July 26, 2014  
 
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How to Start a Livestock Business

This advice is written for aspiring entrepreneurs who hope to start a livestock business. This is a must-read before you open up shop.

Thinking about opening a livestock business? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Writing a Business Plan for a Livestock Business

A carefully crafted business is your livestock business's most important asset. With the right ingredients, a business plan can help your startup secure financing, attract investors and execute a strategy for growth.

To assist your efforts, you may want to consider enlisting the aid of a professional business plan writer.

Time and time again, the best entrepreneurs we see rely on professionally crafted plans to guide their decision making. Even so, we caution new business owners against removing themselves entirely from the business plan creation process.

So even though a business plan writer might be the right move for your livestock business, you can't completely outsource business planning. Instead, you'll need to remain proactively involved throughout the writing process.

Consider the Competition

Prior to launching a livestock business within your community, it's a smart move to see how strong the competition is. We've provided the link below to help you get a list of local competitors near you. After following the link, enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of livestock businesses in your area.

How tough is the competition in the market you are considering? If the competition is too tough, you may need to think about starting the business in a different area or even start a completely different business instead.

Studying the Market

If you are seriously contemplating launching a livestock business, it's essential that you 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?

However, an entrepreneur who owns a livestock business on the other side of the country will be much more likely to talk with you, as long as they don't view you as a competitive threat. Indeed, many experienced entrepreneurs enjoy offering advice to startup entrepreneurs. 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.

How would you find a livestock business manager in another city who you can speak with?

Here's one way to do it. Just use our link below, find somebody and call them.

Should You Buy or Start a Livestock Business?

Tough decisions are what business ownership is all about. And one of the first decisions you'll have to make is whether to start a business from scratch or buy an existing livestock business.

In general, purchased livestock businesses fare better than startups, at least during the initial few years. When you buy an established livestock business, you gain access to a functional business operation with a customer base and a steady revenue stream.

Entrepreneurs who are committed to a highly unique value proposition may need to pursue a startup approach. However, in today's business-for-sale marketplace, there is an abundance of livestock businesses worth considering.

Franchising May Be a Better Way to Go

Purchasing a franchise is not a recipe for certain success but it does greatly simplify the startup and ongoing operations of your business.

Before you consider starting a livestock business, you may want to determine whether purchasing a franchise might simplify your entering the business.

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.

More Advice for Startups

These additional resources regarding starting a business may be of interest to you.

Consideration Before Buying a Franchise

Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

Buying vs. Starting a Business


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