Thinking about opening a granite countertops business? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Business Plan Mechanics for Granite Countertops Businesses
Haven't created a business plan for your granite countertops business yet? You could be in big trouble.
At Gaebler, we advise new business owners to keep your business plan simple. Ultimately, your business plan is intended to be a resource for you, the business owner.
If your time is limiting, outline the essentials of your granite countertops company's business plan now and make a commitment to come back to it later.
Look Over Competitors
Long before you open a granite countertops business in your area, it's essential to find out how you will fit in the competitive landscape. We've provided the link below to help you get a list of local competitors in your city. Simply enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of granite countertops businesses in your town.
How tough is the competition in the market you are considering? If the competition is too tough, you may need to think about starting the business in a different area or even start a completely different business instead.
Studying the Market
As part of your due diligence on opening a granite countertops business, be sure to talk to somebody who is already in the business. If you think your local competitors will give you advice, you're being overoptimistic. What's in it for them?
On the other hand, an individual who has a granite countertops business on the other side of the country may be willing to share their entrepreneurial wisdom with you, given that you don't compete with them in their area. Indeed, many experienced entrepreneurs enjoy offering advice to startup entrepreneurs. 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 entrepreneur who is running a granite countertops business who is willing to advise you because you live in different cities?
It's not that hard. Just use the handy link below and enter in a random city/state or zipcode.
Why You Should Buy (Instead of Start) a Granite Countertops Business
We know . . . From the time you were a kid you dreamed about starting a business from scratch and growing it to a position of market dominance.
But from a business and financial perspective, it may make more sense to leverage an existing granite countertops business as your vehicle for world domination.
Existing granite countertops businesses 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?
Your odds of doing well in business are greatly increased if you buy a franchise in lieu of doing everything yourself.
Before you get too far along in your plan to open a granite countertops business, it's worthwhile to assess whether buying a franchise could simplify your entering the business.
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 starting a business may be of interest to you.
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