The first expansion of your business is a significant step accompanied by a number of factors to consider. With a second location, you’ll be doubling the management processes including employees, products, and customers. If a plan for expansion is not well-thought-out, your second location could falter and even negatively impact your original business.
Consider these issues before making the final decision to expand:
Determine whether or not you can duplicate your business.
Is the owner’s presence critical to the success of the business?
Can employees be trusted to manage day-to-day operations?
Measure the strength of your current business.
The flagship location should be viable and profitable before investing into a new location.
Perform market research focused on proposed new location.
Start by studying the consumer traffic and competition in the area to determine whether it can support your expansion. Be sure to observe business activities during different times and days of the week.
Be sure to have adequate funding for the proposed new location.
Opening another location comes with extra expenses. You should be able to cover all upfront costs, as there might not be a return for a couple of months. Create a list with realistic cost estimates of everything needed to get the new spot up and running. This could include:
·Lease vs. buy
·Furniture, displays, signage, etc.
·License and permits
Know the financial and legal implications.
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Hecht, Jared. “Opening a Second Location? Here’s What to Keep in Mind.” Entrepreneur. N.p., 02 Aug. 2016. Web. 03 Aug. 2016.