January 26, 2021  
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Opening a Business in Dobbs Ferry, New York

Contemplating starting a business in Dobbs Ferry, New York? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Dobbs Ferry.

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 Finding Your Niche in Life.

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 How to Start a Sexual Harassment Attorneys Business guide or our Starting a Volleyball Clubs & Organizations Business guide.

Remember that you are starting a business in Dobbs Ferry. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Dobbs Ferry. Only by spending some time analyzing Dobbs Ferry demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Dobbs Ferry, New York Demographic Information

Dobbs Ferry has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.

To give you a better feel for Dobbs Ferry demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Dobbs Ferry.

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 593
5-9 Employees 156
10-19 Employees 72
20-49 Employees 45
50-99 Employees 9
100-249 Employees 9
250-499 Employees 3
500-999 Employees 3
1000+ Employees 3
All Dobbs Ferry Businesses 893

As a new Dobbs Ferry entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Dobbs Ferry 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.

Business Type # of
Advertising Agencies 2
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Architectural Services 6
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 4
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Book Publishers 2
Book Stores 1
Caterers 2
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 5
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Community Food Services 1
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Computer Systems Design Services 3
Credit Unions 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 2
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Electrical Contractors 1
Electronic Shopping 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Engineering Services 4
Fine Arts Schools 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 3
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 3
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 2
Food Service Contractors 3
Framing Contractors 1
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 2
Full-Service Restaurants 11
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 1
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Stores 1
Heating Oil Dealers 2
Industrial Launderers 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 1
Jewelry Stores 1
Land Subdivision 1
Landscaping Services 8
Limited-Service Restaurants 5
Limousine Service 1
Marketing Consulting Services 4
Masonry Contractors 2
Media Representatives 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
Motion Picture and Video Production 4
Musical Groups and Artists 3
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 1
Nail Salons 2
New Housing Operative Builders 1
News Dealers and Newsstands 2
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Office Administrative Services 2
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 1
Offices of Dentists 7
Offices of Lawyers 1
Offices of Optometrists 1
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Packing and Crating 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 3
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Prepress Services 1
Public Relations Agencies 2
Quick Printing 1
Residential Property Managers 2
Residential Remodelers 5
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 4
Software Publishers 2
Sound Recording Studios 1
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Temporary Shelters 2
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Travel Agencies 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Veterinary Services 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 7
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1

What About Franchising Opportunities?

Visit the business district of Dobbs Ferry and you'll conclude that many business owners have opted to buy a franchise, rather than starting a business on their own. Is it perhaps smarter to franchise a business instead of doing it from scratch.

We highly recommend you investigate buying a franchise. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as How to Find Financing for Franchises. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

You can find franchise opportunities by browsing our Franchise Opportunities Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company and D'Angelo Sandwich Shops. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Ice Cream Franchises and Pest Control Franchises.

Note on Dobbs Ferry Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Dobbs Ferry, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

Forming a Company in Dobbs Ferry, New York

It's essential that you are forming a legal entity that operates independently from you. Doing so will protect you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

When forming a company, you will pick from many company types, such as a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporating is a very common way to legally create a business entity. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in New York, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in New York. As it turns out, you are allowed to incorporate in any state you would like to. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

There are many nuances to forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Pre-Incorporation Agreements. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Dobbs Ferry, New York, our web page covering Incorporating in New York may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in New York.

Letting the World Know You Exist

Whether your goal is to attract Dobbs Ferry customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Getting Publicity is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Bring in Revenues

Being able to sell is critical to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Dobbs Ferry or are selling to customers throughout New York, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

Good selling involves demonstrating that your wares meet your customer's needs. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Tips on Customer Referrals offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

Moving Forward

You have a dream -- starting a business in Dobbs Ferry. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Dobbs Ferry 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.

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