Dispensaries are the standard method of operation for cannabis businesses, but with Washington DC currently prohibiting recreational dispensaries and not currently accepting any more licenses for medical shops, would-be small business owners would be left with uncertainty if it wasn’t for cannabis vendor and delivery alternatives.
As physical storefronts are on an ambiguous standby, vendor services are continuing to flourish in the DC area. If you’re a cannabis enthusiast watching the DC marijuana scene grow and progress over time, you may be thinking, ”why don’t I get in on the action, and become a vendor for these events too?” Cannabis vendors are crucial to the current culture in Washington DC, and operating a marijuana business is a great way to develop relationships with other flower fanatics, customers, and the community as a whole.
One of the first few things that must be done to create your vendor business is to establish what type of business you’ll be, what Initiative 71 compliant products you want to sell at your events, and of course what cannabis gifts you will offer to customers. As the first thing your customers will see, your company name and logo should stand cohesively with what your business is all about.
The options here are basically limitless, so get creative and take the time to find what really “fits” what your end goals are since once you establish a brand, it’s difficult to change it later on down the road! Another consideration to stand out from the competition is providing a great graphic to go along with your business name. Next, finding a reputable cannabis grower or possibly setting up a grow yourself is essential for your vendor business. Curating a diverse selection of products can also help broaden the range of customers you reach since cannabis enthusiasts have different tastes in strains, THC percentages, and flavors.
Finally, the last and most important task for a new cannabis vendor is to network! Creating potentially long-term relationships with other vendors and event hosts early on can also give you a leg up on your competition. With these relationships, you can be in the know of vendor opportunities faster, schedule event appearances easier, and expand upon your brand’s customer base among the public more broadly. As a cannabis vendor, having an online presence is an essential part of your success in these modern times as well. Nearly all social media sites can serve as a platform for advertisements, or just connecting with and answering customer’s questions about your business and cannabis products.
Building a cannabis vendor brand in a competitive, ever-growing market like DC’s can be a bit challenging, and it may take time to build up a well-known company and customer base, but the rewards of running and growing your own business are so worth it. Once you have proved yourself businesswise, in your product quality, and with your customer base, you will feel a sense of accomplishment in that you can now call yourself a successful ganjapreneur in Washington DC.