January 26, 2021  
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  Beardstown, Illinois Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Beardstown, Illinois

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

What Business to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. We recommend that you read Free 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 How to Start a Lighting Engineers Business guide or our Starting a Tennis Court Surfacing Materials Business guide.

Always keep in mind that you are starting a business in Beardstown. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Beardstown. Only by spending some time analyzing Beardstown demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Beardstown, Illinois Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 255
5-9 Employees 90
10-19 Employees 60
20-49 Employees 54
50-99 Employees 21
100-249 Employees 6
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 3
All Beardstown Businesses 489

As a new Beardstown entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Beardstown 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
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 2
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Boat Dealers 1
Business Associations 1
Car Washes 3
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Community Food Services 1
Commuter Rail Systems 1
Consumer Lending 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 5
Electric Power Distribution 2
Electrical Contractors 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Florists 2
Food Service Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 8
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 3
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Glove and Mitten Manufacturing 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Stores 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 4
Landscaping Services 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 7
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Marinas 1
Masonry Contractors 1
Navigational Services to Shipping 1
New Car Dealers 2
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 2
Offices of Optometrists 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Quick Printing 1
Radio Stations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Savings Institutions 1
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Tax Preparation Services 2
Tire Dealers 1
Tobacco Stores 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

As you drive around Beardstown, you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. But is franchising the right option for you?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as Franchising My Business. 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.

Sample franchise opportunities include Glamour Secrets and Mailboxes Etc.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Juice Bar Franchises / Smoothie Franchises and Pizza Franchises.

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

Where to Get Money to Start a Company

Finding the funds to fuel the growth of your Beardstown business is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. To obtain business financing, you will need to hear a lot of rejections before you finally find a funding solution that works for you.

Take advantage of our many articles on securing funding, such as 504 Loans.

For Beardstown entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, check out our List of Illinois Angel Investors and our List of Illinois Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Business

Whether your goal is to attract Beardstown customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a solid marketing plan.

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Local Search is a good read to get your marketing ideas flowing. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Building Up Your Sales

Being able to sell is essential to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Beardstown or are selling to customers throughout Illinois, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Cold Call Selling is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

Now It's Up To You

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

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Beardstown and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Beardstown, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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