Wondering how to start a dental laboratory? We take you step-by-step from start to success.
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How to Create a Winning Dental Laboratory Business Plan
If you've done your homework, you already know that writing a business plan is the most critical thing you can do for your company.
The consequences of neglecting your dental laboratory's business plan can be severe - lenders and investors don't seriously consider funding businesses that lack a viable business plan.
Furthermore, a good business plan will help you avoid key startup mistakes. Lacking a solid business plan, many startups find themselves rudderless and incapable of executing consistent decision making processes, while committed business planners rely on their plans to guide all of their decision making and short-term planning efforts.
Don't Ignore Competitors
Long before you open a dental laboratory in your town, it's a smart move to determine how strong the competition is. We've provided the link below to help you generate a list of competitors near you. After following the link, enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of dental laboratories in your area.
If there's too much competition, it may be wise to consider starting the business in a less competitive marketplace.
Finding a Non-Competitive Business Mentor
If you are seriously contemplating launching a dental laboratory, it's a wise move to have a conversation with someone who is 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.
Fortunately, somebody who runs a dental laboratory in a location that is not competitive to you will be much more likely to talk with you, once they realize that you are not going to directly compete with them in their community. Indeed, many experienced entrepreneurs enjoy offering advice to startup entrepreneurs. If you are persistent, you can find a business mentor who is willing to help you out.
How would you find a dental laboratory owner that lives outside of your area?
We can help. Follow the link below, try a few city/state combos or zipcodes, and then start calling!
Acquisitions vs. Startups
Unfortunately, many inexperienced dental laboratory entrepreneurs approach ownership with the mistaken idea that a startup is their only option when they could also pursue a business acquisition.
Both ownership strategies have their benefits and drawbacks. For first-time business owners, it makes more sense to buy an existing dental laboratory than to attempt to build one from the ground up.
Established dental laboratories are already equipped with the resources and processes new business owners struggle to acquire. In a best case scenario, you'll be able to locate a turnkey operation with proven profitability and a well oiled business model.
Consider Buying a Franchise
Your chances of achieving the entrepreneurial goal of being a successful business owner greatly improve when you opt to franchise in lieu of doing everything yourself.
Before starting a dental laboratory, you ought to investigate whether franchise opportunities in your space might alleviate your startup process.
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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