Ask Entrepreneur

Where can I find estimates of the startup costs of a copy/print/mail center?

I'm a student with a project that requires a PowerPoint presentation of a proposed new business. I chose a copy center. I need some help obtaining costs for startup, equipment, staffing, etc. Where I can find examples with dollar amounts attached?
Industry associations are great for this type of information. Look there first or talk to some business owners in the industry (you’d be surprised at how much information people will share with you).

Get your hands on some good entrepreneur's manuals (at the bookstore or the library) and continue your research on the web. There's a ton of information out there--especially relating to startups--in a range of different industries. Many costs are similar, and you can get a good idea of what to benchmark.

Realize, though, that costs always run more in a startup than projected. Your project would benefit by showing what that percentage is for the industry (20 percent, 30 percent, 50 percent), so you can better show how cash flow will vary as your proposed "business" gets off the ground.

All the best,

Brad Sugars

Share Your Thoughts

Today's Editor's Picks

About ASK ENTREPRENEUR

Ask Entrepreneur is a question-and-answer forum for and by the Entrepreneur.com community. Send in your burning business question, or comment on someone else's now. Have a Question? Ask Now

Topics (over 1000+ answers)

Ask Entrepreneur Q&A Hangouts

Google + Hangout With Shark Tank
Google + Hangout With Jason Falls
Google + Hangout With Angela Jia Kim
Google + Hangout With Grant Cardone

ASK Quick Tips