Thinking about opening an indoor air quality business? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Characteristics of a Good Indoor Air Quality Company Business Plan
Looking for a one-size-fits-all business plan? Good luck. . . because it doesn't exist. However, the most effective business plans do address specific sound business plan elements:
- Mission Statement – Your description of your indoor air quality business's reason for existing.
- Goals & Objectives – The end results of your company's business activities.
- Financial, Marketing & Action Plans – Specific plans that describe your business environment, demographic targets and quantitative estimates.
Consider the Competition
Prior to opening an indoor air quality business in your town, it's a smart move to determine how you will fit in the competitive landscape. Try our link below to get a list of local competitors in your area. After following the link, enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of indoor air quality businesses in your area.
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
After you've evaluated your local competitors, it's a wise move to learn as much as you can from somebody who is already in the business. If you think your local competitors will give you advice, you're being overoptimistic. It'd be crazy for them to teach you the business.
Thankfully, an owner of a an indoor air quality business in a location that is not competitive to you may be willing to share their entrepreneurial wisdom with you, after they realize you reside far away from them and won't be stealing their local customers. In that case, the business owner may be more than happy to discuss the industry 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.
The key question new becomes: how to find an entrepreneur who is running an indoor air quality business in another community?
It's easy. Here's a link you can use to find a mentor outside of your area.
Top Three Reasons to Buy an Established Indoor Air Quality Business
It's almost always preferable to buy an indoor air quality business than to pursue an indoor air quality business startup.
You'll want to conduct a comprehensive due diligence process, but here are three arguments why you should think about buying instead of a startup.
- Initial Revenue. Startups struggle to bring in revenue right out of the gate while existing businesses usually have a steady stream of income.
- Operational Efficiency. When you're shopping for an indoor air quality business, be sure to look for ones that have all of the necessary processes and systems to ensure seamless operations from your first day of ownership.
- Capital Acquisition. In general, it's easier to finance an existing business than it is to fund a startup. While a startup only exists on paper (initially), established businesses have the benefit of historical earnings statements and tangible assets.
Don't Forget About Franchising As an Option
Franchising speeds up your startup process via access to the franchisor's brand recognition and proven business formula.
Before starting an indoor air quality business, a smart move is to assess whether buying a franchise could 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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