Thinking about opening a patio and sidewalk cleaning services business? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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How to Create a Winning Patio & Sidewalk Cleaning Services Company 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.
Although it might seem like an unnecessary formality, your patio and sidewalk cleaning services company's business plan is a document that will shape your goals and strategies on a go-forward basis.
If that's not enough, consider that business plans inoculate your business from common 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.
Take a Look at the Competition
Prior to launching a patio and sidewalk cleaning services business within your community, it's essential to determine how you will fit in the competitive landscape. Try our link below to find competitors in your city. After clicking on the link, type in your city, state and zip code to get a list of patio and sidewalk cleaning services businesses near you.
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
After you've evaluated your local competitors, it's a wise move to learn from folks who are already in business. If you think your local competitors will give you advice, you're being overoptimistic. The last thing they want to do is help you to be a better competitor.
However, a fellow entrepreneur who has started a patio and sidewalk cleaning services business in a different city will be much more likely to talk with you, after they realize you reside far away from them and won't be stealing their local customers. Indeed, many experienced entrepreneurs enjoy offering advice to startup entrepreneurs. 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.
How does one quickly and easily locate a patio and sidewalk cleaning services business entrepreneur on the other side of the country to talk to?
Here's one way to do it. Just use our link below, find somebody and call them.
Acquisitions vs. Startups
Unfortunately, many inexperienced patio and sidewalk cleaning services business entrepreneurs approach ownership with the mistaken idea that a startup is their only option when they could also pursue a business acquisition.
Unless you have compelling reasons to launch a new business, buying an existing patio and sidewalk cleaning services business may be the better choice.
An acquired patio and sidewalk cleaning services business is a known quantity; a startup is less certain because its forecasts depend on estimated outcomes. If you're diligent about finding the right acquisition prospect, you may be able to leverage a business buying strategy to rapidly propel yourself into a position of industry leadership.
Franchising May Be a Better Way to Go
Too many new business owners fail simply because they didn't take the time to explore the possibility of a franchise. Franchises are popular because they are based on a business model that works. The nation's leading franchisors know their way around the industry and are now passing their learnings on to the next generation of business leaders. Today's franchises offer a range of opportunities for ambitious startups.
For more information about cleaning and maintenance franchise opportunities, click on the link below to explore our franchise directory.
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