October 22, 2017  
 
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Always wanted to be your own boss and own a barn business? We help you avoid the problems that sometimes come as a surprise to first-time entrepreneurs.

The agricultural economy is massive. That's why opening a barn business can be a very smart move.
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Best Practices for Writing a Barn Company Business Plan

Many new barn business owners feel unprepared for the challenge of writing a business plan.

Fortunately, you don't have to tackle your barn company's business plan by yourself. These days, there are tons of great resources and solutions available to support the business plan writing process.

For more information, take a look at our Business Plan Help section.

Don't Overlook Competitors

Before you open a barn business within your community, it's a good idea to find out how strong the competition is. Try our link below to find competitors near you. After clicking on the link, type in your city, state and zip code to get a list of barn businesses 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 barn business, you really ought to talk to somebody who is already in the business. If you think owners of nearby barn businesses will give you advice, think again. It'd be crazy for them to teach you the business.

However, an entrepreneur who owns a barn business on the other side of the country 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.

How does one go about finding a barn business owner who is willing to talk to you but doesn't live nearby?

Easy. Find them using our link below and start calling until you are successful.

Benefits & Drawbacks of a Barn Business Acquisition

An acquisition can be a great way to enter barn 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: Existing companies have proven business models and a history of profitability. They should also have some degree of brand recognition and an established customer base.

DRAWBACKS: However, purchased companies can also come with pre-existing challenges and/or liabilities. Ultimately, it may be more difficult to tailor a purchased business to your ownership style.

Explore Franchising Options

The odds of achieving your primary goal of avoiding failure in business are substantially improved if you purchase a franchise and benefit from the prior work of others and their lessons learned.

Before you consider starting a barn business, you ought to determine whether franchise opportunities in your space might be the right move 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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