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Starting a Business in Florala, Alabama

Thinking about starting a business in Florala, Alabama? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Florala.

Are You Ready for Life as an Owner?

Being an entrepreneur is demanding, much more challenging than working as an employee. Are you certain you want to go into business for yourself?

Before you move forward with starting a business, be sure to do these three things:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Florala. Listen closely to their experiences and see if you think you too can be successful.
  • We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. Ask them directly: Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Listen carefully to their answer, as they presumably know your strengths and weaknesses.

What Type of Business Should You Start?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

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 Lubricating Oils Retail Business guide or our How to Start an Outboard Motors Parts & Repair Business guide.

Remember that starting a business in Florala has some implications. Some businesses will do better in Florala than others. Make sure you fully understand Florala demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Florala, Alabama Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size
# of
1-4 Employees
5-9 Employees
10-19 Employees
20-49 Employees
50-99 Employees
100-249 Employees
250-499 Employees
500-999 Employees
1000+ Employees
All Florala Businesses

As a new Florala entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Florala 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
Beauty Salons
Car Washes
Convenience Stores
Electric Power Distribution
Framing Contractors
Full-Service Restaurants
Furniture Stores
General Freight Trucking, Local
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Hardware Stores
Investment Advice
Land Subdivision
Limited-Service Restaurants
Machine Shops
Masonry Contractors
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Lawyers
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores
Support Activities for Forestry
Used Household and Office Goods Moving
Used Merchandise Stores
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

Do You Need a Business Plan?

A business plan is essential to the health of your new business. Simply put, 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.

To learn more about business plans, read Find Sample Business Plans Online. You should also take advantage of free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Alabama.

Marketing Your New Business

Whether your goal is to attract Florala customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a great marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Billboard Advertising Best Practices is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

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

Given that you are starting a business in Florala, Alabama, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Alabama universities, colleges and community colleges. We also recommend you look into networking organizations for Florala entrepreneurs.

Never Give Up

As an entrepreneur in Florala, 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 Florala businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Florala, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Florala, Alabama

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

  • Resources for Florala, Alabama Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Florala entrepreneurs.
  • Alabama Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Alabama.
  • Alabama Small Business Development Center - Alabama's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) counsels and trains business people in a wide variety of business topics and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in many fields. Counseling is provided free of charge to all Alabama small business owners.

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