August 3, 2020  
 
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Starting a Business in Bridge City, Texas

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

Which Business to Choose?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Good Business Ideas.

If you still are not sure what type of business to start, peruse the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start a Christ's Church Church guide or our How to Start a Meat Cutting Service guide.

Always keep in mind that you are opening your new business in Bridge City. Some businesses will do better in Bridge City than others. Study Bridge City demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Bridge City, Texas Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 558
5-9 Employees 174
10-19 Employees 108
20-49 Employees 90
50-99 Employees 12
100-249 Employees 12
250-499 Employees 6
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Bridge City Businesses 960

As a new Bridge City entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Bridge City 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
Amusement Arcades 1
Architectural Services 1
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 3
Business Associations 1
Child Day Care Services 2
Commercial Screen Printing 1
Convenience Stores 1
Credit Unions 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 2
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 4
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Engineering Services 2
Family Clothing Stores 1
Fine Arts Schools 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Florists 2
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 1
Full-Service Restaurants 2
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Home Centers 1
Home Health Care Services 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 3
Internet Service Providers 1
Investment Advice 1
Landscaping Services 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 9
Machine Shops 1
Navigational Services to Shipping 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Lawyers 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Ship Building and Repairing 2
Sign Manufacturing 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 4
Software Publishers 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Tire Dealers 1
Used Car Dealers 3
Veterinary Services 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 1

Is Franchising a Better Option?

Browse the Yellow Pages for Bridge City and it becomes clear that purchasing a franchise is a common way to get started as an entrepreneur. Would going with a franchise be a good idea for you?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to look into purchasing a franchise. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Multi-Unit Franchising. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Representative franchise opportunities include Soccer Shots and Medsonix Inc.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Fitness Franchises and Mail and Shipping Services Franchises.

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

Is Buying an Existing Bridge City Business a Good Strategy?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Texas. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Bridge City.

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

Naming the Company

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

Pick a company name that isn't too generic. If you do a search engine search for your proposed name and a billion results come up, you may want to reconsider the name. It's much easier to come up in the search engines when your name is fairly unique.

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

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Bridge City, it's imperative that you check now that no other Texas company is using the business name you want to use.

Marketing Your New Company

Whether your goal is to attract Bridge City customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Exhibiting at Tradeshows discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Bring in Revenues

Mastering the art of selling is a must if you want your new Bridge City business to do well.

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.

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

Moving Forward

Most new Bridge City businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Bridge City 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.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Bridge City, Texas

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