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Trend Forecasting. Not an exact science.

Trend Forecasting. Not an exact science.

The best blog for me to write at this moment in time, given that it is now the New Year and 2014 stretches out ahead of us full of optimism and opportunities, would obviously be one that gave you a forecast of what sort of thing is going to sell really, really well this year. I would then follow that up with the news that I have all of those soon to be popular items in stock right now and you can buy them for a snip.

Well unfortunately, I don’t know what products will do really well this year, because I don’t have a crystal ball. Let’s face it neither does anyone else. Any newspaper or website that claims such and such is the next big thing is really just clutching at straws and maybe trying to give an item publicity so that it does sell. Or am I just being cynical? Anyway, I did do a search of trend forecasts for 2014 and all of the articles on the subject were such a wishy-washy mess I gave up. Nobody knows what will sell. Fact.

I like facts and I think we can deal in certainties at Wholesale Clearance UK. Quite often we receive a whole load of new stuff because a business has gone bust, or shut up shop, closed due to retirement or takeover, or whatever. What that effectively means is that there will be a hole in the market for the products that those companies used to sell. What I mean by this is that we don’t stop needing shoes just because a major shoe chain folds do we?

Late, lamented Woollies!

Late, lamented Woollies!

Hands up those of you who lamented the demise of Woolworths yet again this past Christmas? Or what about the decline of the large DIY shops? Do you know what the closure of Focus has meant for my town? Two new hardware shops have opened in the past eighteen months. That’s two new small businesses, owner run, filling a gap in the market, and doing it really well.

So if you’re ever considering what to sell, think about businesses that have gone to the wall. You don’t want to make the same mistakes as them – you don’t want to keep expanding the number of shops you have, or the size of your premises or the amount of money you’re borrowing from the bank. But, I think it goes without saying that if you’re reading this blog, you’re set on being an SME and will be sensible about how you grow and what you spend your money on.

Even the most musically challenged of us can play percussion

Even the most musically challenged of us can play percussion

Wholesale Clearance UK offers you the opportunity to browse clearance stock online and consider how to take your business forward. At the moment we have some great deals on children’s items, and with families hard strapped after Christmas this is an excellent time to be selling discounted items to them. Check out here where we have a great range of Early Years toys and nursery supplies, or here for school music equipment.

A colourful business to be sure!

A colourful business to be sure!

Alternatively if you are looking to either set up or expand your arts and crafts business we have some fabulous deals on right now. Here is a joblot of art supplies for children, and here we have a magical supply of paints and materials, again for children.

The best thing about deals like this is that these items are always going to be in demand. As long as you can tear kids away from the TV or laptop screen they are generally really happy to be creative and play.
So if you are considering starting a business this year and you don’t quite know what to do, think about businesses that have closed in your locality. Consider what your community really needs. Find the gap and fill it.

What will sell in 2014? I reckon it will be things that people need or want or desire. No surprise there then – pretty much the same as always!

Create your own DIY business in 2014?

Create your own DIY business in 2014?

What do you think will sell this year? Drop us a line below or come and visit us on Facebook :-)

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