October 28, 2014  
 
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Starting a Charcoal Business

So you'd love to open a charcoal business? Here are some practical techniques that will allow you to build your business faster and more profitably.

Thinking about opening a charcoal business? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Characteristics of a Good Charcoal Company Business Plan

Your charcoal company's business plan should be tailored to your business's unique traits and goals. Yet good business plans universally hit on sound business plan elements:

  • Mission Statement Your description of your charcoal business's reason for existing.
  • Goals & Objectives A list of mile markers on your charcoal business's road to success.
  • Financial, Marketing & Action Plans More detailed descriptions of how you will carry out your mission and achieve your charcoal business's goals.

Don't Overlook the Competition

Prior to opening a charcoal business within your community, it's a smart move to determine what the competition looks like. Try our link below to find competitors in your area. Complete the form by entering your city, state and zip code to get a list of charcoal businesses that are close by.

It's important to be aware of what the competition is doing. Take the time to visit the competition to properly assess their strengths and weaknesses.

A Good Source of Advice

If you are interested in starting a charcoal business, it's a smart move to learn from folks who are already in business. If you think your local competitors will give you advice, you're being overoptimistic. What's in it for them?

On the other hand, an individual who has a charcoal business outside of your community can be a great learning resource for 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. It can take a while to find an entrepreneur who is willing to talk, but it's well worth the effort.

What's the best way to find a charcoal business entrepreneur in another community?

We can help. Follow the link below, try a few city/state combos or zipcodes, and then start calling!

Three Arguments for Buying a Charcoal Business

At Gaebler, we think it makes a lot of sense to explore a charcoal business purchase before committing to a startup.

Due diligence and other business buying requirements are essential. But there are several reasons why buying a charcoal business may still be your best bet.

  • Initial Revenue. With a business purchase, you'll have the ability to buy a company that is already operating in the black.
  • Operational Efficiency. A good charcoal business should already function like a well-oiled machine.
  • Capital Acquisition. With several years of operations under its belt, a purchased company is much more appealing to lenders and investors interested in avoiding the risk of an unproven startup.

Consider Buying a Franchise

Your chances for being a successful business owner are substantially improved when you franchise instead of doing it all on your own.

Prior to starting a charcoal business, you ought to assess whether franchising 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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