Wondering how to start an oil equipment sales and service business? We take you step-by-step from start to success.
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Best Practices: Business Plans for Oil Equipment Sales & Service Businesses
Struggling to get the attention of lenders and investors? Maybe it's because you're lacking a high quality business plan.
Business plans address a wide range of issues, including startup financials. Not surprisingly, lenders immediately turn to the financial section and use the accuracy of your forecasts to gauge the value of other parts of the plan.
Subsequently, a thorough understanding of business plan financial basics is a prerequisite to effective business plan writing for oil equipment sales and service businesses.
Long before you open an oil equipment sales and service business within your community, it's essential to determine how you will fit in the competitive landscape. Use the link below to generate a list of competitors in your city. After following the link, enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of oil equipment sales and service businesses in your area.
How tough is the competition in the market you are considering? If the competition is too tough, you may need to think about starting the business in a different area or even start a completely different business instead.
Studying the Market
If you want to open an oil equipment sales and service business it's essential that you learn from folks who are already in business. If you think your local competitors will give you advice, you're being overoptimistic. Why would they want to educate a future competitor?
Fortunately, somebody who runs an oil equipment sales and service business in a location that is not competitive to you will be much more likely to talk 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. 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.
How does one quickly and easily locate an oil equipment sales and service business entrepreneur in another community?
It's easy. Here's a link you can use to find a mentor outside of your area.
Oil Equipment Sales & Service Business Acquisitions: Financial Considerations
Startup oil equipment sales and service businesses carry a host of financial risks and concerns. Without an operational history, it's hard to predict how your startup will actually perform in the marketplace.
One of the ways to mitigate the financial risk of a startup is to modify your approach to tap into the financial benefits of buying an existing oil equipment sales and service business. At a minimum, it's worth exploring the financial benefits of buying a business to get an established customer base.
Based on the acquisition target's financial records, you should be able to piece together a realistic forecast of your new company's financial picture for the first year and beyond. If you need assistance, we suggest talking to an accountant or professional business planning consultant.
Don't Forget About Franchising As an Option
The odds of becoming a successful entrepreneur zoom upwards when you opt to franchise rather than going it alone.
If your goal is to start an oil equipment sales and service business, it's worthwhile to investigate whether franchise opportunities in your space might simplify your entering the business.
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.
These additional resources regarding getting started as an entrepreneur may be of interest to you.
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