Thinking about opening a pub? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Successful Business Plans for Pubs
As a startup small business owner, you need to have a business plan you can rely on for both external and internal purposes.
Although there are a lot of tasks screaming for your attention, cutting corners on your business plan can be a precursor to disaster. Why? Because there are a multitude of reasons why your company can't succeed without a sound business plan.
From a business ownership perspective, that makes business planning your first priority - and not a task that can be assigned to the back burner.
Before you open a pub within your community, it's essential to determine how you will fit in the competitive landscape. Use the link below to generate a list of competitors in your city. After following the link, enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of pubs 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
As part of your due diligence on opening a pub, it's a wise move to learn from folks who are already in business. It's very unlikely that the local competition will talk to you. What's in it for them?
But, a person who owns a pub outside of your community can be a great learning resource for you, provided that you won't be directly competing with them. Indeed, many experienced entrepreneurs enjoy offering advice to startup entrepreneurs. It can take a while to find an entrepreneur who is willing to talk, but it's well worth the effort.
Where do you find an entrepreneur who is running a pub who is willing to talk to you but doesn't live nearby?
It's not that hard. Just use the handy link below and enter in a random city/state or zipcode.
Advantages of Using a Business Broker
Business owners are decision makers. And the first decision you'll need to make is between a pub startup and an acquisition. Unless you have specific business objectives that require a startup approach, you're probably better off trying to buy an established pub.
A qualified business brokers can provide a range of services designed to ease your transition into business ownership.
By leveraging the skills, expertise and network of a first-rate business broker, you eliminate the hassles commonly associated with the business buying experience.
Explore Franchising Options
Purchasing a franchise means you benefit from feedback and ideas from other franchisees and get strong support from the home office.
If you planning on starting a pub, it's worthwhile to investigate whether franchising might increase your chances of success.
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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