January 16, 2018  
 
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Opening a Saddlery & Harness Repair Business

These tips are written for those who plan on opening a saddlery and harness repair business. Make sure you consider this advice before you start!

Wondering how to start a saddlery and harness repair business? We take you step-by-step from start to success.
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Characteristics of a Good Saddlery & Harness Repair Company Business Plan

Looking for a one-size-fits-all business plan? Good luck. . . because it doesn't exist. However, the most effective business plans do address specific sound business plan elements:

  • Mission Statement Your description of your saddlery and harness repair business's reason for existing.
  • Goals & Objectives A list of mile markers on your saddlery and harness repair business's road to success.
  • Financial, Marketing & Action Plans Each of these plans covers a specific aspect of your saddlery and harness repair business's strategy and direction.

Check Out Competitors

Prior to opening a saddlery and harness repair business within your community, it's essential to determine how strong the competition is. Try our link below to find competitors in your area. Complete the form by entering your city, state and zip code to get a list of saddlery and harness repair businesses that are close by.

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 want to open a saddlery and harness repair business the next step is to have a conversation with someone who is in the business. If you think your local competitors will give you advice, you're being overoptimistic. Why would they want to educate a future competitor?

Fortunately, somebody who runs a saddlery and harness repair business in a location that is not competitive to you will be much more likely to talk with you, provided that you won't be directly competing with them. Many business owners are happy to give advice to new 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.

Where would you find an entrepreneur who is running a saddlery and harness repair business on the other side of the country to talk to?

It's easy. Here's a link you can use to find a mentor outside of your area.

Three Arguments for Buying a Saddlery & Harness Repair Business

At Gaebler, we think it makes a lot of sense to explore a saddlery and harness repair business purchase before committing to a startup.

You'll want to conduct a comprehensive due diligence process, but here are three arguments why you should think about buying instead of a startup.

  • Initial Revenue. With a business purchase, you'll have the ability to buy a company that is already operating in the black.
  • Operational Efficiency. Existing businesses are established operations, with the necessary processes, people and other resources already in place.
  • Capital Acquisition. With several years of operations under its belt, a purchased company is much more appealing to lenders and investors interested in avoiding the risk of an unproven startup.

Don't Rule Out Franchising

As an entrepreneur, your chances being a successful business owner immediately improve if you opt for franchising instead of doing it all on your own.

If you planning on starting a saddlery and harness repair business, you should determine whether franchising might be the right move for you.

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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