August 25, 2014  
 
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Open a Business in Clearwater, Florida

Need help starting a business in Clearwater, Florida? We've got the information you need to open a business in Clearwater.

Clearwater, Florida Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 60615
5-9 Employees 17550
10-19 Employees 11545
20-49 Employees 8670
50-99 Employees 3285
100-249 Employees 2370
250-499 Employees 390
500-999 Employees 105
1000+ Employees 105
All Clearwater Businesses 104635

As a new Clearwater entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Clearwater 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
Adhesive Manufacturing 1
Advertising Agencies 23
Air and Gas Compressor Manufacturing 1
Aluminum Die-Casting Foundries 1
Aluminum Extruded Product Manufacturing 1
Ambulance Services 2
Amusement Arcades 2
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 7
Architectural Services 30
Armored Car Services 2
Art Dealers 5
Automobile Driving Schools 4
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 5
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 31
Automotive Transmission Repair 4
Baked Goods Stores 4
Barber Shops 1
Beauty Salons 75
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 12
Blood and Organ Banks 3
Boat Building 3
Boat Dealers 11
Book Publishers 2
Book Stores 6
Books Printing 1
Bowling Centers 1
Broadwoven Fabric Mills 1
Building Inspection Services 7
Business and Secretarial Schools 1
Business Associations 10
Cafeterias 5
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 2
Canvas and Related Product Mills 3
Car Washes 17
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 7
Caterers 6
Cemeteries and Crematories 3
Child and Youth Services 9
Child Day Care Services 50
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 5
Civic and Social Organizations 10
Claims Adjusting 2
Clothing Accessories Stores 4
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 4
Collection Agencies 8
Commercial Bakeries 3
Commercial Flexographic Printing 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 14
Commercial Photography 2
Commercial Screen Printing 8
Commodity Contracts Brokerage 1
Commodity Contracts Dealing 2
Community Food Services 4
Computer and Software Stores 23
Computer Facilities Management Services 3
Computer Systems Design Services 40
Computer Training 7
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 3
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 2
Consumer Lending 14
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 8
Convenience Stores 19
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 4
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 1
Couriers 8
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 12
Credit Card Issuing 1
Credit Unions 12
Curtain and Drapery Mills 2
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 69
Custom Roll Forming 1
Dental Laboratories 7
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 8
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 5
Digital Printing 3
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 4
Direct Mail Advertising 13
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 21
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 3
Discount Department Stores 5
Display Advertising 4
Document Preparation Services 7
Doll and Stuffed Toy Manufacturing 1
Drafting Services 5
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 31
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 26
Educational Support Services 4
Electrical Contractors 50
Electronic Shopping 12
Elementary and Secondary Schools 17
Emergency and Other Relief Services 3
Employment Placement Agencies 13
Engineering Services 45
Environmental Consulting Services 11
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 3
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 22
Facilities Support Services 3
Family Clothing Stores 25
Family Planning Centers 4
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 7
Fine Arts Schools 8
Finfish Fishing 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 39
Fish and Seafood Markets 1
Fish and Seafood Merchant Wholesalers 3
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 21
Flight Training 3
Floor Covering Stores 19
Flooring Contractors 11
Florists 17
Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 19
Food Service Contractors 12
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 1
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 5
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 6
Framing Contractors 6
Freight Transportation Arrangement 4
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 4
Full-Service Restaurants 151
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 10
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 7
Furniture Stores 28
General Automotive Repair 78
General Freight Trucking, Local 5
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 4
General Warehousing and Storage 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 31
Glass and Glazing Contractors 3
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 6
Grantmaking Foundations 6
Graphic Design Services 19
Hardware Manufacturing 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 7
Hardware Stores 5
Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 10
Home Centers 7
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 9
Home Health Care Services 25
Home Health Equipment Rental 3
Homes for the Elderly 18
Household Appliance Stores 7
Human Rights Organizations 1
Industrial Building Construction 1
Industrial Design Services 5
Industrial Launderers 2
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 5
Industrial Valve Manufacturing 1
Institutional Furniture Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 167
Interior Design Services 19
International Trade Financing 1
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 3
Internet Service Providers 9
Investigation Services 9
Investment Advice 44
Iron Foundries 2
Janitorial Services 49
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 2
Jewelry Stores 40
Junior Colleges 2
Kidney Dialysis Centers 2
Land Subdivision 12
Landscape Architectural Services 4
Landscaping Services 80
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 29
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 116
Limousine Service 4
Linen Supply 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 4
Locksmiths 7
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 1
Machine Shops 35
Mail-Order Houses 14
Manifold Business Forms Printing 1
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 7
Marinas 2
Marketing Consulting Services 49
Marking Device Manufacturing 1
Masonry Contractors 6
Mattress Manufacturing 1
Meat Markets 5
Media Buying Agencies 3
Media Representatives 5
Medical Laboratories 3
Men's Clothing Stores 5
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 1
Mineral Wool Manufacturing 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 4
Mobile Food Services 4
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 36
Motion Picture and Video Production 10
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 8
Motorcycle Dealers 7
Museums 2
Musical Groups and Artists 4
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 6
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 1
Nail Salons 5
Natural Gas Liquid Extraction 1
New Car Dealers 26
New Housing Operative Builders 17
News Dealers and Newsstands 2
News Syndicates 1
Newspaper Publishers 2
Nonresidential Property Managers 14
Nursing Care Facilities 14
Office Administrative Services 34
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 9
Office Machinery Manufacturing 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 11
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 73
Offices of Chiropractors 37
Offices of Dentists 96
Offices of Lawyers 248
Offices of Optometrists 19
Offices of Other Holding Companies 9
Offices of Podiatrists 9
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 24
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 5
Optical Goods Stores 11
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 2
Packaging and Labeling Services 3
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 3
Packing and Crating 1
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 4
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 9
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 46
Parking Lots and Garages 3
Passenger Car Rental 14
Payroll Services 9
Pen and Mechanical Pencil Manufacturing 1
Periodical Publishers 26
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 2
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 11
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 6
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 30
Photography Studios, Portrait 18
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 3
Political Organizations 1
Portfolio Management 14
Poultry Processing 1
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 3
Prepress Services 3
Private Mail Centers 4
Professional Employer Organizations 14
Professional Organizations 5
Public Relations Agencies 4
Quick Printing 10
Racetracks 1
Radio Networks 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 48
Real Estate Investment Trusts 5
Recreational Goods Rental 2
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 5
Residential Property Managers 29
Residential Remodelers 45
Retail Bakeries 3
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 8
Roofing Contractors 15
Rooming and Boarding Houses 2
Sales Financing 9
Savings Institutions 11
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 1
Secondary Market Financing 1
Securities Brokerage 36
Security Guards and Patrol Services 3
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Sheer Hosiery Mills 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 10
Shoe Stores 24
Siding Contractors 3
Sign Manufacturing 8
Site Preparation Contractors 16
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 23
Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing 1
Software Publishers 16
Solid Waste Collection 7
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Sound Recording Studios 3
Special Needs Transportation 3
Spice and Extract Manufacturing 1
Sporting Goods Stores 26
Sports and Recreation Instruction 9
Sports Teams and Clubs 2
Tax Preparation Services 16
Taxi Service 2
Telecommunications Resellers 5
Telemarketing Bureaus 15
Telephone Answering Services 3
Telephone Apparatus Manufacturing 1
Television Broadcasting 1
Temporary Help Services 38
Temporary Shelters 3
Testing Laboratories 7
Textile Bag Mills 1
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 2
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 15
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 2
Tire Dealers 20
Tire Retreading 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 21
Tobacco Stores 5
Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 1
Tour Operators 4
Translation and Interpretation Services 3
Travel Agencies 18
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 2
Truck Trailer Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 28
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 7
Used Merchandise Stores 18
Vending Machine Operators 7
Veterinary Services 27
Video Tape and Disc Rental 5
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 5
Voluntary Health Organizations 2
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 2
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Web Search Portals 4
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 51
Window Treatment Stores 4
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 24
Women's Clothing Stores 23
Wood Preservation 1
Yarn Spinning Mills 1

Should You Franchise?

Visit the business district of Clearwater and it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. Evidently, there must be some significant advantages to purchasing a franchise.

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Franchise Due Diligence. 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 Mr. Payroll and 2 Scoops Cafe. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Carpet Care Franchises and Leisure and Entertainment Franchises.

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

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Clearwater Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Florida. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Clearwater.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: Buying a Business.

The Role of the Business Plan

Having a business plan is vital in laying a solid foundation for your business success. In effect, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Starting a business without a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You should also take advantage of face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Florida.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Getting your Clearwater business the capital it needs to succeed requires strong organization skills and perseverance. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Realistic Debt Financing Options.

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

Promoting Your New Company

Whether your goal is to attract Clearwater customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a great marketing plan.

We have some useful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Pros and Cons of Advertising is an article that will generate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

Good entrepreneurs know that they need to continually improve.

With your business being located in Clearwater, Florida, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Florida universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also beneficial to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Clearwater entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Moving Forward

As an entrepreneur in Clearwater, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

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

We are here to help Clearwater businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Clearwater 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 Clearwater, Florida

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

  • Resources for Clearwater, Florida Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Clearwater entrepreneurs.
  • Florida Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Florida.
  • Florida Small Business Development Center - The Florida Small Business Development Center Network (FSBDCN) is a statewide economic development partnership between higher education and other stakeholder organizations dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and established businesses with the assistance needed to start, grow and succeed, contributing to the Florida economy.
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