August 21, 2019  
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Starting a Business in Algona, Iowa

Thinking about starting a business in Algona, Iowa? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Algona.

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Before you get too far along in the process, consider your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

Here are three things we recommend you do before you fully commit to starting a new business of your own.

  • Grab a meal or cofee with other entrepreneurs in Algona. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • Take a look at The Entrepreneurial Personality. It's a short article but it's a good reality check for those are about to jump into the world of entrepreneurship.
  • Reach out to a trusted acquaintance. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

What Business to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Good Business Ideas.

For in-depth how-to guides on how to start specific businesses, browse our Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening a Barricades Business guide or our Opening a Swimming Pools Contractors Commercial Business guide.

Remember that your new startup will be located in Algona. Some businesses will do better in Algona than others. Study Algona demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Algona, Iowa Demographic Information

Algona has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.

To give you a better feel for Algona demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Algona.

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 1068
5-9 Employees 498
10-19 Employees 246
20-49 Employees 132
50-99 Employees 54
100-249 Employees 30
250-499 Employees 6
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Algona Businesses 2034

As a new Algona entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Algona for each business category. By looking at this chart, you can get a general sense for how much competition there is in the business niche that you are pursuing.

Business Type # of
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Beauty Salons 5
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Boat Dealers 2
Book Stores 3
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 2
Cable and Other Program Distribution 2
Carpet and Rug Mills 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 1
Child Day Care Services 3
Claims Adjusting 1
Community Food Services 1
Computer and Software Stores 2
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Convenience Stores 1
Credit Bureaus 1
Credit Unions 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 3
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Engineering Services 1
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 4
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 4
Florists 1
Food Product Machinery Manufacturing 2
Food Service Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 8
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 6
General Freight Trucking, Local 3
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Graphic Design Services 2
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 1
Home Health Care Services 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 13
Janitorial Services 3
Jewelry Stores 2
Landscaping Services 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 9
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 2
Machine Shops 2
Mail-Order Houses 1
Masonry Contractors 1
Meat Markets 1
Men's Clothing Stores 1
Motorcycle Dealers 2
New Car Dealers 4
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 2
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Office Administrative Services 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 10
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Polystyrene Foam Product Manufacturing 1
Professional Organizations 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Property Managers 1
Residential Remodelers 2
Roofing Contractors 2
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 2
Shoe Stores 2
Site Preparation Contractors 5
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 2
Solid Waste Collection 1
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Tax Preparation Services 2
Temporary Shelters 1
Tire Dealers 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Travel Agencies 2
Used Car Dealers 2
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Veterinary Services 4
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 2

Should You Franchise?

As you drive around Algona, you'll conclude that many business owners have opted to buy a franchise, rather than starting a business on their own. Evidently, there must be some significant advantages to purchasing a franchise.

We highly recommend you investigate buying a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchisees Versus Licensees. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

A comprehensive list of franchisors is available via our List of Franchise Opportunities.

Sample franchise opportunities include Tinder Box International and Breadsmith. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Child Photos and Portraits Franchises and Financial Services Franchises.

Note on Algona Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Algona.

Is Buying an Existing Algona Business a Good Strategy?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Iowa. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Algona.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: How to Buy a Business.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

A business plan is essential in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Indeed, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Free Business Plan Templates. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Next Steps

You have a dream -- starting a business in Algona. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Algona and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Algona entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Algona, Iowa

Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Algona.

  • Resources for Algona, Iowa Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Algona entrepreneurs.
  • Iowa Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Iowa.
  • Iowa Small Business Development Center - The Iowa SBDC conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses. They provide comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields. This is a great resource for Iowa entrepreneurs!



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