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Comments & Replies: 2     Views: 2182     Posted By: Craig Osterhoudt  



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I just received this question from a business owner and thought I would post it for other BizBen Users to comment on:

"Should I buy a business as an expansion plan to my existing business? Will another location hurt or help my existing business? What kind of economies of scale can I expect to receive by opening an additional location or two?"

My take on this subject:

I think the largest benefit is reduction in marketing costs as a percentage of sales. If you wonder how Subway can afford to runs hundreds of radio commercials everyday, its because they split that cost among hundreds of locations. That one minute radio spot, costs the same no matter how many locations you have. So, if you are advertising on the radio, and open another location you should technically cut your radio expense in half, as a percentage of sales.

Its important to research whether the new location is in proper proximity to your existing location, to maximize marketing return on investment, but all other things being equal, lowering your marketing expense as a percentage of sales can be a large benefit of opening another location.

Opening another location also ads to your pool of employees. If someone calls in sick, you technically should have twice as many options as far as covering that missing shift. You should see some economies of scale in labor costs, recruiting costs and so forth.

Would love to hear what other BizBen Users feel about this subject. Thanks.


What a great topic! Very often the best way to expand a business is by acquisition. I know this from my own experience in owning and growing manufacturing and high-tech companies, and from advising business owners in various industries to do the same.

Craig points out the definite economies of scale from consolidating marketing costs and employing a larger and, thus, more flexible work force. Generally, the larger a company is the more sustainable and financially secure it is.

But there are other advantages as well. Most administrative costs do not increase linearly; for example, a business two or three times larger will not incur two or three times the legal, accounting, insurance, or human resource costs. Often warehousing and distribution can be more efficient. And, inventories can be more flexible; by doubling the business maybe the currently available inventory can be just one and a half times more, resulting in more inventory "turns" in a year, and more profit. Plus with higher purchases volume, the business can often negotiate better costs and terms from suppliers.

In addition, management personnel can often oversee more than one site, for even more increased efficiency and cost-saving.

Of course, in acquiring an existing business, proper due diligence should be done, including a projected proforma P&L and cash flow of the potentially combined companies to be sure that the buyer will truly realize the economies of scale anticipated.


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