Illinois Business Startup Guides
Open a Business in Des Plaines, Illinois
Need help starting a business in Des Plaines, Illinois? We've got the information you need to open a business in Des Plaines.
What Business to Start
Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Free Business Ideas.
For in-depth how-to guides on how to start specific businesses, browse our Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Starting a Custom Home Builders Business guide or our Starting a Fiberglass & Plastic Tanks Business guide.
Don't forget that you are opening your new business in Des Plaines. Some businesses will do better in Des Plaines than others. Study Des Plaines demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.
Des Plaines, Illinois Demographic Information
Des Plaines has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Des Plaines demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Des Plaines.
As a new Des Plaines entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Des Plaines 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 Des Plaines, you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. But is franchising the right option for you?
Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. To help you learn more about franchising, we've gathered a ton of articles on franchising, including Franchising Mistakes. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.
To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.
Sample franchise opportunities include American Home Inspectors and Dale & Thomas Popcorn. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Health and Beauty Franchises and Leisure and Entertainment Franchises.
Note on Des Plaines Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Des Plaines.
Naming the Business
A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.
Company names should be fun to say, and they should help people to understand what you do and how you differentiate yourself in the market.
For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Branding Advice.
There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Des Plaines, it's very important that you make sure no other Illinois company is using the business name you want to use.
Startup Financing Basics
Getting your Des Plaines business the capital it needs to succeed will be harder than you might expect. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.
Take advantage of our many articles on securing funding, such as Attracting Investors.
Marketing Your New Business
To rise above the crowd in Des Plaines and build your business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.
There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Introduction to Advertising is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.
Now It's Up To You
You have a dream -- starting a business in Des Plaines. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.
From this point on, you control your own destiny.
This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Des Plaines 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 Des Plaines, Illinois
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Des Plaines.
- Resources for Des Plaines, Illinois Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Des Plaines 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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