Thinking about opening a fuels retail business? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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How to Write a Simple Fuels Retail Company Business Plan
If you haven't written a business plan for your new fuels retail business, it's time to get started.
At Gaebler, we advise new business owners to keep your business plan simple. Ultimately, your business plan is intended to be a resource for you, the business owner.
As your company matures, you can circle back to your business plan to make revisions and adjustments.
Long before you open a fuels retail business in your area, it's essential to determine how you will fit in the competitive landscape. We've provided the link below to help you find competitors near you. After clicking on the link, type in your city, state and zip code to get a list of fuels retail businesses near you.
It's important to be aware of what the competition is doing. Take the time to visit the competition to properly assess their strengths and weaknesses.
A Good Source of Advice
After you've evaluated your local competitors, it's a smart move to learn as much as you can from somebody who is already in the business. Local competitors are not going to give you the time of day, mind you. Why would they want to educate a future competitor?
On the other hand, an individual who has a fuels retail business in a location that is not competitive to you may be more than happy to give you a few tips, once they realize that you are not going to directly compete with them in their community. In fact, they are often very willing to share startup advice with you. It can take a while to find an entrepreneur who is willing to talk, but it's well worth the effort.
How does one go about finding a fuels retail business owner outside of your area who is willing to talk?
We can help. Follow the link below, try a few city/state combos or zipcodes, and then start calling!
Why You Should Buy (Instead of Start) a Fuels Retail Business
It's no secret that entrepreneurs have a strong impulse to build companies from the ground up.
But from a business and financial perspective, it may make more sense to leverage an existing fuels retail business as your vehicle for world domination.
Existing fuels retail businesses are proven operations with dependable revenue streams. When you buy, you also gain the ability to sidestep all of the trial-and-error that comes standard with any fuels retail business startup.
Don't Forget About Franchising As an Option
If you want to tap into an existing brand name and a proven system, you may want to look into whether it makes sense to franchise instead of doing everything yourself.
Before starting a fuels retail business, you should determine whether franchising might be the right move for you.
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.
These additional resources regarding getting started as an entrepreneur may be of interest to you.
If you currently own a fuels retail business, these resources will come in handy:
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