average of $225 on vet visits annually. According to animal groomers make between $26,000-$40,000 annually.





Lunch it

Time for Lunch

Lunch it, is an app that allows customer to order lunch from their favorite restaurants, café, or deli’s and have their lunch delivered to them at work. This allows employees to enjoy their designated lunch break, instead of wasting time driving thru traffic to get it. Most employees have between 30 mins to an hour for lunch, and depending on where you’re going and the area you live in, you could spend almost your entire lunch break going there and back, only having to scarf your food down in the last 5 mins. Lunch it would be like uber for food, but mainly focusing during the work hours when your pressed for time.

On Wednesday, I was running late and couldn’t pack a lunch for school. No big deal, I’ll just grab something quick before class. I had an hour break in between my class, but I was faced with a dilemma; I was craving In-n-Out. The closest location to campus is in Clovis, I can make it. By the time I drove there, waiting in their obnoxiously long line, and got back to campus 37 mins had passed by and I hadn’t even eaten my food yet. An app that allows you to pre-order your lunch and have it be ready and delivered for a designated time would be so convenient. Not all restaurants or cafes deliver, especially before 4pm. This will allow you to spend your lunch break more efficiently.

Lunch it would be a good business idea because American’s spend between 20-53 dollars a week on lunch. Those most likely to spend on lunch are students and men compared to women. In the US, the restaurant industry revenue is 745 billion dollars; takeout and delivery amount for 18 percent of the market share. Of those Americans who are eating out, 20 percent order out at least once a week. The typical lunch break in America is thirty minutes long, which doesn’t leave you very much time.






I am a movie fanatic and I especially enjoy viewing a new movie at the theater. My boyfriend came up with this idea a while ago, as we arrived late one time and spent the first five minutes allowing our eyes to adjust to the light before spotting two empty seats together.

A small LED light is used to direct patrons to available movie theater seats. If your running late for a movie, it’s difficult to find available seats for you and your party in the dark. The LED light would be attached to the bottom of the movie theater seat, when no one is occupying the seat the light is visible, once the seat is pulled down the light turns off. This will allow patrons to avoid feeling their way in the dark for an empty seat. The lights would be set to a dim light as to not disturb the audience, after about ten to fifteen minutes the lights could be set to shut off completely.

I don’t have a name picked out yet that I love, however this would be a good business opportunity that could be marketed to movie theaters, especially in densely populated areas. In North America 222.7 million people attended a movie at least once a year and 35 million are frequent movie goers. Movie theaters make up 85% of their profit from their concession stands, so increasing customer satisfaction could Increase customer retention. This will keep your happy customers lining up for overpriced popcorn.