Thinking about opening a pet store? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Successful Business Plans for Pet Stores
You've heard that a quality business plan is the first step toward a successful pet store.
The consequences of neglecting your pet store'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. If your business plan includes accurate industry metrics and conservative forecasts, your business will be less vulnerable to market fluctuations and catastrophic surprises.
Prior to launching a pet store in your town, it's a good idea to determine what the competition looks like. We've provided the link below to help you generate a list of competitors in your city. After following the link, enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of pet stores in your area.
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
As part of your due diligence on opening a pet store, it's a smart move to speak with 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.
Fortunately, somebody who runs a pet store in another town can be a great learning resource for you, given that you don't compete with them in their area. Many business owners are happy to give advice to new entrepreneurs If you are persistent, you can find a business mentor who is willing to help you out.
How do you locate a pet store entrepreneur in another city who you can speak with?
We can help. Follow the link below, try a few city/state combos or zipcodes, and then start calling!
Should I Buy or Launch a Pet Store?
Unfortunately, many inexperienced pet store entrepreneurs approach ownership with the mistaken idea that a startup is their only option when they could also pursue a business acquisition.
Both ownership strategies have their benefits and drawbacks. For first-time business owners, it makes more sense to buy an existing pet store than to attempt to build one from the ground up.
An acquired pet store is a known quantity; a startup is less certain because its forecasts depend on estimated outcomes. If you're diligent about finding the right acquisition prospect, you may be able to leverage a business buying strategy to rapidly propel yourself into a position of industry leadership.
Consider Buying a Franchise
For many entrepreneurs, franchises present a low-risk alternative to a traditional pet store startup.
Our pet franchise directory (see link below) is full of pet store franchise opportunities.
Franchise terms vary, so you will need to evaluate franchise fees, initial buy-in, contract terms and training opportunities on a case-by-case basis.
These additional resources regarding starting a business may be of interest to you.
If you already are in business and came here to learn about growing an existing pet store, these resources will come in handy:
If you came here to learn about selling to pet stores, you're in the wrong place. Try these resources instead:
If you are still exploring all of your options, please browse our directory of guides below.