Infiltration & Dissection of a Business?

Has anyone ever went and worked for a company that was in the same industry that you wanted to create a business out of? How did you dissect their business model? What questions did you ask to accomplish this task?

I started working for a printing company that, one day, I’d like to create a better version of. They do Banners, screen printing, vinyl cut, lamination, vehicle wraps, signs, etc.

There’s a lot of holes in their operations that I could remedy, especially given my history in production and management. They also lose a lot of profit due to mismanagement of waste.

Let’s assume I have full access to everything as though I were an owner (even though I don’t) – What questions should I be getting answers to that would make my path to success and the creation of my own company much, much easier?

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