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Start a Business in Carrollton, Alabama
Are you starting a business in Carrollton, Alabama? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Carrollton.
Will You Be a Good Entrepreneur?
Most new companies fail, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the tenacity and/or the skills to succeed. So, before jumping into the world of entrepreneurship, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.
While entrepreneurship has become a popular career choice, we recommend you do the following before you take the plunge:
- Talk to other entrepreneurs in Carrollton. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
- We recommend reading Why Small Businesses Fail. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
- Get feedback from somebody whom you trust. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.
What Business Are You Starting?
There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.
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 How to Start an Blank Audio & Videotapes Business guide or our Starting a Restaurant Management & Consultants Business guide.
Always keep in mind that your new business will be in Carrollton. Some businesses will do better in Carrollton than others. Only by spending some time analyzing Carrollton demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.
Carrollton, Alabama Demographic Information
Carrollton has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Carrollton demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Carrollton.
As a new Carrollton entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Carrollton 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?
As you drive around Carrollton, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?
Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Common Franchisee Mistakes. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.
To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.
Sample franchise opportunities include Puroclean and Amazon Café. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Travel and Leisure Franchises and Bath Remodeling Franchises.
Note on Carrollton Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Carrollton, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.
Naming the Company
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.
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.
Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Naming a Business.
As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are starting a business in Carrollton, it's imperative that you check now that no Alabama company has already registered the company name you have selected.
Where to Get Money to Start a Company
Obtaining startup financing for your Carrollton business is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.
Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Realistic Debt Financing Options.
For Carrollton entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, check out our List of Alabama Angel Investors and our List of Alabama Venture Capital Firms.
Most new Carrollton businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.
Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.
This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Carrollton and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Carrollton entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.
More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Carrollton, Alabama
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Carrollton.
- Resources for Carrollton, Alabama Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Carrollton entrepreneurs.
- Alabama Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Alabama.
- Alabama Small Business Development Center - Alabama's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) counsels and trains business people in a wide variety of business topics and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in many fields. Counseling is provided free of charge to all Alabama small business owners.
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