Thinking about opening a physicians' and surgeons' answering service? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Tips for Writing a Physicians' & Surgeons' Answering Service Business Plan
Many new physicians' and surgeons' answering service owners feel unprepared for the challenge of writing a business plan.
Fortunately, you don't have to tackle your physicians' and surgeons' answering service's business plan by yourself. These days, there are tons of great resources and solutions available to support the business plan writing process.
Our Business Plan Help section discusses some of the business plan resources other entrepreneurs have found useful.
Review the Competition
Long before you open a physicians' and surgeons' answering service within your community, it's a good idea to find out how strong the competition is. We've provided the link below to help you get a list of local competitors in your area. Complete the form by entering your city, state and zip code to get a list of physicians' and surgeons' answering services that are close by.
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
After you've evaluated your local competitors, it's a wise move to talk to somebody who is already in the 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.
However, a fellow entrepreneur who has started a physicians' and surgeons' answering service outside of your community may be more than happy to give you a few tips, given that you don't compete with them in their area. In that case, the business owner may be more than happy to discuss the industry with you. Our estimate is that you may have to contact many business owners to find one who is willing to share his wisdom with you.
How do you locate an owner of a physicians' and surgeons' answering service in another community?
Simply, try our helpful link below, type in a random city/state or zipcode, and start calling.
Benefits & Drawbacks of a Physicians' & Surgeons' Answering Service Acquisition
An acquisition can be a great way to enter physicians' and surgeons' answering service ownership. But it's important to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of buying a business before you decide on either an acquisition or startup approach.
BENEFITS: Existing companies have proven business models and a history of profitability. They should also have some degree of brand recognition and an established customer base.
DRAWBACKS: However, purchased companies can also come with pre-existing challenges and/or liabilities. Ultimately, it may be more difficult to tailor a purchased business to your ownership style.
Recognize that your chances of avoiding failure in business are much better if you buy a franchise in lieu of doing everything yourself.
As part of your process in starting a physicians' and surgeons' answering service, it's worthwhile to investigate whether there are good franchise opportunities available that might be the right move for you.
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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