You’ve decided that you want to open a gas station. Where do you start? The first step in the process is to make a business plan. As the name implies, to write your business plan, you first have to plan your business. This guide will walk you through that process.
Purchase or Build Your Gas Station
The key component of your gas station business is the station itself. You will need to decide whether you want to purchase an existing station or build your own. If you purchase an existing building, you won’t have to wait for your station to be constructed to open your business. However, you likely will have to make some modifications and repairs. You may also be limited in your choice of locations. If you’d prefer to choose your location and custom design of your building, you may wish to employ gas station builders to construct a station of your own.
Choose the Services You Want To Offer
Most gas stations don’t just sell gas. In fact, for many gas station owners, the gas pumps are primarily a way to attract customers. It has become common for gas stations to include some type of retail store and/or a car wash. Typical items offered for sale include food, automotive accessories and items of interest to tourists and other travelers. However, many gas stations have expanded into offering restaurants, coffee, ice cream, pizza and any number of other products and services.
Establish Your Brand
There are a lot of gas stations to choose from, so you’ll want to make sure yours stands out from the rest. A unique product, service, theme or business philosophy could help distinguish you from your competitors.
Opening your own business is an exciting proposition. There are many steps along the way. Starting with a good business plan will help set you up for success.