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How to Start a Resort Business - Free Resort Business Plan Sample PDF

Are you considering starting a Resort Business and are in need of a Resort Business Plan Sample? if yes, you'll find this free book to be extremely helpful.

This is a practical guide that will walk you step by step through all the essentials of starting your business. The book is packed with guides, worksheets and checklists. These strategies are absolutely crucial to your business' success yet are simple and easy to apply.

Don’t Start a New Resort Business Business Unless You Watch This Video First!

Checklist for Starting a Business: Essential Ingredients for Success

If you are thinking about going into business, it is imperative that you watch this video first! it will take you by the hand and walk you through each and every phase of starting a business. It features all the essential aspects you must consider BEFORE you start a business. This will allow you to predict problems before they happen and keep you from losing your shirt on dog business ideas. Ignore it at your own peril!

Here’s a Valuable Free Gift for You
This is a high quality, full blown business plan template complete with detailed instructions and all related spreadsheets. You can download it to your PC and easily prepare a professional business plan for your business.
Click Here! To get your free business plan template

The Single Most Important Ingredient for Business Success

The first and most important thing you need to acquire in order to succeed in a small business is... knowledge.

Sounds exaggerated? Listen to this...

According to research conducted by Dun & Bradstreet, 90% of all small business failures can be traced to poor management resulting from lack of knowledge.

This is backed up by my own personal observations. In my 31 years as a business coach and consultant to small businesses, I've seen practically dozens of small business owners go under and lose their businesses -- not because they weren't talented or smart enough -- but because they were trying to re-invent the wheel rather than rely on proven, tested methods that work.

Conclusion: if you are really serious about succeeding in a business... If you want to avoid the common traps and mistakes... it is absolutely imperative that you acquire the right knowledge.

"Why Invent Mediocrity, When You Can Copy Genius?"

That's an excellent quote I picked up from a fellow business owner a few years back. What this means is that you should see what is working and try to duplicate Printing Business. Why go through all the trouble of inventing something new, that you don't even know will ever work, when you can easily learn from and duplicate something that has been a proven success?

[ Note: One of the BIGGEST mistakes almost all new businesses make is that they WASTE tons of valuable time, energy and money on trying to create something "new", that has never been tested or proven... only to find out later that it was a total loss. Don't make the same mistake! ]

Hi! My name is Meir. I'm the founder and president of, a successful internet based information business. I'm also the author of numerous books, mostly in the area of small business management.

I've been involved in small business for the past 31 years of my life, as a business coach, manager of a consulting firm, a seminar leader and as the owner of five successful businesses.

During my career as a business coach and consultant I've helped dozens of business owners start their businesses, market, expand, get out of troubles, sell their businesses and do practically every other small business activity you can think of.
You see, I have been there .... done it ... and bought the Small Business t-shirt! -- This free book contains techniques and strategies I've learned during my 31 year small business career.

Here's what you'll discover in the 'How to Start a Resort Business' book:

How to determine the feasibility of your business idea - a complete fill in the blanks template system that will help you predict problems before they happen and keep you from losing your shirt on dog business ideas.

A detailed manual that will walk you step by step through all the essential phases of starting your business

A complete resort business plan sample template. This fill-in-the-blanks template includes every section of your business plan, including Executive Summary, Objectives, SWOT Analysis, Marketing Analysis and Strategy, Operations Plan, Financial Projections and more (a similar template is sold elsewhere for $69.95).

All this and much much more.

Success Tip: Setting Goals

Good management is the key to success and good management starts with setting goals. Set goals for yourself for the accomplishment of the many tasks necessary in starting and managing your business successfully. Be specific. Write down the goals in measurable terms of performance. Break major goals down into sub-goals, showing what you expect to achieve in the next two to three months, the next six months, the next year, and the next five years. Beside each goal and sub-goal place a specific date showing when it is to be achieved.

Plan the action you must take to attain the goals. While the effort required to reach each sub-goal should be great enough to challenge you, it should not be so great or unreasonable as to discourage you. Do not plan to reach too many goals all at one time.

Establish priorities. Plan in advance how to measure results so you can know exactly how well you are doing. This is what is meant by "measurable" goals. If you can’t keep score as you go along you are likely to lose motivation. Re-work your plan of action to allow for obstacles which may stand in your way. Try to foresee obstacles and plan ways to avert or minimize them.

Click here! to download your Resort Business business plan PDF book

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Here's a Sample 'Executive Summary' for a Resort Business plan:

The long-term goal of COMPANY NAME is to offer temporary lodging, hunting, and vacationers get-away from all of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. COMPANY NAME specializes in personalized service, the historical nature of Trenton, Mo, and its unique location is one of the most attractive parts of Trenton. We plan to be more than a great lodging, hunting, and vacationer’s paradise. We plan to create an environment of leisure that surpasses the standard fare for Trenton and Jamesport. Expanding our exposure via the Internet and introducing Trenton and Jamesport to people that have not yet discovered this year-round paradise will allow us to maintain a higher than average occupancy rate and above average profits.
COMPANY NAME is located in Trenton, MO. COMPANY NAME is just and hour away from Kansas City, Mo a vacationer has limitless vacationing option to please their palette.
The Company
COMPANY NAME is an established Motel Cabin, hunting resort, and has been in operation for the last six years. After taking possession and a brief period of getting established, we added a Ranch house to ensure a steady flow of patrons (hunters, tourists and locals) through its doors. The last owner purchased the property four years ago, and he wasn’t operating the business at full capacity. The grounds were poorly maintained and were in need of renovating. 
This summer we plan on adding two new cabins, renovate current cabins, and add a play area for families with children.
COMPANY NAME is a non-profit corporation under the INSERT NAME.
Our Services
COMPANY NAME was originally built in 2006. Each of our rooms is equipped with two double beds or a queen bed, and rooms with a second bedroom or kitchenette are available. The Ranch house also has on-site front desk service. A few of the buildings are currently being renovated with plans to complete and build two more cabins. 
As the Ranch house gains recognition during the peak season, we plan to expand our services to the residents of Trenton and surrounding cities in time for the off-season. The large dance floor area is ideal for formal or informal gatherings (e.g. wedding receptions, club meetings, Christmas parties, family reunions, etc.).

The Market
COMPANY NAME target market strategy is based on becoming a destination of choice for people searching for a rustic place to relax or recharge. The target markets that we are going to pursue are people or families looking for a vacation destination, honeymooners, family reunions, hunters, and drop-in customers. Our country style setting and facilities are a natural choice for hunters or families to visit, what with the having so many outdoor things to do.
Our three major customer segments are tourists, locals, and hunters from all over the United States. Since the Trenton area is known for great hunting of elk and deer, and local patrons who need the facilities for various events. Subscriptions to various Web services will provide local and international exposure to potential customers for a nominal annual fees, plus we have a website The Ranch house would like to see a 30% increase in customers on a yearly basis for formal or informal gatherings (e.g. wedding receptions, club meetings, Christmas parties, family reunions, etc.).
Financial Considerations
COMPANY NAME will be acquired via a business grant with the new owner supplying and initial investment of 10% down. We are assuming an initial capital start-up, as shown in the Start-up table, for operating expenses which we have already contributed. 
We estimate average monthly fixed costs, including operating expenses, as presented in the Financial Plan chapter below. Our peak and off-season traffic is fairly consistent and will not have a major impact on the monthly earnings as long as we maintain a 60% occupancy rate. As COMPANY NAME builds its market position among the local patrons, we anticipate that off-season revenues will be enough to break even during that season.

1.1 Objectives

Objective of COMPANY NAME for the first three years of operation include:

  • Open the COMPANY NAME "turnkey operation" with existing bookings from the previous owners, and new bookings under an increased rental rate after possession.
  • Exceeding the customer's expectations for hunting and vacationing accommodations.
  • Maintaining a 90% occupancy rate each month.
  • Assembling an experience and effective staff.
  • To increase the number of clients by 10% each year.
  • Increase exposure and market using Internet technology and direct advertising.
  • Through incentives and increased exposure on the Internet, we endeavor to increase off-season occupancy by 30% the first year.
  • Increase off-season use by expanding into other uses for property (cater parties, receptions, weddings, etc.).

1.2 Keys to Success

The primary keys to success for COMPANY NAME will be based on the following factors:

  • Provide a facility that is first class with attention to detail.
  • Give each guest a sense that he or she is our top priority.
  • Retain our guests to ensure repeat bookings and referrals.
  • Renovate to main a high standard in amities for our guest.

1.3 Mission

The mission of COMPANY NAME is to become the best choice in Grundy County for temporary lodging by expanding our exposure via the Internet (with multiple networks and links), and introducing the area to market segments that have not yet discovered this year-round hunter's dream. We plan to be more than a great Cabin and Lodge. We plan to create an environment of conveniences that surpasses the standard fare for Trenton.
The guests will have every need met to ensure his/her comfort. For special occasions, catered meals, chilled wine, etc. can be provided for an additional fee.
As COMPANY NAME gains recognition through the peak season, we plan to expand our services to the residents of Trenton, Mo and neighboring cities in time for the off-season. The main area can convert into a large area, ideal for formal or informal gatherings (i.e. wedding receptions, family reunions, Christmas parties, etc.). The outdoors, with its access to the mountains, and added play area for children visiting with their parents will open several additional opportunities. The Ranch house will be used for catered reception inside; COMPANY NAME will make events smooth and easy for the guests. The owner intend to see that attention to detail, customer service, and good food will be followed by a staff dedicated to each guest.

COMPANY NAME is located in Trenton, MO it holds 6 lovely log cabins, nestled in the woods just miles from Jamesport!

2.1 Legal Entity

COMPANY NAME is a non-profit corporation; under the INSERT NAME , lists of the officers are as follows.
President - INSERT NAME
Secretary - INSERT NAME
Treasurer - INSERT NAME   
Director - INSERT NAME

2.2 Start-up Summary

INSERT NAME (owner) has already made several small investments in the business. COMPANY NAME has acquired a lease option via a small personal loan with an option of owning the property once the grant funding is secured as part of her investment. 

Table: Start-up Funding

Start-up Funding


Start-up Expenses to Fund


Start-up Assets to Fund


Total Funding Required






Non-cash Assets from Start-up


Cash Requirements from Start-up


Additional Cash Raised


Cash Balance on Starting Date


Total Assets






Liabilities and Capital






Current Borrowing


Long-term Liabilities


Accounts Payable (Outstanding Bills)


Other Current Liabilities (interest-free)


Total Liabilities








Planned Investment


Grant Funding




Additional Investment Requirement


Total Planned Investment




Loss at Start-up (Start-up Expenses)


Total Capital






Total Capital and Liabilities




Total Funding


Table: Start-up









Start-up Expenses


Stationery etc.




Property Down payment


Lodge Setup


Direct - TV




Cabin Renovations


Build 2 New Cabins








Inserted Row


Total Start-up Expenses




Start-up Assets


Cash Required


Start-up Inventory


Other Current Assets


Long-term Assets


Total Assets




Total Requirements


COMPANY NAME will offer customers six 1-bedroom units and two 2-bedroom units. All units have a kitchenette and 2 of the new units will be utilized as suite. Each unit is equipped with a queen bed and two of the six units have an additional twin bed.
Trash and snow removal are optional and guest may request gift baskets for a small fee. A playground will be installed for families with children.

COMPANY NAME target market strategy is based on becoming a destination choice for families and hunters in the greater Trenton area who are looking for a place to relax, hunt, or recharge. The target markets that we are going to pursue are people searching for a vacation or hunting destination, and drop-in customers. We envision many hunters from all over the United States, as some do now, coming to stay and hunt in Trenton, Mo. The country setting and our facilities make COMPANY NAME a natural destination choice for people. COMPANY NAME will endeavor to produce a 30% increase in clientele on a yearly basis.

How to Write a Compelling Mission Statement

Most individual or corporate mission statements contain industry buzzwords, are so complex that no one can recite them, and do nothing to inspire. The more elaborate it is, the less likely it is understood and remembered. Having a clear and concise mission statement for yourself and your Company becomes your guiding compass as you journey through life. The following tips will help you write good sample mission statement and vision statement.

1. Your mission is larger than a job.

Ideally your job will align with your mission. For example, you could be employed as a teacher while your mission is education. To limit your personality and unique abilities to such boundaries causes a profound loss of identity when your job or career changes. The average person can expect to have seven employment changes in a lifetime.

2. Your mission is much more than your role.

We all have various roles we fulfill: spouse, parent, manager, friend...In our culture, men tend to define themselves by what they do professionally. Often, women define themselves by their roles or relationships. Linking your role to your mission places you in a vulnerable position because your role is likely to change--most notably through death or divorce. Who were you before your roles?

3. Your mission is not your To-Do List.

As Stephen Covey so masterfully points out in First Things First, there is a huge distinction between what is important and what is urgent. Most people fill their to-do lists with activities which appear to require immediate attention. When writing your mission statement, contemplate the big picture and focus on your core values. Develop your mission first, then list corresponding goals. Otherwise, you can be very busy following a to-do list without creating anything worthwhile.

4. You are already living your mission on some level.

Living your mission may not require massive changes. You can begin right where you are now. Increase your awareness daily of what's really important to you. What do you want to be known for? Increased focus allows you to receive, recognize and fully integrate your mission.

5. You are born with a purpose.

Everyone's life is important enough to warrant a mission. In the classic movie: It's a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart portrays a suicidal businessman who experiences what the lives of his friends and loved ones would be like WITHOUT him. Mostly, we don't have this overview or the understanding of how interconnected we are. Every thought we have, word we speak and action we take affects the entire universe.

6. Your mission may not appear to be grand.

You don't have to be another Mother Theresa or significantly contribute to the Gross National Product. You've heard the saying: For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost; for want of a horse, the battle was lost. The blacksmith responsible for Paul Revere's horse's feet indirectly helped lead a nation to freedom. Positively affect one life and you can be considered successful.

7. Your mission is a perfect fit for you.

Your mission is not something you loathe doing. Years ago, I feared God would want me to be a missionary living in a grass hut and I wanted to postpone this event as long as possible. It was irrational. Think of this: what CEO in his/her right mind would have the sales team switch to accounting? When you are living your mission, you experience pure joy. It is not hard and does not involve suffering. Rather, it resonates with the essence of who you are 100%: at work, at home, at a party and alone. Accept a mission that fits you, not the needs or expectations of others.

8. Your mission is not the same as that of your peers.

While crafting your mission statement, temporarily disassociate yourself from your peers. We are often influenced by and take as our own the values and goals of those in our network, thus inhibiting self-discovery. This distancing will allow you to concentrate on what is important and unique to you.

9. Your mission is your true heart's desire.

You may be in a career that parallels your dream. I'd like to have a dollar for every magazine editor, advertising copywriter or reporter whose real dream is to be a full-time novelist. Go for the REAL THING. Ask yourself: Is this the highest thing I could do in my life?

10. Your mission inspires you to take action.

Great leaders can state their mission succinctly. Nelson Mandela's mission was to end apartheid; Mother Theresa 's mission is to show compassion to the dying. If you don't feel passionate about your mission, it isn't your mission. Choose action verbs that are meaningful to you. For example, my mission is to breathe, ignite and magnify personal power. Join the 1% of the people in the world who have a clear sense of who they are and where they are going.

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