Thinking about opening an auto service club? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Creating a Business Plan for an Auto Service Club
A common mistake for a new business owner is to not create business plan for your startup auto service club.
A good business plan establishes both a framework and a roadmap for your business. If you don't have a business plan, your leadership will be handicapped, choosing short-term opportunities at the expense of long-term benefits.
Start by defining your business mission. The process of writing a mission statement doesn't have to be complicated. From there, you can begin to build on it with goals, budget estimates, marketing plans and other elements that are typically found in startup business plans.
Review the Competition
Prior to opening an auto service club in your area, it's a good idea to see what the competition looks like. We've provided the link below to help you get a list of local competitors near you. Complete the form by entering your city, state and zip code to get a list of auto service clubs that are close by.
Is the established competition doing a good job? It's important to understand their strengths and weaknesses and think through how you'll stake up against those established businesses.
Learn from Others Who Are Already In This Space
If you are seriously contemplating launching an auto service club, 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. The last thing they want to do is help you to be a better competitor.
However, a fellow entrepreneur who has started an auto service club in a different city will be much more likely to talk with you, given that you don't compete with them in their area. 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.
How does one quickly and easily locate an owner of an auto service club on the other side of the country to talk to?
Simple. Let your fingers do the walking by using the link below.
Advantages of an Auto Service Club Purchase
As a would-be auto service club owner, the impulse to build a company from scratch is in your blood. Yet auto service club startups aren't easy - many fail within the first year.
The decision of buying vs. starting a business shouldn't be taken lightly. By buying a profitable auto service club, you'll shorten the amount of time it takes to achieve a return on your investment because you'll have the advantage of a proven operation and an existing customer base.
Is Franchising the Right Option?
If you prefer to partner with others to launch your new business, you should evaluate whether there are good franchise opportunities that would be right for you.
If you planning on starting an auto service club, it's worthwhile to check out whether purchasing a franchise might be worth investigating.
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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