August 21, 2019  
 
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Start a Business in Mount Pleasant, Iowa

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Before quitting your day job, assess your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

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

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in Mount Pleasant. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • You should read Business Failure. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Involve a spouse, family member or trusted friend in the decision. 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 Are You Starting?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading 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 Sewage Treatment Equipment & Supplies Business guide or our Opening a Tractors Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide.

Remember that you are starting a business in Mount Pleasant. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Mount Pleasant. Don't forget to review Mount Pleasant demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

Mount Pleasant, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 5730
5-9 Employees 2640
10-19 Employees 1260
20-49 Employees 1230
50-99 Employees 180
100-249 Employees 300
250-499 Employees 120
500-999 Employees 90
1000+ Employees 30
All Mount Pleasant Businesses 11580

As a new Mount Pleasant entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Mount Pleasant 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
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Beauty Salons 5
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 2
Cafeterias 2
Car Washes 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Child Day Care Services 5
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Claims Adjusting 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 1
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Couriers 1
Credit Unions 2
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Direct Mail Advertising 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 4
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 2
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Employment Placement Agencies 1
Engineering Services 1
Envelope Manufacturing 1
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Family Planning Centers 1
Farm Management Services 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 3
Finish Carpentry Contractors 2
Florists 3
Food Service Contractors 2
Framing Contractors 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 1
Full-Service Restaurants 15
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 4
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 8
General Freight Trucking, Local 3
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 2
Hardware Stores 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 2
Homes for the Elderly 2
Household Appliance Stores 2
Industrial Building Construction 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 13
Janitorial Services 6
Jewelry Stores 2
Landscaping Services 3
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 8
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Marketing Consulting Services 1
Masonry Contractors 2
Mobile Food Services 1
Motion Picture and Video Production 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Motorcycle Dealers 1
New Car Dealers 3
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 2
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 5
Offices of Lawyers 7
Offices of Optometrists 2
Offices of Podiatrists 2
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Paperboard Mills 1
Payroll Services 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 3
Photography Studios, Portrait 2
Poultry Processing 1
Quick Printing 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 2
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Residential Property Managers 1
Savings Institutions 1
Sawmills 2
Securities Brokerage 6
Shoe Stores 1
Sign Manufacturing 2
Silverware and Hollowware Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 2
Solid Waste Collection 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Temporary Help Services 3
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire Dealers 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Travel Agencies 2
Used Car Dealers 2
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Veterinary Services 4
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

Should You Franchise?

As you drive around Mount Pleasant, you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Is there a franchise opportunity out there that makes sense for you?

We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as The Disadvantages of Franchise Ownership. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include Baymont Inns and ERA Franchise Systems, Inc.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Employment and Staffing Franchises and Auto Repair Franchises.

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

Forming a Company in Mount Pleasant, Iowa

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

When forming a company, you will decide among many company types, such as a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporating is a very popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in Iowa, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Iowa. In fact, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

There are many nuances to forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Nevada Incorporation. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, our web page covering Incorporating in Iowa may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Iowa.

Marketing Your New Business

To grow your Mount Pleasant business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Technology Marketing is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

The best business owners recognize that they don't know everything.

With your business being located in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, you should investigate some of the many programs available at nearby Iowa universities, colleges and community colleges. You should also check if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Mount Pleasant entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Next Steps

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

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

We are here to help Mount Pleasant businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Mount Pleasant, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Mount Pleasant, Iowa

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

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