August 21, 2019  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Iowa Entrepreneurs  
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Start a Business in Chariton, Iowa

Are you starting a business in Chariton, Iowa? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Chariton.

Are You Ready for Entrepreneurship?

Most new businesses do not succeed, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before jumping into the world of entrepreneurship, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

While entrepreneurship has become a popular career choice, we recommend you do the following before you take the plunge:

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Chariton. Listen closely to their experiences and see if you think you too can be successful.
  • You should read The Entrepreneurial Personality. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Reach out to a trusted acquaintance. Ask them directly: Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Listen carefully to their answer, as they presumably know your strengths and weaknesses.

What Type of Business Should You Start?

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? If you are struggling with what type of business to start, 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 Commercial & Graphic Arts Business guide or our How to Start a Stamp Collecting & Supplies Business guide.

Remember that starting a business in Chariton has some implications. Some businesses will do better in Chariton than others. Study Chariton demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Chariton, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 276
5-9 Employees 105
10-19 Employees 78
20-49 Employees 24
50-99 Employees 6
100-249 Employees 12
250-499 Employees 3
500-999 Employees 3
1000+ Employees 0
All Chariton Businesses 507

As a new Chariton entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Chariton 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 2
Child Day Care Services 1
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 3
Engineering Services 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 1
Full-Service Restaurants 2
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 1
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Health Care Services 1
Industrial Building Construction 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 4
Janitorial Services 2
Land Subdivision 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 5
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 1
Motorcycle Dealers 1
New Car Dealers 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 3
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 4
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Quick Printing 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 2
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Shoe Stores 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Veterinary Services 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 3

Raising Capital for Your Venture

Getting your Chariton business the capital it needs to succeed is not an easy task. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as SBIR Funding.

For Chariton entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, check out our List of Iowa Angel Investors and our List of Iowa Venture Capital Firms.

Letting the World Know You Exist

Whether your goal is to attract Chariton customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Advertising Campaigns discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

Successful entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

Given that you are starting a business in Chariton, Iowa, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Iowa universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Chariton entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Never Give Up

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Chariton and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Chariton, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Chariton, Iowa

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

  • Resources for Chariton, Iowa Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Chariton 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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