August 12, 2020  
 
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Starting a Business in Fort Jones, California

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

Are You Ready for the Challenges of Being an Entrepreneur?

An entrepreneurial life is demanding, much harder than working as an employee. Are you positive you have the stamina and skills to succeed on your own?

To determine whether you have what it takes to run a business, we recommend these three steps to help you decide:

  • Grab a meal or cofee with other entrepreneurs in Fort Jones. Listen closely to their experiences and see if you think you too can be successful.
  • Take a look at Business Failure. It's a short article but it's a good reality check for those are about to jump into the world of entrepreneurship.
  • Involve a spouse, family member or trusted friend in the decision. 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.

Fort Jones, California Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 140
5-9 Employees 30
10-19 Employees 9
20-49 Employees 0
50-99 Employees 0
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Fort Jones Businesses 179

As a new Fort Jones entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Fort Jones 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
Businesses
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Community Food Services 1
Drafting Services 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Environmental Consulting Services 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Florists 1
Full-Service Restaurants 1
General Automotive Repair 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Hardware Stores 3
Janitorial Services 1
Logging 3
Machine Shops 2
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Offices of Dentists 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Roofing Contractors 2
Securities Brokerage 1
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 2
Tax Preparation Services 1
Veterinary Services 1

What About Franchising Opportunities?

Visit the business district of Fort Jones and it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. Evidently, there must be some significant advantages to purchasing a franchise.

We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Before Buying a Franchise. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Representative franchise opportunities include Tubby's Sub Shops and Expetec Technology Services. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Retail Franchises and Frozen Yogurt Franchises.

Note on Fort Jones Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Fort Jones.

Should You Buy an Existing Fort Jones Business?

If you have some capital to play with, you may want to Buy a Business in California. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Fort Jones.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Naming the Company

A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.

We strongly advocate that you make sure the ".com" domain name is available for your company name. Every business needs a strong Web presence these days, and having a non ".com" domain means somebody else may outrank you in the search results for your own company name.

Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Naming a Business.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are starting a business in Fort Jones, it's critical that you ensure that no other California company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Fort Jones, California

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will protect you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

Incorporating is a very common way to legally create a business entity. A key decision is whether to form and S-Corp or a C-Corp, and you also must decide in which state you will incorporate. If you are starting a business in California, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in California. As it turns out, you can incorporate wherever you want. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.

There are many nuances to forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Registered Agents. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Fort Jones, California, our information on Incorporating in California may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in California.

Building Up Your Sales

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new Fort Jones business, you need to focus on sales.

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.

Effective Sales Presentations is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

Never Give Up

As an entrepreneur in Fort Jones, 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.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Fort Jones and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Fort Jones 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 Fort Jones, California

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

 

 

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