October 23, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for California Entrepreneurs  
  Exeter, California Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Exeter, California

Contemplating starting a business in Exeter, California? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Exeter.

Do You Have Entrepreneurial Drive and Passion?

Most new companies don't make it, in part because the founder did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before you start your business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

While entrepreneurship has become a popular career choice, we recommend you do the following before you take the plunge:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Exeter. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • We recommend reading Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Have a candid conversation with friends and family. 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 to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Good Business Ideas.

To view an extensive list of business types, complete with startup instructions, spend some time in the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start an Emergency Disaster Restoration Business guide or our How to Start a Spices Business guide.

Always keep in mind that you are opening your new business in Exeter. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in Exeter. A critical consideration is whether Exeter demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Exeter, California Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 2358
5-9 Employees 756
10-19 Employees 684
20-49 Employees 432
50-99 Employees 90
100-249 Employees 18
250-499 Employees 18
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Exeter Businesses 4356

As a new Exeter entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Exeter 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 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Book Stores 1
Building Inspection Services 1
Business Associations 1
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 4
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Concrete Pipe Manufacturing 1
Convenience Stores 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 3
Educational Support Services 1
Electrical Contractors 3
Family Planning Centers 1
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fine Arts Schools 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 2
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 9
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
General Automotive Repair 1
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Hardware Stores 2
Homes for the Elderly 6
Industrial Valve Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 5
Interior Design Services 1
Janitorial Services 3
Landscaping Services 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 7
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 1
Machine Shops 1
Masonry Contractors 1
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
New Car Dealers 1
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Office Administrative Services 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 4
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 1
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 8
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Photography Studios, Portrait 2
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 2
Residential Remodelers 2
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Ship Building and Repairing 1
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Special Needs Transportation 1
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Temporary Help Services 1
Testing Laboratories 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire Dealers 3
Translation and Interpretation Services 1
Veterinary Services 3
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Voluntary Health Organizations 1
Wineries 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 1

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Exeter Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in California. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Exeter.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Raising Capital for Your Venture

Getting your Exeter business the capital it needs to succeed requires strong organization skills and perseverance. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Getting a Small Business Loan.

For Exeter entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, check out our List of California Angel Investors and our List of California Venture Capital Firms.

Bring in Revenues

Mastering the art of selling is priority one if you want your new Exeter business to do well.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

Good Sales Strategies offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

Good business owners know that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Exeter, California, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local California educational institutions. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Exeter entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Now It's Up To You

Most new Exeter businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Exeter 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 Exeter, California

Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Exeter.



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