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prospective customers likely to purchase in a year? (Customers x frequency x price = market potential.) Competition is any business that sells a product or service that is exactly like what you want to do (Direct competition) or that may be similar to or an alternative to your product or service (Indirect competition). Where are other pizza shops? What are they like? What and where are other fast food, and/or grocery store food options? Why would these prospective customers buy your pizza (and not the other choices)? Is there an unmet need, am I offering something totally unique, are they dissatisfied with other choices? 5