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Starting a Business in Boston, New York

Thinking about starting a business in Boston, New York? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Boston.

What Business to Start

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Good Business Ideas.

To view an extensive list of business types, complete with startup instructions, spend some time in the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Starting a Dance Club guide or our Starting a Tatoo Parlor guide.

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

Boston, New York Demographic Information

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

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

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 Boston Businesses

As a new Boston entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Boston 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
Child Day Care Services
Convenience Stores
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
Finish Carpentry Contractors
Floor Covering Stores
Flooring Contractors
Full-Service Restaurants
General Automotive Repair
General Freight Trucking, Local
Glass and Glazing Contractors
Graphic Design Services
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Janitorial Services
Libraries and Archives
Limited-Service Restaurants
Machine Shops
Masonry Contractors
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing
New Car Dealers
Office Administrative Services
Offices of Chiropractors
Offices of Dentists
Optical Goods Stores
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services
Residential Property Managers
Residential Remodelers
Siding Contractors

Raising Capital for Your Venture

Getting your Boston business the capital it needs to succeed will be harder than you might expect. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.

Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Angel Investors.

For Boston entrepreneurs who want to raise money for a new venture, check out our List of New York Angel Investors and our List of New York Venture Capital Firms.

Promoting Your New Business

To grow your Boston business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Internet Advertising is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

The Art of Selling

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

Not knowing how to sell can result in lost customers and minimal market share. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Writing Great Proposals 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.

Increase Your Entrepreneurial Knowledge

The best business owners recognize that they need to continually improve.

With your business being located in Boston, New York, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby New York universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also smart to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Boston entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Moving Forward

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

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

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Boston and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Boston entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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