Wondering how to start a natural and cut stone dealership? We take you step-by-step from start to success.
(article continues below)
Business Plan Mechanics for Natural & Cut Stone Dealerships
If you're putting off writing a business plan because you're intimidated by the process, here are the words you've been dying to hear: Business plans for natural and cut stone dealerships don't have to be complicated.
At Gaebler, we advise new business owners to keep your business plan simple. Length and polish aren't as important as consistency, accuracy and thoroughness.
As your company matures, you can circle back to your business plan to make revisions and adjustments.
Check Out Competitors
Before you open a natural and cut stone dealership in your area, it's worthwhile to determine what the competition looks like. Try our link below to get a list of local competitors near you. Complete the form by entering your city, state and zip code to get a list of natural and cut stone dealerships that are close by.
How are you going to successfully complete with existing firms? It's important that you never underestimate the competition.
Find Good Remote Business Advice
As part of your due diligence on opening a natural and cut stone dealership, it's a wise move to talk to somebody who is already in the business. If you think your local competitors will give you advice, you're being overoptimistic. The last thing they want to do is help you to be a better competitor.
However, an entrepreneur who owns a natural and cut stone dealership outside of your community may be willing to share their entrepreneurial wisdom with you, once they realize that you are not going to directly compete with them in their community. In that case, the business owner may be more than happy to discuss the industry with you. Our estimate is that you may have to contact many business owners to find one who is willing to share his wisdom with you.
What's the process for finding an owner of a natural and cut stone dealership that lives outside of your area?
It's easy. Here's a link you can use to find a mentor outside of your area.
Advantages of Buying an Established Natural & Cut Stone Dealership
Spurred on by dreams of a future big money buyout and an undeniable entrepreneurial impulse, many would-be natural and cut stone dealership owners are driven to pursue startup strategies.
Yet a healthier and safer strategy may be to purchase an existing natural and cut stone dealership.
When you buy an existing company, you get a functional (and presumably profitable) company from day one. And that's not to mention the fact that a purchase let's you avoid the trial-and-error mistakes that are common in startups.
Don't Forget About Franchising As an Option
Purchasing a franchise means you get access to great ideas from other franchisees and get strong support from the home office.
Before you consider starting a natural and cut stone dealership, a smart move is to investigate whether there are good franchise opportunities available that might help you avoid common entrepreneurial mistakes.
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 natural and cut stone dealership, these resources will come in handy:
If you sell to natural and cut stone dealerships, we've got better information for you elsewhere on our site. Try these resources instead:
If you are interested in starting a different kind of business, please browse our directory of guides below.