Thinking about opening a country club? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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How to Write a Simple Country Club Business Plan
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 country clubs 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.
If your time is limiting, outline the essentials of your country club's business plan now and make a commitment to come back to it later.
Assess the Competition
Long before you open a country club within your community, it's a smart move to see how you will fit in the competitive landscape. Use the link below to get a list of local competitors in your city. Simply enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of country clubs in your town.
Gain a knowledge of how existing firms have positioned themselves in the marketplace, and then design your business in a way that sets you apart from the others.
Getting Advice from Experienced Entrepreneurs
If you are interested in starting a country club, it's essential that you have a conversation with someone who is in the business. If you think owners of nearby country clubs will give you advice, think again. It'd be crazy for them to teach you the business.
However, a fellow entrepreneur who has started a country club in a different city 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.
Do you know how to find an entrepreneur who is running a country club that lives outside of your area?
Easy. Find them using our link below and start calling until you are successful.
Why You Should Buy (Instead of Start) a Country Club
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 country club as your vehicle for world domination.
Existing country clubs are proven operations with dependable revenue streams. 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.
Is Franchising the Right Option?
Recognize that your chances of growing your business are much greater if you opt for franchising and benefit from the prior work of others and their lessons learned.
Before starting a country club, you may want to assess whether franchise opportunities in your space might help you on your entrepreneurial journey.
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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