July 17, 2018  
 
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Opening a School Supplies & Equipment Retail Business

Opening a school supplies retailer is your ticket to owning a good, stable business if you do it right. Here is a friendly, comprehensive guide to give you a jump-start on planning for your business.

Thinking about opening a school supplies retailer? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Creating a Business Plan for a School Supplies Retailer

A common mistake for an entrepreneur is to not create a business plan.

The key benefit of writing a business plan is that it establishes both a framework and a roadmap for your business. If you don't have a business plan, your leadership will be handicapped, choosing short-term opportunities at the expense of long-term benefits.

Before you make another business decision and before you start writing a business plan, you need to create a mission statement. Once you're satisfied with your school supplies retailer's mission, the other piece of the business plan puzzle will begin to fall in place.

Review Competitors

Prior to launching a school supplies retailer in your area, it's a smart move to see how you will fit in the competitive landscape. We've provided the link below to help you get a list of local competitors near you. After clicking on the link, type in your city, state and zip code to get a list of school supplies retailers near you.

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

If you are seriously contemplating launching a school supplies retailer, it's a wise move to learn as much as you can from somebody who is already in the business. Local competitors are not going to give you the time of day, mind you. The last thing they want to do is help you to be a better competitor.

However, an entrepreneur who owns a school supplies retailer in a different city can be a great learning resource for you, once they realize that you are not going to directly compete with them in their community. 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 go about finding a school supplies retailer entrepreneur in a different locale who can assist you?

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

Benefits of Buying a School Supplies Retailer

On a percentage basis, more entrepreneurs intend to enter school supplies retailer ownership through a startup than through a business purchase. However, many new entrepreneurs aren't experienced for the rigors of a startup operation.

There are a lot of factors that need to be considered in buying vs. starting a business. By buying a profitable school supplies retailer, you'll shorten the amount of time it takes to achieve a return on your investment because you'll have the advantage of a proven operation and an existing customer base.

Consider Buying a Franchise

If you want to tap into an existing brand name and a proven system, your best bet may be exploring going the franchising route.

Before you get too far along in your plan to open a school supplies retailer, a smart move is to investigate 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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