What Type Of Business Ownership Works Best For You?

Business Ownership being presented as an enterprise that involves itself in goods and or services to the end consumer can be created from many different industries to include consumable and non-consumable products, textiles, auto, technology, energy, farming, transportation, financial, real estate and many more. Before you move ahead in business ownership, there are many key factors to take into consideration.

First of all, you will need to decide if you are going to be a sole owner, a partnership or a corporation and if you will have shareholders. As the business owner, the basis of the business will include having a clear business plan created to include the flow of the entire organization.

Depending on the size and structure of your business, you will need to decide what departments you need for your type of business. For example, let’s consider some very important departments that may be key to the success of your business.

First of all, the Administration Department could consist of the business owner if he or she is running the business, the board of directors, and possibly a Managing Director shares the vision of the business and is key in guiding the employees to maintain the flow of the business plan in place.

The Finance Department heads the Financial Manager of the business and this employee should be able to predict and adjust for profits and losses on a daily basis as well as understand how to balance and maintain the financial stability of the company by working with the capital provided all while working toward positive financial growth.

The Production, Service and Distribution departments contribute to the growth of the business substantially when proper employees are in place with sufficient and specialized skills, experience and knowledge depending of what the type of business demands. The latest technology and advanced methods should always be used to ensure the most development and growth for the company.

The Human Resource Department Manager is key to the success of the business in regards to the quality of employees that are hired and needs to be able to effectively communicate with the owner and other managers of the business as well as the employees. The HR Manager will be dealing with employee issues and needs to be able to communicate effectively with all parties involved all while maintaining company and legal policies and working with all parties involved to resolve any issues that arise in a professional manner.

These four Departments need to be considered when taking on the exciting venture of Business Ownership and you as the owner, will need to understand and be capable of deciding the functions of each department and always be aware of what is happening in the workplace and have control of your business in every aspect.

Exploring Business Ownership – Franchises, a Controlled Way to Own a Business (Part 5 of 7)

In part 4 we began a discussion on how to assess your risk tolerance for business ownership by analyzing the way you think. I covered the 3 main ways to earn income, outlined the risks associated with employment, and how employees typically think. If you didn’t identify with “employee think” then maybe you’ll identify with franchise ownership.

Franchise Ownership

Franchise owner think is:

I can run the systems, methods, and procedures that are already defined and documented. If you’ll show me how, I can pull the right levers and push the right buttons to make the business work.

If you’ve had middle management experience or if you’re a “systems” kind of person, if you like a broader scope of responsibility while staying within certain rules, if you can solve big picture problems but enjoy support when you’re having a tough go of it, if you want more personal freedom than being trapped 9 to 5 in an office cube, and if you want to build equity in a business investment that you can eventually sell, then owning a franchised business model is worth looking into.

Most people think of restaurants when they think of the franchise industry. However, there are literally thousands of franchised business models available in the US in at least 50 different industries, although in my opinion probably only a few hundred are truly robust or mature enough to consider investing in.

When you buy into a franchised business model you license the right to operate a business, usually within a prescribed territory, using the franchise brand name and their products, services, and methods of operation. You basically operate a “clone” of what other franchisees are operating.

Presumably the products and services have been tested and perfected, target markets have already been defined, marketing campaigns have been developed, store designs have been created, and the necessary equipment has been specified. You essentially operate the business model in accordance with the methods and procedures prescribed by the franchisor. Some feel that it’s a controlled way of getting your feet wet in the business ownership world.

Risk Assessment

In my opinion investing in and operating a franchise is more risky than employment, but has less risk than an unsupported entrepreneur-owned business. The franchisor has a vested interest in helping you succeed in their business model because they get a royalty cut of your sales income stream.

However, it is certainly possible to fail in business owning a franchised business model. If you don’t follow their system, if you refuse to market your business, if their business model, product, or service simply doesn’t meet the needs of the market place, or for any of a number of other reasons, then you can loose your entire investment (just like entrepreneurial business ownership).

If your risk temperament seems to be right for the franchise area, then I highly recommend retaining an independent outside advisor to guide you through your initial investigation and evaluation of the thousands of concepts available. Like independent fee-for-service financial advisors, getting professional counsel to help you navigate through this area will be money well spent.

Did you identify with “franchise owner think?” If not, stay tuned. In part 6 we’ll explore how entrepreneurial business owners think.

Many Entrepreneurs Fail Before Taking the First Step Towards Business Ownership

An overwhelming number of entrepreneurs begin their business endeavors with nothing more than a good idea. However, there is much more to establishing and operating a successful company and it should start with a plan. I have encountered several future business owners who do indeed have a stellar idea but lack the time, focus, fearlessness, or planning required to take a company from the start-up phase to a point of success beyond stagnancy. Starting and growing a successful business demands patience, tenacity, and resilience to deal with day-to-day operations that will inevitably be laced with setbacks and failures. It is the accomplished business owners and managers who plan for these dilemmas and the expenses associated with them in a professionally written business plan created during the early stages of company development. An admirable idea is indeed necessary in the creation of a unique and distinct company, but there comes a point when that idea must be converted into well-defined action that takes into account the pros and cons of daily ventures.

The number one characteristic all entrepreneurs should possess is undying fearlessness. As an owner there will be times when you desire certain attributes for your company. It is solely the responsibility of ownership and management to negotiate for these desires, and without the steadfastness required to acquire what you desire the possibility of accomplishing your goals is greatly reduced. Withdrawing when negotiations reach objectionable areas only decreases the eventuality of achieving success in that particular venture. Owners must be relentless when striving for the success of their companies. Every negotiation will not be easily overcome but all negotiations possess the potential for successful outcomes. The fear of success and what it entails hinders many business owners. Do not let the fear of achieving your predetermined goals be the setback that prevents your company from becoming what you envisioned when you dreamed of its existence.

In addition to bold and steadfast action related to daily endeavors of a business, entrepreneurs must be focused on driving their companies from start-up to prosperity in a predetermined length of time. Fearlessness and focus go hand in hand when it comes to advancing a company towards maximum profits, and if substantial earnings is not the dominating factor for a company it will be short-lived or forever stagnant. Time, effort and money is paramount in the attainment of wealth for any entrepreneur. Without accepting these aspects of business no company will succeed. Furthermore, a plan for success enables business owners with the reinforcement and concentration to help them remain committed in their quests for growth.

This is how a well written business plan enables entrepreneurs at the start of the business ownership journey. A well written plan not only provides a means of guidance as to how a company will reach its destiny, but it accommodates owners and managers with a sense of security in spite of hardships encountered along the way. Adversity will happen, but the projections set forth during the development of a business plan takes every pitfall of the company and its industry into consideration. Therefore, unforeseen circumstances will not catch company decision makers off guard. Instead management can make the necessary adjustments and remain on track to earn abundant revenues.

So, solicit the help of a professional Business Plan Writer during the start-up phase of business. It will set your company up for success before it is too late. If you already have an established company and would like to see it grow, a plan writer can assist you in accomplishing what you originally envisioned for your business. Many entrepreneurs fail before taking the first step towards business ownership. Don’t let the lack of a well written business plan be your downfall. The development of a business plan is the most important decision any owner with goals of launching and successfully operating a business can make. Make the right decision, hire me today to create for you a detailed, precise, and professional business plan that will position you ahead of your competition for years to come.

A.L. Demings

“Action is the foundational key to all success” ~Pablo Picasso~

Pro’s and Con’s of Business Opportunities

The concept of a business opportunity might not be completely understood, simply because it can apply to so many different situations. For the purpose of our discussion here, we will not be talking about franchise opportunities. Otherwise, almost anything goes–from distributorships to vending machine routes, from network marketing to dealerships. Business opportunities can be online or be located in the real world. In general, a business opportunity is the sale or lease of a product, service or equipment that enables you to start a business.

Business opportunities usually involve a product and they may have a location, although the online world is quickly changing that. The assumption with a business opportunity is that there is a market for the product or service and there is the potential for profit. Initial fees for taking advantage of a business opportunity vary and there may be a buy-back or guarantee provision. Business opportunities usually come with some sort of marketing program as well.

A “business opportunity” doesn’t normally refer to the one-off sale of an independent business. Business opportunities normally consist of a system or set of procedures that can be sold to more than one buyer in more than one location. With the sale of an independent business, they are usually no continuing obligations between the seller and the buyer. The buyer can do anything they want with the business they’ve bought, and there’s no requirement for a continuing relationship with the seller.

There are many advantages and benefits connected with business opportunities. They normally have a lower initial fee and lower startup costs than a franchise. Business opportunities are normally based on a proven system or product, so you can profit from the experience of others. There may be a training program connected with the business opportunity and longer-term business counseling may be available as well. You benefit from the buying power of a larger company and you can often take advantage of cooperative promotional activities and advertising.

But the world of business opportunities is not always perfect. The company offering the opportunity may not always have your best interests in mind. There may be a lack of support at some times. Exclusivity clauses (meaning you can sell their product and no others) may hinder your ability to compete in the marketplace. It’s not unheard of for parent companies to go broke or declare bankruptcy. The bottom line? Anytime you consider taking advantage of a new business opportunity, it’s your responsibility (not someone else’s) to diligently evaluate both the company and yourself.

First of all, are you truly ready to take on a business opportunity? In addition to having the financial freedom to take a chance, do you really have the passion and excitement to put into a new business opportunity? And what about time? Do you have enough time freely available to devote to the success of this business opportunity?

Successfully starting up a new business requires complete knowledge of your product or service. If the company is not willing to immediately and cheerfully provide that knowledge, then you should quickly back away from this particular opportunity. Do some market research of your own. Don’t take the company’s word for it that a rabid demand exists for their particular product.

Investigate the company’s record of past success and try to interview someone who’s currently involved with the business opportunity. Has the company lived up to its promises and fulfilled its obligations?

What sort of income claims are connected with this business opportunity? You should look for assurances of reasonable income, but at the same time there should be no limit on future income. Promises of fast and easy riches should be a warning for you to stay away. How many years has the company offering the opportunity been in business? What sort of reputation do they have? Are their ethics and standards compatible with yours?

There’s no shortage of business opportunities available. It’s a fairly simple matter to find something that appeals to your interests and fits within your startup budget. But don’t allow yourself to be rushed into any arrangement. True business opportunities based on proven models will have no trouble waiting for your careful consideration.