The Business Owner

The Business Owner

Firearm Business Owners

Firearms Training Business
Start Your Own Firearms Business

We want you to start thinking like a business owner, not an instructor. As a business owner, you will be faced with many challenges. The most basic questions: “How to make money?” “How do I find students?” And the most complicated one to answer: “Do I have what it takes to own and manage a business?”

Being a good instructor does not necessarily mean you will be a good business owner; these are two different skill sets. Both can be taught, both can be learned; neither are easy to master. For the purpose of this discussion, we’ll assume you know how to use a firearm. With that in mind, do you know how to teach? Do you know what to teach? It’s one thing to go out with friends and show them how to shoot, it’s another thing to teach a complete stranger.

Its a Challenge

If you have never owned and operated a small business, you have a very large learning curve ahead of you. It’s not insurmountable and it will be an exciting adventure. Even if your intention is to be a single business owner, you still need to acquire good business skills. You’ll follow the same rules, regulations, and requirements other business owners face every day. In the beginning you’ll be required to put in long hours, make sacrifices, and study hard to improve your business skills.

As a business owner you are the investor, manager, receptionist, accountant, sales person, credit collector, and janitor. You are the representative who attends Chamber of Commerce meetings, luncheons, civic clubs, trade shows, and other social events. As the publicist, you write the press releases and work the social media websites. As the training coordinator, you write the curriculum, schedule classes, and look for ways to improve training skills. And by the way, you’re also the instructor!

But wait! There’s more! For the low cost of just a few hundred hours a year, you get to: Create/review your business plan, prepare a budget, review your profit and loss statement, balance sheet, cash-flow statement, create/update your marketing plan, pay liability insurance, renew licenses, and of course; pay Uncle Sam.

Get Ready to Run!

Are you Ready to Get Started?

Do you still want to open and run a firearms training business? It’s OK if you don’t. Think about the amount of time, energy, and hard work that’s required. It’s not as fun and glamorous as it appears and it’s certainly not easy. Are we trying to discourage you? Not at all, but we do want you to be prepared for what’s ahead.

Back to the original question: “Do you have what it takes to be a business owner?” If the answer is yes, think it over one more time. Sleep on it. If the answer is still yes, welcome to the world of entrepreneurs!

Did you Decide Otherwise?

But what if the answer is no? That’s OK too! If you have honestly determined opening a business is going to be too difficult, to challenging, or that you don’t have the time to dedicate to a business, we have actually done our job. Not in the sense of discouraging you but in the sense of bringing reality home. We have saved you countless wasted hours, financial disaster, false hopes, and unrealistic expectations. This is a good thing!

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