Thinking about opening a sign painting and lettering business? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Creating Business Plans for a Sign Painting & Lettering Business
Never underestimate the value of a good sign painting and lettering company business plan. If it's sound, your sign painting and lettering company's business plan will serve as a blueprint for success.
To assist your efforts, you may want to consider enlisting the aid of a professional business plan writer.
Professional business plans can often be more effective than plans that are created in-house. However, outsourcing doesn't completely eliminate your responsibilities in the writing process.
So even though a business plan writer might be the right move for your sign painting and lettering business, you can't completely outsource business planning. Instead, you'll need to remain proactively involved throughout the writing process.
Assess the Competition
Well in advance of opening a sign painting and lettering business in your town, it's worthwhile to see how many competitors you have. We've provided the link below to help you get a list of local competitors in your area. Simply enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of sign painting and lettering businesses in your town.
Is the established competition doing a good job? It's important to understand their strengths and weaknesses and think through how you'll stake up against those established businesses.
Learn from Others Who Are Already In This Space
After you've evaluated your local competitors, you really ought to talk to somebody who is already in the business. It's very unlikely that the local competition will talk to you. The last thing they want to do is help you to be a better competitor.
However, an entrepreneur who owns a sign painting and lettering business in a location that is not competitive to you may be willing to share their entrepreneurial wisdom with you, after they realize you reside far away from them and won't be stealing their local customers. In fact, they are often very willing to share startup advice 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.
Where would you find a sign painting and lettering business entrepreneur who is willing to advise you because you live in different cities?
It's not that hard. Just use the handy link below and enter in a random city/state or zipcode.
Is It Easier to Buy an Existing Sign Painting & Lettering Business?
As an aspiring business owner, the decisions you make now will have huge implications later, including the decision to either start a business from scratch or buy an existing sign painting and lettering business.
In general, purchased sign painting and lettering businesses fare better than startups, at least during the initial few years. Existing companies have an established customer base, brand recognition and functional business models. More importantly, buying an existing sign painting and lettering business makes it easier for you to begin collecting a salary sooner rather than later.
Entrepreneurs who are committed to a highly unique value proposition may need to pursue a startup approach. However, in today's business-for-sale marketplace, there is an abundance of sign painting and lettering businesses worth considering.
Is Franchising the Right Option?
If done right, a small business startup takes months and months of preparations just to lay the groundwork for the first day of business.
That makes franchising an attractive alternative to traditional business startups. Our sign franchise directory offers a variety of sign painting and lettering business franchise opportunities, many of which may be the perfect fit for your personal and professional goals.
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