Montana Business Startup Guides
Starting a Business in Butte, Montana
Thinking about starting a business in Butte, Montana? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Butte.
Butte, Montana Demographic Information
Butte has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Butte demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Butte.
As a new Butte entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Butte 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 a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?
Browse the Yellow Pages for Butte and you'll conclude that many business owners have opted to buy a franchise, rather than starting a business on their own. So, it probably makes sense for you to consider franchising too.
Our advice is to look into purchasing a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchising My Business. 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.
Note on Butte Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Butte.
Have You Considered Buying an Existing Butte Business?
We've created a useful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Montana. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Butte.
For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Buying a Business.
Selecting a Name For Your Venture
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.
For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Business.
On a final note, given that you are starting a business in Butte, it's very important that you make sure no other Montana company is using the business name you want to use.
Make Sure You Have a Business Plan
Writing a business plan is vital to the health of your new business. In effect, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Failure to write a business plan will greatly reduce your chances of business success.
Learning More About Entrepreneurship
Good business owners know that they don't know everything.
Given that you are starting a business in Butte, Montana, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local Montana educational institutions. It's also wise to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Butte entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.
Never Give Up
You have a dream -- starting a business in Butte. 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.
We are here to help Butte businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Butte, neighborhood development and overall economic health.
More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Butte, Montana
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Butte.
- Resources for Butte, Montana Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Butte entrepreneurs.
- Montana Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Montana.
- Montana Small Business Development Center - The Montana Small Business Development Centers focus on the creation, retention and expansion of Montana small businesses.
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