November 16, 2018  
 
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Opening a Salvage Yard

Wouldn't it be great to start a salvage yard? Excellent choice. If done right, it can be lucrative and profitable business with good potential for expansion and growth.

Wondering how to start a salvage yard? We take you step-by-step from start to success.
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Best Practices for Salvage Yard Business Plans

The idea of writing a business plan is intimidating to most aspiring salvage yard owners. If it's comprehensive and well-written, however, your business plan will serve as a strategic anchor point and a calling card for external stakeholders.

After you have written you plan, you'll also need to develop a strategy for your next steps.

A business plan distribution strategy represents the backend of your business planning requirements. Generally, effective distribution models include the incorporation of tracking systems into the company's startup plan.

Consider Competitors

Long before you open a salvage yard in your town, it's a smart move to find out what the competition looks like. Try our link below to get a list of local competitors nearby. Complete the form by entering your city, state and zip code to get a list of salvage yard that are close by.

Prior to opening your doors for business, be sure you fully understand the competitive landscape and where your new business will fit in.

Turning Competitors Into Collaborators

After you've evaluated your local competitors, be sure to talk to somebody who is already in the business. Local competitors are not going to give you the time of day, mind you. What's in it for them?

But, a person who owns a salvage yard on the other side of the country may be more than happy to give you a few tips, provided that you won't be directly competing with them. In that case, the business owner may be more than happy to discuss the industry with you. Our estimate is that you may have to contact many business owners to find one who is willing to share his wisdom with you.

How do you locate somebody who runs a salvage yard that lives outside of your area?

Simply, try our helpful link below, type in a random city/state or zipcode, and start calling.

Leveraging the Branding Benefits of a Salvage Yard Acquisition

Branding a new business takes time, resources and a lot of hard work. Given the choice, most new salvage yard owners would prefer to buy an existing brand rather than invest the time and energy it takes to build a new brand.

Unless you are 100% married to the idea of a startup, you can bypass the time it takes to establish a brand identity by buying a business to get an established brand. As a startup, the best you can hope for is to gradually develop brand awareness over a period of months and years.

However, a salvage yard acquisition can put you at the helm of a brand that is already highly trusted by your target market.

Consider Buying a Franchise

As an entrepreneur, your chances surviving in business are much greater if you purchase a franchise in lieu of doing everything yourself.

As part of your process in starting a salvage yard, you would be wise to determine whether franchising might be worth investigating.

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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