June 21, 2018  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Texas Entrepreneurs  
  Tyler, Texas Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Tyler, Texas

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

Are You Ready for Life as an Owner?

An entrepreneurial life is demanding, much more challenging than working as an employee. Are you positive you want to go into business for yourself?

With so much at stake when you start a business, we strongly recommend you do the following before you proceed:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Tyler. Listen closely to their experiences and see if you think you too can be successful.
  • We recommend reading Why Small Businesses Fail. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Get feedback from somebody whom you trust. 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 Business to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Good Business Ideas.

For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Starting a Small Appliance Dealers Business guide or our Opening a Stucco & Exterior Coating Contractors Business guide.

Always keep in mind that you are starting a business in Tyler. Some businesses will do better in Tyler than others. A critical consideration is whether Tyler demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Tyler, Texas Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 12890
5-9 Employees 5220
10-19 Employees 3682
20-49 Employees 2760
50-99 Employees 804
100-249 Employees 516
250-499 Employees 84
500-999 Employees 42
1000+ Employees 48
All Tyler Businesses 26046

As a new Tyler entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Tyler 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
Adhesive Manufacturing 1
Advertising Agencies 7
Air and Gas Compressor Manufacturing 1
Air Traffic Control 1
Ambulance Services 3
Amusement Arcades 6
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 5
Architectural Services 13
Armored Car Services 2
Art Dealers 2
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 8
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 24
Automotive Transmission Repair 7
Baked Goods Stores 2
Barber Shops 4
Beauty Salons 25
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Blood and Organ Banks 4
Boat Dealers 2
Book Publishers 1
Book Stores 5
Books Printing 1
Bottled Water Manufacturing 1
Bowling Centers 1
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 1
Building Inspection Services 1
Business Associations 10
Cable and Other Program Distribution 8
Cafeterias 7
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 1
Car Washes 9
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 5
Caterers 2
Cemeteries and Crematories 4
Charter Bus Industry 1
Child and Youth Services 4
Child Day Care Services 35
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 5
Civic and Social Organizations 23
Claims Adjusting 7
Clothing Accessories Stores 6
Coffee and Tea Manufacturing 2
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 3
Collection Agencies 3
Commercial Bakeries 2
Commercial Flexographic Printing 2
Commercial Lithographic Printing 6
Commercial Photography 1
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Community Food Services 5
Computer and Software Stores 9
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Computer Systems Design Services 8
Computer Training 2
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 1
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 4
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 2
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 1
Consumer Lending 23
Convenience Stores 19
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 1
Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing 1
Couriers 9
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 4
Credit Bureaus 1
Credit Unions 15
Custom Computer Programming Services 12
Dental Laboratories 5
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 9
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 2
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 7
Direct Mail Advertising 2
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 3
Directory and Mailing List Publishers 2
Discount Department Stores 3
Display Advertising 2
Document Preparation Services 4
Drafting Services 2
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 7
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 5
Drive-In Motion Picture Theaters 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 11
Educational Support Services 1
Electric Power Distribution 3
Electrical Contractors 32
Electronic Auctions 1
Electronic Shopping 3
Elementary and Secondary Schools 4
Emergency and Other Relief Services 2
Employment Placement Agencies 7
Engineering Services 47
Environmental Consulting Services 3
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 4
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 8
Facilities Support Services 6
Family Clothing Stores 18
Family Planning Centers 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 6
Fine Arts Schools 8
Finish Carpentry Contractors 6
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 12
Floor Covering Stores 7
Flooring Contractors 2
Florists 12
Fluid Milk Manufacturing 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 6
Food Service Contractors 6
Footwear and Leather Goods Repair 2
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 3
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 3
Freight Transportation Arrangement 6
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 83
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 6
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 2
Furniture Stores 23
General Automotive Repair 34
General Freight Trucking, Local 5
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4
General Rental Centers 4
General Warehousing and Storage 7
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 15
Glass and Glazing Contractors 3
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 4
Grantmaking Foundations 7
Graphic Design Services 2
Hardware Manufacturing 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 3
Hardware Stores 5
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 5
Home Centers 3
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Home Health Care Services 30
Home Health Equipment Rental 7
Homes for the Elderly 10
Household Appliance Stores 2
Human Rights Organizations 5
Ice Manufacturing 1
Industrial Building Construction 2
Industrial Design Services 1
Industrial Gas Manufacturing 1
Industrial Launderers 5
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 1
Industrial Sand Mining 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 106
Interior Design Services 5
International Trade Financing 1
Internet Service Providers 2
Investigation Services 3
Investment Advice 10
Iron and Steel Forging 1
Iron and Steel Mills 1
Iron Foundries 1
Janitorial Services 28
Jewelry Stores 21
Kidney Dialysis Centers 3
Land Subdivision 11
Landscape Architectural Services 2
Landscaping Services 38
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 3
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 123
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 1
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 3
Locksmiths 2
Machine Shops 11
Mail-Order Houses 6
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 10
Marinas 1
Marketing Consulting Services 5
Masonry Contractors 8
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Meat Markets 2
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Medical Laboratories 9
Men's Clothing Stores 8
Metal Heat Treating 1
Metal Stamping 1
Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 1
Mineral Wool Manufacturing 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 16
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 6
Motion Picture and Video Production 2
Motor and Generator Manufacturing 2
Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 7
Motorcycle Dealers 5
Museums 4
Musical Groups and Artists 2
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 2
Nail Salons 4
Natural Gas Liquid Extraction 2
New Car Dealers 17
New Housing Operative Builders 4
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonclay Refractory Manufacturing 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 13
Nonwoven Fabric Mills 1
Nursing Care Facilities 7
Office Administrative Services 19
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 8
Office Machinery Manufacturing 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 9
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 30
Offices of Chiropractors 23
Offices of Dentists 64
Offices of Lawyers 155
Offices of Optometrists 10
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Offices of Podiatrists 5
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 9
One-Hour Photofinishing 3
Open-End Investment Funds 1
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1
Optical Goods Stores 12
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 3
Paging 3
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 7
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 7
Paper (except Newsprint) Mills 1
Parking Lots and Garages 2
Passenger Car Rental 7
Payroll Services 2
Periodical Publishers 3
Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 3
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 2
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 5
Petroleum Refineries 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 20
Photography Studios, Portrait 11
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1
Plastics Bag Manufacturing 1
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 1
Political Organizations 3
Portfolio Management 5
Prepress Services 1
Private Mail Centers 5
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Professional Organizations 7
Quick Printing 7
Radio Stations 9
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 5
Real Estate Credit 14
Real Estate Investment Trusts 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Reinsurance Carriers 1
Remediation Services 1
Repossession Services 2
Residential Property Managers 10
Residential Remodelers 19
Retail Bakeries 3
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 3
Roofing Contractors 9
Sales Financing 3
Savings Institutions 6
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 3
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 26
Security Guards and Patrol Services 6
Septic Tank and Related Services 3
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 4
Shoe Stores 27
Siding Contractors 3
Sign Manufacturing 3
Site Preparation Contractors 10
Small Arms Manufacturing 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 14
Soft Drink Manufacturing 1
Software Publishers 8
Solid Waste Collection 5
Solid Waste Landfill 1
Sound Recording Studios 1
Special Needs Transportation 1
Sporting Goods Stores 14
Sports and Recreation Instruction 2
Spring (Light Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Steel Investment Foundries 1
Support Activities for Metal Mining 1
Tax Preparation Services 11
Taxi Service 1
Telemarketing Bureaus 2
Telephone Answering Services 5
Television Broadcasting 3
Temporary Help Services 27
Temporary Shelters 1
Testing Laboratories 6
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 2
Tire Dealers 19
Tire Manufacturing (except Retreading) 1
Tire Retreading 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 7
Tobacco Stores 1
Tradebinding and Related Work 1
Travel Agencies 2
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 23
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 7
Used Merchandise Stores 17
Vending Machine Operators 4
Veterinary Services 17
Video Tape and Disc Rental 7
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 6
Voluntary Health Organizations 7
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 2
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 4
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 22
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 15
Women's Clothing Stores 27
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1
Wood Preservation 1
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1
Zoos and Botanical Gardens 1

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

As you drive around Tyler, it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. But is franchising the right option for you?

Most business experts recommend that you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchising and Veterans. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include Action Coach and City Looks. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Cartridge Recycling Franchises and Handyman Services Franchises.

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

Ramping Up Sales

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new Tyler business, you need to focus on sales.

Good selling involves demonstrating that your wares meet your customer's needs. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Why Salespeople Fail offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

Good entrepreneurs know that they need to continually improve.

With your business being located in Tyler, Texas, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Texas universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any Tyler networking organizations.

Never Give Up

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

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

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Tyler and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Tyler, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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