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Start a profitable Paper Plate Business

by Tandava Krishna


The world is filled with products made of plastics and we are searching for a sustainable alternative every single day to reduce its harmful effects. We are overtaken by goods that cause more harm to the environment than benefits to us. The alternatives are either sturdy metals which can be used for a longer period of time but also need great maintenance or the flimsy paper. For utilities that are to be used as for one-time use only, goods made of paper, work like wonders. We already have paper bags, cups, straws and to add to the list we now have paper plates. Thinking about the childhood birthday parties that didn’t take place in McDonald’s but at our residences and we were given refreshments in paper plates evokes a lot of memories. The business that has been around for a while but because of awareness of people regarding the environment has gained immense popularity as using paper made items has become a necessity than just a choice. 

If you are interested in opening a paper plate business then kudos to you for the effort you are putting in making this world a better place by providing a sustainable alternative for everyone. Opening any business venture requires a great understanding of the product and the market. Before getting involved, have a look at the prerequisites given below to gain maximum profit.

Create a Plan 

Decide beforehand what kind of Paper plate business you want to open. Is it just a retail shop or you’ll have in-house manufacturing of paper plates? If you are manufacturing, you need to understand it is not an easy task and requires a good understanding of the skill behind it. You will have to hire professionals and the scale of your business will be bigger. With that decide what will be your reach. If you want an offline store or an online store? If it is an offline store how big of a space you are expecting to have and will also hand out deliveries. And if it is an online store, what storage area you are going to keep your goods in, and what will be your area of service.

Make a plan for what is going to be the size of your business at first. The growth will only follow if you thrive in the market and the paper plate business needs investment and time. One should always be ready for bad days and thus also take care of the amount that is produced daily.

Do your research

The paper plate business is not a very tough venture to open but you have to do a little research about how the market functions and what is the demand and supply chain in this business. The paper plate business requires maintenance from water and insects even when they are at your warehouse so know the science of how to manage them wisely so that none of your product is wasted. If you are manufacturing paper plate be aware of the kinds of paper that you are going to use to make your product. Take care of all the safety measures and rules and regulations which are set up by the government.

Take Permits and License

To start any business in India, you need to have legal permission sorted beforehand to avoid any hassles with government officials. You’ll need to get yourself registered as a business person, get your GST registration, and all sorts of licenses and permits are done. Make sure you are ready with all the paperwork and to take multiple rounds of government offices because opening any business in India calls for this.

Have the right distributor

Make sure you have a distributor who can easily make you available with the supply whenever you demand them and have access to the modern and convenient designs of paper plate that are changing with trends in the market.
If you are manufacturing your product, have a distributor who can supply you with the raw material of good quality and variety.
To have a successful paper plate business, you should know that customers should not go empty-handed so go for diversity in your products.

Be vary of Competition and choose the right Location

The location of your paper plate business matters a lot. Try to keep your shop away from a place where there are already several stores available. Open a store in a densely populated area so even if there are competitors around, you will always have people buying from you. Buy or rent a space that is big enough where you can store your items carefully and systematically.
Opening a store in a small town where there are already many manufacturers or paper plate distributors makes no sense. So, look for a place where you can stand out and be highlighted. You can also opt to have your paper plate business set up near roads where many automobiles can locate you.

Get the manpower

You will require a group of people who are ready to work hard. Hire labor for loading and unloading, the technician who is going to operate the machine and other workers for water and electricity control, etc. Think about all the prospects where you will require human effort and get yourself enough people to run your business smoothly

Generate funds

This is amongst the first things to do. You are setting up a paper plate business that will demand a considerable fund, a principal investment. Get yourself sponsors who are willing to support a local business and have your back.

Go online

Setting up any business at requires a strong local connection and communication so that the business can propagate but with the rise in the use of e-commerce, things have become a lot easier. Make a website for your paper plate business and set delivery boundaries according to yourself. Arrange your products in different categories and use various models and tools which are available online to make your website catchier and more attractive. 

Focus on Marketing 

Make use of social media as it is almost certain that at least one person in your locality must be using any social media platform. Putting up pages on Facebook and Instagram and asking youth in youth in the locality to share it amongst friends, developing a strong SEO, and investing in marketing offline can bring great audience attraction to your new paper plate business. Putting up ads with discounts and amazing offers are always a plus. Along with online, spending on offline methods to propagate business is necessary. Go old school and hand our pamphlet whenever a customer arrives. Since you have an offline store and most customers will save your number for future reference, you can invest in WhatsApp Business and use its marketing tools to propagate your business. It is convenient to use and digitally provides a personal touch as the medium is one-to-one messaging which has become one of the best provisions of converting prospects to customers. Remember to greet them nicely and make them feel important.

Starting a paper plate business takes a good amount of planning. If you want your new business to succeed, understand the risks that come with entrepreneurship. It often takes a few years to get a business off the ground even with the best-laid business plan and advanced marketing. To open any business, one should be ready to work hard and show a lot of perseverance and determination. Any business will have good and bad days but it depends on the owner how they want to go about it. All the best!


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