October 23, 2019  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Iowa Entrepreneurs  
  Manson, Iowa Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Manson, Iowa

Contemplating starting a business in Manson, Iowa? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Manson.

Do You Have Entrepreneurial Drive and Passion?

Most startup ventures don't make it, in part because the founder 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.

To determine whether you have what it takes to run a business, we recommend these three steps to help you decide:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Manson. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • We recommend reading Why Small Businesses Fail. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Get feedback from somebody whom you trust. 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.

Manson, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 129
5-9 Employees 48
10-19 Employees 24
20-49 Employees 6
50-99 Employees 6
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Manson Businesses 213

As a new Manson entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Manson 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
Beauty Salons 1
Bowling Centers 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Community Food Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Electrical Contractors 1
Family Clothing Stores 1
Florists 1
Full-Service Restaurants 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 1
Marketing Consulting Services 1
New Car Dealers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Dentists 1
Offices of Lawyers 1
Offices of Optometrists 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Veterinary Services 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1

Should You Franchise?

As you drive around Manson, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as The Franchising Process. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

You can find franchise opportunities by browsing our Franchise Opportunities Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Zoup! and Checkcare Systems Inc.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Restaurant Franchises and Modeling Franchises.

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

Naming the Company

A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.

Companies like Starbucks, Apple, Target, Microsoft and Intuit all have strong company names that are easy to remember and have become well-loved brands. Wouldn't it be nice if your new company name got on a similar track?

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

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Manson, it's imperative that you check now that your company name has not already been claimed by another Iowa business.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

A business plan is critical to the health of your new business. Indeed, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read The Art of the Executive Summary. A great resource for business planning assistance is the face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Raising money to fund your new Manson business is a difficult chore. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising capital, such as 504 Loans.

For Manson entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, check out our List of Iowa Angel Investors and our List of Iowa Venture Capital Firms.

Letting the World Know You Exist

To rise above the crowd in Manson and accelerate your business, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your succeeding.

You can learn a ton about marketing on our site. Six Tips for Getting Customer Testimonials 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 taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Now It's Up To You

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

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

We are here to help Manson businesses to be successful. We have a wealth of experience in business start-ups, financing, marketing, sales and more...and we've made all of our knowledge available to you.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Manson, Iowa

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

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