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  1. #1
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    Apr 2008


    Hello -

    I am working on a business plan and had a couple of questions. I hope some of you veterans can help shed some light?

    1) How accurate is this potential sales mix? We are located in the Pacific Northwest.
    50.0% - Coffee Beverages
    25.0% - Non-Coffee Beverages
    10.0% - Food
    10.0% - Bakery
    3.0% - Bottled Drinks & Misc
    3.0% - Whole Bean Sales

    2) I know it varies depending on where you live...but, what are the avg. month costs of utilities. Right now I have budgeted $1,600 a month. How is that?

    3) What is the monthly cost of Insurance?

    4) And lastly, what kind of growth rate % were people seeing in their first couple years of business?

    Thank you everyone in advance for your help! It's nice to have the support of a group like this!

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    John P replied to your similar question last week, here is the link: ... ght=#31234

    Now, while some will recommend that you stick to what you know best, coffee, I would like to add that sometimes it's better to diversify. If you're able to manage diversity that is. Offer something unique to your area.

    There's a local 200 acre vegetable farm here that would have been put out of business a long time ago by the newer super markets that moved into the area.
    They began to add things to their farm that would attract a larger customer base. In addition to their produce, they started raising free range chickens, started a fully operational bakery (which I helped to get off the ground), and put more emphasis into their greenhouse by adding a larger variety of flowers.

    Regarding your questions, you could try a "search" in the forum, using keywords such as:
    utilities -
    insurance -
    cogs -
    growth rate -
    % coffee sales -

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