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Opening a Business in Evanston, Illinois
Contemplating starting a business in Evanston, Illinois? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Evanston.
Evanston, Illinois Demographic Information
Evanston has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Evanston demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Evanston.
As a new Evanston entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Evanston 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 Evanston, you'll see that franchises make up a large percentage of local businesses. But is franchising the right option for you?
Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. To help you learn more about franchising, we've gathered a ton of articles on franchising, including Costs of Franchise Ownership. 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.
Note on Evanston Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Evanston, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.
Have You Considered Buying an Existing Evanston Business?
If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in Illinois. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Evanston.
Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: Buying a Business.
Forming a Company in Evanston, Illinois
It's very important that you form your business as a legal structure. Among other things, forming a legal entity for the business limits your liabilities.
The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.
Incorporating is a very popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in Illinois, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Illinois. In fact, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. 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. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Incorporating Online. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Evanston, Illinois, our information on Incorporating in Illinois may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Illinois.
Make Sure You Have a Business Plan
A business plan is vital in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Indeed, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.
Startup Financing Basics
Getting your Evanston business the capital it needs to succeed requires strong organization skills and perseverance. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.
To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as 504 Loans.
Never Give Up
As an entrepreneur in Evanston, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.
Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.
We are here to help Evanston businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Evanston 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 Evanston, Illinois
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Evanston.
- Resources for Evanston, Illinois Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Evanston 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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