Thinking about opening a fireproofing and firestopping business? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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How to Write a Top Quality Fireproofing & Firestopping Company Business Plan
A business plan is the skeletal framework for your fireproofing and firestopping business's mission, goals and strategic vision.
Since lenders and investors will use your plan to gauge risk, it needs to contain industry-specific benchmarks and a detailed marketing plan.
Early in the process, it's worth your time to learn how to write the market analysis section of a business plan. As you prepare the market analysis section, be careful to rely on substantiated market research rather than your hopes for your fireproofing and firestopping business.
Don't Ignore Competitors
Well in advance of opening a fireproofing and firestopping business in your area, it's a good idea to see how many competitors you have. Try our link below to generate a list of competitors in your area. After following the link, enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of fireproofing and firestopping businesses in your area.
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
Once you've finished assessing the competion, be sure to learn as much as you can from somebody who is already in the business. It's very unlikely that the local competition will talk to you. What's in it for them?
But, a person who owns a fireproofing and firestopping business outside of your community can be a great learning resource for you, once they realize that you are not going to directly compete with them in their community. Indeed, many experienced entrepreneurs enjoy offering advice to startup 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.
How do you find a fireproofing and firestopping business owner outside of your area who is willing to talk?
Here's how we would do it. Try the useful link below and key in a random city/state or zipcode.
Getting Started in Fireproofing & Firestopping Business Ownership
Would-be fireproofing and firestopping business business owners can either launch a new business or acquire an existing operation.
We understand why a startup may sound appealing. A new fireproofing and firestopping business will definitely be more reflective of your personal business philosophy. Yet startups are also more difficult to finance because their nature is inherently risky.
On the other hand, a fireproofing and firestopping business purchase is more attractive to lenders and investors. Buying a business means that you'll have access to a documented financial history, an established business model and other factors that are unknowns in a startup – and that makes the ownership opportunity less of a risk to both you and your fireproofing and firestopping business's key stakeholders.
Is Franchising the Right Option?
The probabilities on your making a success of your new business immediately improve when you join the ranks of franchisees and leverage their successful brand and track record.
As part of your process in starting a fireproofing and firestopping business, a smart move is to check out whether there are good franchise opportunities available that 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.
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