January 24, 2021  
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Start a Business in Eatonville, Washington

Are you starting a business in Eatonville, Washington? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Eatonville.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Before quitting your day job, consider your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

Because entrepreneurship is not for everyone, we recommend you do the following to help you assess whether you should move forward with starting a business:

  • Grab a meal or cofee with other entrepreneurs in Eatonville. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • Take a look at The Entrepreneurial Personality. It's a short article but it's a good reality check for those are about to jump into the world of entrepreneurship.
  • Reach out to a trusted acquaintance. A support network of family and friends can be a great sounding board for good advice before you decide for sure to go into business.

What Business Are You Starting?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at How to Evaluate a Business Idea.

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 an Optical Goods Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide or our How to Start a Paper Shredding Services Business guide.

Don't forget that your new startup will be located in Eatonville. Some businesses will do better in Eatonville than others. Make sure you fully understand Eatonville demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Eatonville, Washington Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 798
5-9 Employees 192
10-19 Employees 138
20-49 Employees 30
50-99 Employees 12
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Eatonville Businesses 1170

As a new Eatonville entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Eatonville 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beauty Salons 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Business Associations 1
Child Day Care Services 2
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Computer Systems Design Services 1
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Convenience Stores 1
Document Preparation Services 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Electric Power Distribution 2
Electrical Contractors 2
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 3
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 1
Food Service Contractors 1
Framing Contractors 5
Full-Service Restaurants 4
General Automotive Repair 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Hardware Manufacturing 1
Home Health Care Services 2
Homes for the Elderly 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 1
Janitorial Services 1
Landscaping Services 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 5
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Logging 8
Masonry Contractors 1
Museums 1
New Car Dealers 3
New Housing Operative Builders 3
Newspaper Publishers 1
Office Administrative Services 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 1
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 2
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Portfolio Management 1
Residential Property Managers 2
Roofing Contractors 3
Securities Brokerage 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Site Preparation Contractors 7
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 2
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Temporary Help Services 1
Timber Tract Operations 1
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

Forming a Company in Eatonville, Washington

It's very important that you choose the right legal structure for your new entity. Doing so will shield 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 Washington, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Washington. As it turns out, you can 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 Where to Incorporate. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Eatonville, Washington, our web page covering Incorporating in Washington may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Washington.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

Creating a business plan is vital in laying a solid foundation for your business success. In effect, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Mistakes. You can also get face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Washington.

Building Up Your Sales

Being able to sell is critical to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Eatonville or are selling to customers throughout Washington, 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. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

How to Build and Motivate a Sales Team is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Now It's Up To You

You have a dream -- starting a business in Eatonville. 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 Eatonville businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Eatonville, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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