Thinking about opening a dog and cat supplies and services business? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Creating a Business Plan for a Dog & Cat Supplies & Services Business
A common mistake for an entrepreneur is to not create business plan for your startup dog and cat supplies and services business.
The key benefit of writing a business plan is that it defines the game plan. If you don't have a business plan, your leadership will be handicapped, choosing short-term opportunities at the expense of long-term benefits.
Start by defining your business mission. The process of writing a mission statement doesn't have to be complicated. With a carefully crafted mission statement in place, you can begin to build on it with goals, budget estimates, marketing plans and other elements that are typically found in startup business plans.
Prior to launching a dog and cat supplies and services business in your town, it's a good idea to see what the competition looks like. Use the link below to get a list of local competitors in your city. Simply enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of dog and cat supplies and services businesses in your town.
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 want to open a dog and cat supplies and services business it's a smart move to learn from folks who are already in business. Local competitors are not going to give you the time of day, mind you. What's in it for them?
Fortunately, somebody who runs a dog and cat supplies and services business in a location that is not competitive to you will be much more likely to talk with you, as long as they don't view you as a competitive threat. Many business owners are happy to give advice to new entrepreneurs 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.
Do you know how to find a dog and cat supplies and services business manager in another community?
Easy. Find them using our link below and start calling until you are successful.
Advantages of a Dog & Cat Supplies & Services Business Purchase
On a percentage basis, more entrepreneurs intend to enter dog and cat supplies and services business ownership through a startup than through a business purchase. But the harsh reality is that startup dog and cat supplies and services businesses experience a high failure rate compared to entrepreneurs who buy existing dog and cat supplies and services businesses.
So it makes sense that the idea of buying vs. starting a business should be carefully evaluated before you commit to an ownership strategy. By buying a profitable dog and cat supplies and services business, you'll shorten the amount of time it takes to achieve a return on your investment because you'll have the advantage of a proven operation and an existing customer base.
Franchising May Be a Better Way to Go
As an entrepreneur, your chances thriving in your new business greatly improve if you become a franchisee in lieu of doing everything yourself.
As part of your process in starting a dog and cat supplies and services business, you may want to investigate whether franchise opportunities in your space might make it easy to get started.
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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