February 15, 2019  
 
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Start a Business in Sheffield, Iowa

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

What Business Are You Starting?

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? We recommend that you read Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

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 How to Start a Freight Forwarding Business guide or our How to Start a Railroad Ticket Agencies Business guide.

Don't forget that you are opening your new business in Sheffield. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Sheffield. Only by spending some time analyzing Sheffield demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Sheffield, Iowa Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 300
5-9 Employees 105
10-19 Employees 105
20-49 Employees 45
50-99 Employees 15
100-249 Employees 15
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Sheffield Businesses 585

As a new Sheffield entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Sheffield 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
Beauty Salons 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Electrical Contractors 2
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Full-Service Restaurants 1
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 1
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 1
Land Subdivision 1
Landscaping Services 1
Machine Shops 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Veterinary Services 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Sheffield Business?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Iowa. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Sheffield.

If you are going to be buying a business, you may want to read this article: Buying a Business.

Naming the Business

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

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?

Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Naming a Business.

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

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

A business plan is critical in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Simply put, 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 Expert Advice on Business Plans. A great resource for business planning assistance is the face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Iowa.

Where to Get Money to Start a Company

Raising money to fund your new Sheffield business will be harder than you might expect. To obtain business financing, you will need to hear a lot of rejections before you finally find a funding solution that works for you.

Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Business Line of Credit.

For Sheffield entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, browse our List of Iowa Angel Investors and our List of Iowa Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Sheffield business, you need a excellent marketing plan.

We have some great resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Marketing Versus Sales 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.

What's Next?

Most new Sheffield 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 Sheffield businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Sheffield 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 Sheffield, Iowa

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

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