August 6, 2020  
 
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Start a Business in Alexandria, Indiana

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

Choosing the Right Company to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Evaluating Your Idea.

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 Starting an Animals Transport Service guide or our How to Start a Specialty Cases Business guide.

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

Alexandria, Indiana Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 4032
5-9 Employees 1548
10-19 Employees 1044
20-49 Employees 468
50-99 Employees 216
100-249 Employees 72
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Alexandria Businesses 7380

As a new Alexandria entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Alexandria 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
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 2
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 1
Car Washes 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Child Day Care Services 2
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Convenience Stores 2
Discount Department Stores 1
Display Advertising 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Electrical Contractors 2
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Engineering Services 1
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 3
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 2
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 3
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 1
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Hardware Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 5
Janitorial Services 1
Jewelry Stores 2
Landscaping Services 9
Limited-Service Restaurants 6
Logging 1
Machine Shops 2
Mail-Order Houses 1
Men's Clothing Stores 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 2
Motion Picture and Video Production 1
Music Publishers 1
New Car Dealers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 1
Offices of Optometrists 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 1
Residential Remodelers 4
Securities Brokerage 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 2
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Sound Recording Studios 1
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Tax Preparation Services 2
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1

What About Buying an Existing Alexandria Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Indiana. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Alexandria.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: How to Buy a Business.

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.

We strongly advocate that you make sure the ".com" domain name is available for your company name. Every business needs a strong Web presence these days, and having a non ".com" domain means somebody else may outrank you in the search results for your own company name.

To get up to speed on what makes for a good company name, we encourage you to read this useful article: Naming a Business.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are starting a business in Alexandria, it's critical that you ensure that no Indiana company has already registered the company name you have selected.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

Having a business plan is vital to the health of your new business. In effect, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Failure to write a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Free Business Plan Templates. You should also take advantage of free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Indiana.

Selling Tips

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

The key to selling is to set sales goals goals and monitor your progress towards those goals. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Good Sales Strategies is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

Good business owners recognize that they don't know everything.

With your business being located in Alexandria, Indiana, you should investigate some of the many programs available at nearby Indiana universities, colleges and community colleges. Another way to keep up on your learning is to investigate Alexandria networking organizations.

What's Next?

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

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

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Alexandria, Indiana

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

 

 

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