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Start a Business in Ashland, Missouri

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

Is Becoming an Entrepreneur Right for You?

An entrepreneurial life is demanding, much harder than working as an employee. Are you positive you have the stamina and skills to succeed on your own?

Because entrepreneurship is not for everyone, we recommend you do the following to help you assess whether you should move forward with starting a business:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Ashland. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Why Small Businesses Fail. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Get feedback from somebody whom you trust. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

Choosing the Right Company to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at 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 Opening a Group Practice Psychologists Business guide or our How to Start a Siding Refinishing & Repair Business guide.

Don't forget that your new business will be in Ashland. Some businesses will do better in Ashland than others. Only by spending some time analyzing Ashland demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Ashland, Missouri Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size
# of
1-4 Employees
5-9 Employees
10-19 Employees
20-49 Employees
50-99 Employees
100-249 Employees
250-499 Employees
500-999 Employees
1000+ Employees
All Ashland Businesses

As a new Ashland entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Ashland 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
Appliance Repair and Maintenance
Child Day Care Services
Civic and Social Organizations
Custom Computer Programming Services
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
Electrical Contractors
Employment Placement Agencies
Food Service Contractors
Framing Contractors
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
General Automotive Repair
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores
Graphic Design Services
Home Health Care Services
Janitorial Services
Landscaping Services
Limited-Service Restaurants
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores
New Housing Operative Builders
Newspaper Publishers
Offices of Certified Public Accountants
Offices of Chiropractors
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Lawyers
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
Payroll Services
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Securities Brokerage
Site Preparation Contractors
Special Needs Transportation
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors
Veterinary Services
Video Tape and Disc Rental
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

As you drive around Ashland, 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 investigate buying a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Protecting Your Franchise Territory. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Representative franchise opportunities include Planet Popolicious Franchises and East of Chicago Pizza Company. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Health and Diet Franchises and Ice Cream Franchises.

Note on Ashland Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Ashland, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Ashland Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Missouri. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Ashland.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: How to Buy a Business.

Where to Get Money to Start a Company

Obtaining startup financing for your Ashland business requires strong organization skills and perseverance. To obtain business financing, you will need to hear a lot of rejections before you finally find a funding solution that works for you.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Getting a Small Business Loan.

For Ashland entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, check out our List of Missouri Angel Investors and our List of Missouri Venture Capital Firms.

Moving Forward

As an entrepreneur in Ashland, 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.

We are here to help Ashland 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.

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