How to Start a Cemetery Business

by Sara Lindberg; Updated September 26, 2017
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The cemetery business can be challenging and lucrative. Like any business, knowing the basics is essential. Also consider the different types of services that cemeteries offer, including cremation and increasingly popular green burials, which consist of no metal caskets or embalmment but simply include biodegradable caskets. Consider these options, especially cremation, because you will eventually run out of space for traditional casket burials.

Step 1
Tombstones in a graveyard, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA

Check the competition in your area, and pinpoint the cemetery businesses near you. Know how many cemetery businesses are in your surrounding area; it is important to know what you are up against.

Step 2
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After seeking out your competition, you need to learn more about the cemetery business in general, but it is unlikely that someone in your area will be willing to teach you the tricks of the trade. If you are unable to find the answers to your specific questions, try contacting the owner of a cemetery business in an area fairly far from you. Someone who does not consider you competition might be willing to help.

Step 3

Also consider franchising. If you don't feel comfortable doing everything on your own, franchising might be the right option for you, especially if you have never owned or operated your own business.

Step 4
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If you decide to establish your own cemetery, get in touch with the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (see Resources). This organization can offer more details and guidance.


About the Author

Sara Lindberg is a technical writer and has worked in information technology writing and translating technical documentation for three years. She has a Bachelor's degree in professional writing from Purdue University and lives in Indiana.

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