October 1, 2014  
 
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  Bastrop, Texas Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in Bastrop, Texas

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

Do You Have What It Takes?

Most startup ventures fail, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before you start your business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

Because entrepreneurship is not for everyone, we recommend you do the following to help you assess whether you should move forward with starting a business:

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Bastrop. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • You should read Starting a Company. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Talk it over with a close friend or partner. A support network of family and friends can be a great sounding board for good advice before you decide for sure to go into business.

Bastrop, Texas Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 1550
5-9 Employees 468
10-19 Employees 330
20-49 Employees 198
50-99 Employees 60
100-249 Employees 18
250-499 Employees 12
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Bastrop Businesses 2636

As a new Bastrop entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Bastrop 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
Businesses
Architectural Services 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 6
Beauty Salons 3
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 3
Book Stores 2
Business Associations 2
Cafeterias 1
Car Washes 5
Child and Youth Services 2
Child Day Care Services 8
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Claims Adjusting 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 2
Community Food Services 1
Computer and Software Stores 2
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Convenience Stores 5
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Electric Power Distribution 3
Electrical Contractors 2
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Engineering Services 1
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 1
Family Clothing Stores 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Floor Covering Stores 1
Florists 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 2
Framing Contractors 2
Full-Service Restaurants 22
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 2
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 5
General Rental Centers 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 5
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 4
Graphic Design Services 1
Home Centers 2
Home Health Care Services 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 11
Internet Service Providers 1
Janitorial Services 1
Jewelry Stores 2
Land Subdivision 1
Landscape Architectural Services 1
Landscaping Services 5
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 18
Locksmiths 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 2
Marketing Consulting Services 2
Masonry Contractors 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
Museums 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
New Car Dealers 5
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 3
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 8
Offices of Lawyers 13
Offices of Optometrists 3
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Photography Studios, Portrait 2
Portfolio Management 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 2
Rendering and Meat Byproduct Processing 1
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Sales Financing 1
Sawmills 1
Securities Brokerage 3
Shoe Stores 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 2
Support Activities for Forestry 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Tire Dealers 3
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Tour Operators 1
Travel Agencies 2
Used Car Dealers 1
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 3
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 2
Women's Clothing Stores 1

Have You Considered Franchising?

Visit the business district of Bastrop and it becomes clear that purchasing a franchise is a common way to get started as an entrepreneur. Should you be giving franchising serious consideration?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Staffing a Franchise. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include P.A.S.S. Packaging And Shipping Specialists and Amato's. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Employment and Staffing Franchises and Auto Repair Franchises.

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

Choosing a Company Name

A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.

We strongly advocate that you make sure the ".com" domain name is available for your company name. Every business needs a strong Web presence these days, and having a non ".com" domain means somebody else may outrank you in the search results for your own company name.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Branding Advice.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are planning on starting a business in Bastrop, it's imperative that you check now that no other Texas company is using the business name you want to use.

Promoting Your New Business

To grow your Bastrop business, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your succeeding.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Telemarketing Service Costs discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Building Up Your Sales

Mastering the art of selling is essential if you want your new Bastrop business to do well.

The key to selling is to set sales goals goals and monitor your progress towards those goals. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Closing Sales is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

Now It's Up To You

Most new Bastrop businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Bastrop and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Bastrop, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Bastrop, Texas

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

 

 

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