A business scheme comprises the basic concepts and ideas behind a business. This is the main thrust of your business, and often the first thing entrepreneurs think of.
You can make up a scheme when you are trying to figure out what kind of business you want to develop. It can also be an exercise to determine a future endeavor. Thinking up the scheme requires less research and data than the business plan. You can simply answer the following questions to come up with your own scheme.
1. What are you selling? You could be offering a product or service. The answer often starts with a simple item that you need to elaborate and specify to come up with the exact item for sale. The entrepreneur may give the basic answer as food. This begs the question, "What kind of food?" There are already several companies offering different kinds of food. You need to be more specific to be able to grab even a niche market. Food may evolve into Italian food and further into Italian food for delivery.
2. Who will buy it? Targeting the entire world as your consumer is an ambitious task. It is also not feasible. There are already several companies targeting the entire world, but still, they specialize in a specific demographic.
This further specifies the answer to question number 1. The answer to it may be a demographic such as young urban professionals. The answer can also be a specific location, meaning the place where your store will be located. Whatever the case, this makes sure that you know exactly who will be buying your product, and allows you to play to their preferences.
The prospective owner of the Italian food for delivery business can specify an area where they will deliver. This can be a business area where there are not enough food establishments. They can target busy employees that want good food without going too far.
3. How will you sell it? The answer to this question dictates how you will run the business. The answer to this can be via a store, online or on the phone. A delivery business can publicize their services and goods online. They can also set-up an office to take orders.
4. How much will you earn? This question involves pricing, investment and profit. The price of the products depends on the people that will be buying it. It needs to be low enough so that the target consumers can afford the products and high enough so that the owner can make a profit.
Entrepreneurs also need to figure out how much they need to invest in the business. The first three answers dictate what equipment is needed, whether an office space needs to be rented and how many people need to be employed. The investment and pricing helps you anticipate when you will break even and make a profit.
5. Who will handle the business? When devising a business scheme, you need to figure out whether you will take an active part in it or let other people run it for you. This determines how much time you will spend on the business. The fourth question lets you know whether the business is profitable enough so that you can do it full time. Answers to the first two determine whether you know enough about the business to make it work on your own.