April 19, 2014  
 
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We've collected some good advice that is ideal for entrepreneurial folks who want to open a hunting and fishing club. Make sure you consider this advice before you begin your venture.

Thinking about opening a hunting and fishing club? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Characteristics of a Good Hunting & Fishing Club Business Plan

Looking for a one-size-fits-all business plan? Good luck. . . because it doesn't exist. However, the most effective business plans do address specific sound business plan elements:

  • Mission Statement Your description of your hunting and fishing club's reason for existing.
  • Goals & Objectives A list of mile markers on your hunting and fishing club's road to success.
  • Financial, Marketing & Action Plans Specific plans that describe your business environment, demographic targets and quantitative estimates.

Evaluate the Competition

Before you open a hunting and fishing club in your town, it's essential to see how many competitors you have. We've provided the link below to help you generate a list of competitors nearby. Just enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of hunting and fishing clubs in your community.

If there's too much competition, it may be wise to consider starting the business in a less competitive marketplace.

Finding a Non-Competitive Business Mentor

After you've evaluated your local competitors, be sure to learn from folks who are already in business. It's very unlikely that the local competition will talk to you. The last thing they want to do is help you to be a better competitor.

But, a person who owns a hunting and fishing club in a different city may be willing to share their entrepreneurial wisdom with you, given that you don't compete with them in their area. 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 process for finding an owner of a hunting and fishing club outside of your area who is willing to talk?

No problem! Just use the link below and try a random city/state or zipcode. Then start dialing for advice until you are successful.

Top Three Reasons to Buy an Established Hunting & Fishing Club

For years, street-smart entrepreneurs have known that whenever possible, it's more advantageous to buy an existing hunting and fishing club than it is to start one from scratch.

You'll want to conduct a comprehensive due diligence process, but here are three arguments why you should think about buying instead of a startup.

  • Proven Profitability. Startups struggle to bring in revenue right out of the gate while existing businesses usually have a steady stream of income.
  • Operational Efficiency. Existing businesses are established operations, with the necessary processes, people and other resources already in place.
  • Capital Acquisition. Lenders, investors and other funding sources almost always prefer business purchases to startups.

Don't Rule Out Franchising

If you prefer to partner with others to launch your new business, you should consider going with a franchise network.

Prior to making the decision to open a hunting and fishing club, you ought to investigate whether there are good franchise opportunities available that might increase your chances of success.

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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