Illinois Business Startup Guides
Opening a Business in Decatur, Illinois
Contemplating starting a business in Decatur, Illinois? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Decatur.
What Business Are You Starting?
An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. We recommend that you read Finding Your Niche in Life.
For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Opening a Fencing Instruction Business guide or our Starting a Sewer Line Inspection & Maintenance Business guide.
Remember that you are starting a business in Decatur. Some businesses will do better in Decatur than others. Only by spending some time analyzing Decatur demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.
Decatur, Illinois Demographic Information
Decatur has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Decatur demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Decatur.
As a new Decatur entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Decatur 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.
What About Buying an Existing Decatur Business?
We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Illinois. Follow that link and you can assess several good businesses for sale in Decatur.
Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: How to Buy a Business.
Getting Money to Start a Business
Getting your Decatur business the capital it needs to succeed is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. To obtain business financing, you will need to hear a lot of rejections before you finally find a funding solution that works for you.
To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as 504 Loans.
Marketing Your New Startup
To grow your Decatur business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.
We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Newspaper Advertising Costs is a good read to get your marketing creativity flowing. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.
The Art of Selling
Being able to sell is a key enabler to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Decatur or are selling to customers throughout Illinois, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.
Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.
Now It's Up To You
You have a dream -- starting a business in Decatur. 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 Decatur 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 Decatur, Illinois
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Decatur.
- Resources for Decatur, Illinois Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Decatur entrepreneurs.
- Illinois Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Illinois.
- Illinois Small Business Development Center - Illinois Small Business Development Centers located throughout the state provide assistance to new and existing small businesses.
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