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Tips for Writing an Animal Health Practice Business Plan
You know that a business plan is important. The only problem is that you don't have any idea how to write one.
But even though you have primary responsibility for drafting a business plan for your animal health practice, you aren't entirely alone. These days, there are tons of great resources and solutions available to support the business plan writing process.
Our Business Plan Help section discusses some of the business plan resources other entrepreneurs have found useful.
Well in advance of opening an animal health practice in your area, it's worthwhile to see how many competitors you have. Try our link below to generate a list of competitors in your area. After following the link, enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of animal health practices 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 an animal health practice, be sure to talk to somebody who is already in the business. If you think owners of nearby animal health practices will give you advice, think again. The last thing they want to do is help you to be a better competitor.
However, an entrepreneur who owns an animal health practice in a location that is not competitive to you can be a great learning resource for you, given that you don't compete with them in their area. 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 can you find an animal health practice owner on the other side of the country to talk to?
Simple. Let your fingers do the walking by using the link below.
Benefits & Drawbacks of an Animal Health Practice Acquisition
An acquisition can be a great way to enter animal health practice ownership. But it's important to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of buying a business before you decide on either an acquisition or startup approach.
BENEFITS: Acquired animal health practices should be profitable right out of the gate; they should also be capable of demonstrating a loyal customer base, brand identity and operational efficiencies.
CONs: On the downside, animal health practice acquisitions can be difficult to adapt to your unique business philosophy so it's important to make sure the business is capable of achieving your ownership goals before you initiate the buying process.
Don't Rule Out Franchising
As an entrepreneur, your chances doing well with your venture are higher if you decide to franchise rather than going it alone.
If your goal is to start an animal health practice, it's worthwhile to check out whether franchise opportunities in your space might alleviate your startup process.
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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