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Opening a Business in Brunswick, Maine
Contemplating starting a business in Brunswick, Maine? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Brunswick.
Do You Have What It Takes?
Being an entrepreneur is demanding, much harder than working as an employee. Are you sure you are ready to take on this challenge?
Here are three things we recommend you do before you fully commit to starting a new business of your own.
- Talk to other entrepreneurs in Brunswick. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
- We recommend reading Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
- Have a candid conversation with friends and family. A support network of family and friends can be a great sounding board for good advice before you decide for sure to go into business.
Brunswick, Maine Demographic Information
Brunswick has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Brunswick demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Brunswick.
As a new Brunswick entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Brunswick 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.
Is Franchising a Better Option?
As you drive around Brunswick, it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. But is franchising the right option for you?
We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Credit and Franchise Purchasing. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.
To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.
Sample franchise opportunities include 4 Pillars Consulting Group and Hunting Lease Network. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Environmental Testing Franchises and IT Franchises.
Note on Brunswick Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Brunswick.
Selecting a Name For Your Business
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.
Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Naming a Business.
There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are starting a business in Brunswick, it's critical that you ensure that no other Maine company is using the business name you want to use.
Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan
A business plan is vital to the health of your new business. In effect, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.
To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You should also take advantage of free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Maine.
Startup Financing Basics
Getting your Brunswick business the capital it needs to succeed is a difficult chore. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.
Take advantage of our many articles on finding startup capital, such as Bank Credit Lines.
For Brunswick entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, check out our List of Maine Angel Investors and our List of Maine Venture Capital Firms.
Now It's Up To You
As an entrepreneur in Brunswick, 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.
This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Brunswick and elsewhere to achieve real success. 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 Brunswick, Maine
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Brunswick.
- Resources for Brunswick, Maine Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Brunswick entrepreneurs.
- Maine Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Maine.
- Maine Small Business Development Center - Maine Small Business Development Centers and its technology-focused group, the Maine Small Business & Technology Development Centers, provide comprehensive business management assistance, training, resource and information services to Maine's entrepreneurs and small business owners.
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