I would like your help in opening a vaping store in my home area of Porto Rafti where, as a tourist area, there is a vast selection of convenience stores, restaurants, cafeterias etc, but almost nothing on vaping to cater to the needs of the residents of the surrounding towns. It is an idea that has been on my mind almost constantly for a number of years.
Hello everyone! My name is Lefteris Katsigiannis and, even though I am close to 30 years old, I have, sadly, spent the last years of my life without a job.
My efforts to get a job in my country, Greece, have insofar proven fruitless. Here, unfortunately, unemployment amongst young people is alarmingly high, and almost half the people my age are jobless. Not for lack of trying, mind you…
Living with only one other who, due to their age, they are unable to find a steady job, we are almost always unable to make end’s meet since our main priority is to pay our rent so as not to find ourselves without a roof over our heads (something that, has almost happened in the past and remains a very real possibility). So, after much consideration, instead of waiting to find something- anything- just to get by, I decided to create my own job.
Being a resident in Porto Rafti for over 8 years now and being a vaper for over 5 of those years, having seen the benefits of vaping in the life of an ex smoker, I want to open a vaping store that will also feature an e-shop so that it will be able to both service the surrounding areas, as well as get customers from all over the country. As stated above, Porto Rafti is a tourist town near Athens, Greece's capital. Sadly, the area is vastly underutilised in many specialised fronts, but in terms of vaping it is even worse. There is only one store that offers a very limited selection of items to the discontent of the many vapers that reside here, myself included. Having to go to another city to get what you need is both time consuming, costly and, well, it sets a bad example for anyone that either wishes to come for a visit, or - heaven forbid!- make it their permanent residence.
Having worked both as a salesman/backofficer in such stores before and being a programmer/web designer by profession plus being a hard worker by choice, I have both the skills and the willingness to make it work. I have already chosen the building where the shop will be in, as well as the products that will fill its shelves to begin with, both from personal experience, as well as from the many discussions with other people that are either interested in quitting smoking to vaping, or have already made the jump!
The largest obstacle in my way is the starting capital, which is, sadly one of the most significant hurdles to overcome. The amount needed to pay for everything needed, (i.e, the shop’s physical location, the merchandise, the webspace and, finally, the taxation for creating a new business) is about 30 thousand Euro, after all transaction fees are removed, and I am asking for your help to make my dream a reality in such a way that, hopefully, I might help more people adopt a healthier lifestyle as well.