Thinking about opening an investment services business? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Best Practices for Writing an Investment Services Company Business Plan
As a startup entrepreneur, you're learning that small business ownership can be a lonely career path. That's especially true when it comes to writing a business plan – the seminal document that will shape the direction of your new investment services business.
Fortunately, you don't have to tackle your investment services company's business plan by yourself. There is a broad range of resources available for solo entrepreneurs who face the daunting task of writing a business plan from scratch.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a look at Gaebler's Business Plan Help section for a list of business plan writing resources.
Don't Ignore Competitors
Prior to opening an investment services business in your area, it's essential to find out how strong the competition is. Use the link below to get a list of local competitors near you. After following the link, enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of investment services businesses in your area.
How are you going to successfully complete with existing firms? It's important that you never underestimate the competition.
Find Good Remote Business Advice
If you want to open an investment services business be sure 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. Why would they want to educate a future competitor?
Thankfully, an owner of a an investment services business in a different city will be much more likely to talk with you, provided that you won't be directly competing with them. Indeed, many experienced entrepreneurs enjoy offering advice to startup entrepreneurs. 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 would you find an investment services business founder in a different locale who can assist you?
It's easy. Here's a link you can use to find a mentor outside of your area.
Pros & Cons of Buying an Investment Services Business
An acquisition can be a great way to enter investment services business 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 investment services businesses should be profitable right out of the gate; they should also be capable of demonstrating a loyal customer base, brand identity and operational efficiencies.
DRAWBACKS: On the downside, investment services business 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.
Is Franchising the Right Option?
Your odds of doing well in business are greatly increased when you choose to franchise and benefit from the prior work of others and their lessons learned.
Before you consider starting an investment services business, you ought to check out whether purchasing a franchise might make sense for you.
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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