Wondering how to start a decorating service? We take you step-by-step from start to success.
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Successful Business Plans for Decorating Services
You've heard that a quality business plan is the first step toward a successful decorating service.
The consequences of neglecting your decorating service's business plan can be severe - lenders and investors don't seriously consider funding businesses that lack a viable business plan.
Furthermore, a good business plan will help you avoid key startup mistakes. Lacking a solid business plan, many startups find themselves rudderless and incapable of executing consistent decision making processes, while committed business planners rely on their plans to guide all of their decision making and short-term planning efforts.
Take a Look at the Competition
Long before you open a decorating service in your area, it's essential 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 city. After clicking on the link, type in your city, state and zip code to get a list of decorating services near you.
Before you open up shop, make sure you know what you will offer to your customers that provides a significant advantage over your competition's offering.
Learning More About the Industry
After you've evaluated your local competitors, it's a smart move to speak with somebody who is already in the business. If you think owners of nearby decorating services will give you advice, think again. Why would they want to educate a future competitor?
However, a fellow entrepreneur who has started a decorating service on the other side of the country will be much more likely to talk with you, after they realize you reside far away from them and won't be stealing their local customers. 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.
Where can an aspiring entrepreneur like you find an owner of a decorating service who is willing to advise you because you live in different cities?
Simple. Let your fingers do the walking by using the link below.
Should I Buy or Launch a Decorating Service?
There is a lot of debate about whether it's better to start a new decorating service or acquire a decorating service on the business-for-sale marketplace.
Except for scenarios that require extreme innovation or highly unique value propositions, it's usually less risky to buy an existing decorating service.
The good news is that a decorating service acquisition is a recognized name and usually comes with a loyal customer base. The key is to locate a business-for-sale that closely matches your ownership philosophy and professional objectives.
Franchising May Be a Better Way to Go
If you want to minimize your chances of failing, you ought to think about going the franchising route.
If your goal is to start a decorating service, you should determine 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.
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