Wondering how to start a dairy bar? We take you step-by-step from start to success.
The Market for Dairy Bars
Everybody loves ice cream. Malts, milkshakes, sundaes -- we can't get enough of them.
So if you want to open a restaurant that is sure to find a loving audience, open a dairy bar. It's best to do it in the Northeast. In other parts of the country, the term "dairy bar" is not very common. But even if they don't know the term, they will love your ice cream, along with all the other stuff you decide to serve.
Business Plans for Dairy Bars
As a startup dairy bar owner, writing a quality business plan is one of the first tasks you need to address.
If time is scarce, business plan software can be used to streamline the process. A business plan software solution is an effective tool for time-strapped dairy bar owners who understand the importance of a great business plan.
As an additional benefit, most business plan solutions are geared toward providing the information most commonly requested by lenders and investors.
Where to Set Up Shop
New business owners often consider customer density when exploring site selection, but other factors are equally important. Are there many viable employees nearby, for example? There's a lot to consider and you need to do a thorough analysis.
Look Over Competitors
Prior to opening a dairy bar in your area, it's worthwhile to see what the competition looks like. Use the link below to generate a list of competitors in your city. Simply enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of dairy bars in your town.
Prior to opening your doors for business, be sure you fully understand the competitive landscape and where your new business will fit in.
Turning Competitors Into Collaborators
Once you've finished assessing the competion, it's a wise move to have a conversation with someone who is in the business. If you think owners of nearby dairy bars will give you advice, think again. The last thing they want to do is help you to be a better competitor.
But, a person who owns a dairy bar in another town will be much more likely to talk with you, as long as they don't view you as a competitive threat. In fact, they are often very willing to share startup advice with you. In my experience, you may have to call ten business owners in order to find one who is willing to share his wisdom with you.
Where do you find a dairy bar owner outside of your area who is willing to talk?
It's easy. Here's a link you can use to find a mentor outside of your area.
Acquired Dairy Bars: Competitive Advantages
By acquiring an existing dairy bar, you'll put yourself in a better position with lenders and investors than if you tried to fund a startup.
A business acquisition also delivers an established brand - a big advantage in competitive markets. In fact, many entrepreneurs pursue acquisitions for the primary purpose of buying an established brand.
From a competitive perspective, an established dairy bar may also deliver an industry leadership position – an enviable feature that can take years for a startup to acquire.
Don't Rule Out Franchising
The odds of achieving your primary goal of doing well in business increase when you franchise rather than going it alone.
As part of your process in starting a dairy bar, a smart move is to investigate whether there are good franchise opportunities available that might make it easy to get started.
The link below gives you access to our franchise directory so you can see if there's a franchise opportunity for you. You might even find something that points you in a completely different direction.
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