September 2, 2014  
 
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Opening an Animal Shelter

Starting an animal shelter can get you on the path to a secure financial future as long as you separate yourself from the competition. This article contains a few secrets that can make your business profitable, stable and built to last.

This article includes many good advice on starting an animal shelter.
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Best Animal Shelter Business Plans

As a startup animal shelter owner, writing a quality business plan is one of the first tasks you need to address.

If time is scarce, business plan software can be used to streamline the process. A reliable software solution will increase the accuracy and consistency of your business plan, dramatically improving its value to your animal shelter.

Properly utilized, business plan software has the potential to transform your business plan from a throwaway business requirement to an integral strategic resource.

Consider Competitors

Prior to launching an animal shelter in your area, it's a good idea to see how strong the competition is. Try our link below to get a list of local competitors near you. Complete the form by entering your city, state and zip code to get a list of animal shelters that are close by.

Is the local market large enough to support another animal shelter? If not, you had better be sure that you are doing things much better than the competition.

Talk to People Who Are Already in the Business

If you are interested in starting an animal shelter, you really ought to have a conversation with someone who is in the business. If you think owners of nearby animal shelters will give you advice, think again. Why would they want to educate a future competitor?

Fortunately, somebody who runs an animal shelter in a location that is not competitive to you 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 fact, they are often very willing to share startup advice with you. In my experience, you may have to call ten business owners in order to find one who is willing to share his wisdom with you.

What's the process for finding an owner of an animal shelter on the other side of the country to talk to?

Here's one way to do it. Just use our link below, find somebody and call them.

Competitive Benefits of Buying an Animal Shelter

New animal shelter owners have the potential to realize earlier profits and fewer headaches when they buy a an animal shelter instead of starting one from scratch.

A business acquisition also provides the benefit of intangible assets like a brand identity. In fact, many entrepreneurs pursue acquisitions for the primary purpose of buying an established brand.

From a competitive perspective, an established animal shelter may also deliver an industry leadership position an enviable feature that can take years for a startup to acquire.

Consider Franchising

Buying a franchise makes it a certainty that you can leverage ideas and systems from other franchisees and get strong support from the home office.

Before starting an animal shelter, a smart move is to determine whether buying a franchise could help you avoid common entrepreneurial mistakes.

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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