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Starting a Service Business

How to Start a Service Business - Free Book

Are you considering starting a Service Business? 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 Service 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!

For more insightful videos visit our Small Business and Management Skills YouTube Chanel.

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 Printing 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 business plan 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.

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

COMPANY NAME is a non-diagnostic, non-medical procedure for client's enjoyment only.  The client does not need a prescription or referral from their doctor; however the company will require that the client is currently visiting a doctor for prenatal care COMPANY NAME will recommend that clients inform their medical providers of their decision to receive a 3D/4D sonogram.

The purpose of this business plan is to illustrate the need for start-up funding from the parent company.  The Company is owned by INSERT NAME (51%) and INSERT NAME (49%).
The funds awarded will be used for start-up costs, including but not limited to an ultrasound machine, initial staffing requirements, office equipment and supplies and an aggressive advertising campaign.

1.1 Objectives

COMPANY NAME objective is to a build quality service that provides high quality ultrasound images that are preserved so that expectant mothers' precious time can be enjoyed always and shared with friends and family. 
The company's goals include:

  • To provide a memorable experience that is documented and preserved for expectant parents and families.
  • To provide information on the sex of the baby within the womb so that families can plan accordingly for a boy or a girl.
  • To provide a service to the U.S. State of Montana for families that at this time does not exist.  Many families travel across country or outside of the state for the same services that are currently no offered in their immediate area.

COMPANY NAME fundamental objective is to realize how it can impact the community that the company does business in, knowing that COMPANY NAME will stand the test of time if the local residents approve and support the center.

1.2 Mission

The sole purpose for COMPANY NAME is to establish a profitable and well managed company while at the same time creating an atmosphere of fun and excitement for the entire family expecting a new addition to the family with an end product designed to please the family’s local residents as well as families that reside in the surrounding areas.

1.3 Keys to Success

Keys to success for COMPANY NAME will include:

  • Maintaining a reputable and untarnished reputation in the community. 
  • To provide gender verification if my clientele wants it.  
  • To provide exceptional service to expectant parents/families,
  • To provide a 4D ultrasound session that gives mothers, fathers and family members a unique opportunity to bond with the baby by seeing ultrasound images that technology in the past could not provide.
  • To provide 3-4 new jobs, therefore stimulating the local economy.

COMPANY NAME will offer 3D/4D ultrasound images of unborn children in the sense photography. If expecting parents want to know the sex of their unborn child, COMPANY NAME will be able to determine this for clients.   The ultrasound imaging is non-invasive and non-diagnostic, for entertainment purposes only and provides a truly unique way for expectant parents/ families to bond and see their unborn child.  The company feels the name of the business will sell its self as well as tell the consumer what exactly what is being offering. 

Currently there is not any competition for COMPANY NAME No other company or service in the State of Montana is currently offering this service.  COMPANY NAME will be the best because the company will have the newest equipment available as well as employees that will be trained and would have worked in this field before.

COMPANY NAME is a non-diagnostic, non-medical procedure for client's enjoyment only.  The client does not need a prescription or referral from their doctor; however the company will require that the client is currently visiting a doctor for prenatal care COMPANY NAME will recommend that clients inform their medical providers of their decision to receive a 3D/4D sonogram.
The owners are INSERT NAME.  INSERT NAME has two children of her own and came across a quandary when the two were expecting.  She too wanted to utilize a service such as this but none was available in the near vicinity.  Therefore, she traveled to Southern California in order to have her needs fulfilled.  There are services in California for gender identification, bonding and images of an unborn child, but not in the State of Montana.  COMPANY NAME seeks to make that service readily available in the company's demographic area.

2.1 Company Ownership

COMPANY NAME is an S Corporation organized in the state of Montana.  The two owners are INSERT NAME (51%) and INSERT NAME (49%).

2.2 Start-up Summary

The company founders, INSERT NAME, will handle day-to-day operations of the business and will work collaboratively with their employees to ensure that this business venture is a success.
It is estimated that the start-up costs will be $340,000 (including legal costs, advertising, equipment, and ultrasound machine and other related expenses).  Once the parent company receives the requested grant funding amount, a portion will be applied to the start-up costs.

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3.0 Services

INSERT NAME will provide a voluntary, non-intrusive, non-diagnostic videotaped 4D ultrasound to facilitate parent bonding and this is for sentimental purposes only. 4D Ultrasound videos and 3D ultrasound pictures are not for use in medical analysis and/or physical diagnosis. COMPANY NAME does not give fetal measurements, will not establish or give an opinion on gestational week or due dates, will not establish fetal heart rate, and will not give any physical diagnosis regarding a pregnancy or fetus or viability of same.  COMPANY NAME seeks to provide a service where the family can bond with the baby while still in the womb and determine the gender of the child for planning purposes if the client so desires.

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