January 16, 2021  
 
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Starting a Business in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Before you get too far along in the process, assess your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

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

  • Grab a meal or cofee with other entrepreneurs in Fort Leavenworth. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
  • 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. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.

What Business Are You Starting?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Evaluating Your 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 Starting a Dance Club guide or our Starting a Tatoo Parlor guide.

Remember that you are opening your new business in Fort Leavenworth. Some businesses will do better in Fort Leavenworth than others. Study Fort Leavenworth demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

As a new Fort Leavenworth entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Fort Leavenworth 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
Baked Goods Stores 1
Barber Shops 1
Beauty Salons 1
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Computer Systems Design Services 3
Credit Unions 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Educational Support Services 1
Engineering Services 1
Facilities Support Services 1
Florists 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Optical Goods Stores 1
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation 1
Travel Agencies 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Veterinary Services 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1

Is Franchising a Better Option?

Visit the business district of Fort Leavenworth and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Evidently, there must be some significant advantages to purchasing a franchise.

We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. To help you learn more about franchising, we've gathered a ton of articles on franchising, including The Franchising Process. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

You can review hundreds of franchise opportunities by browing our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Subway Franchises and Starbucks Franchises. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Accounting Franchises and Moving Franchises.

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

What About Buying an Existing Fort Leavenworth Business?

We've created a helpful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Kansas. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Fort Leavenworth.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: How to Buy a Business.

Choosing a Company Name

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

Companies like Starbucks, Apple, Target, Microsoft and Intuit all have strong company names that are easy to remember and have become well-loved brands. Wouldn't it be nice if your new company name got on a similar track?

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Business.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are starting a business in Fort Leavenworth, it's very important that you make sure no Kansas company has already registered the company name you have selected.

Company Formation in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

A critical step is ensuring that you choose the right legal structure for your new entity. Among other things, forming a legal entity for the business limits your liabilities.

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. Just because you are starting a business in Kansas, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Kansas. As it turns out, 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's a lot to know about forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Why Incorporate in Delaware. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, our web page covering Incorporating in Kansas may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Kansas.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

Having a business plan is critical in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Failure to write a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Software. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Kansas.

Startup Financing Basics

Obtaining startup financing for your Fort Leavenworth business will be harder than you might expect. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Angel Investors.

For Fort Leavenworth entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, check out our List of Kansas Angel Investors and our List of Kansas Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Venture

To grow your Fort Leavenworth business, you need a solid marketing plan.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Business Cards is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Bring in Revenues

Being able to sell is critical to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Fort Leavenworth or are selling to customers throughout Kansas, 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. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Mastering the Complex Sale 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.

Increase Your Entrepreneurial Knowledge

Good entrepreneurs know that they don't know everything.

With your business being located in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, you should check out some of the learning programs at local Kansas educational institutions. Another way to keep up on your entrepreneurial education is to investigate Fort Leavenworth networking organizations.

Next Steps

You have a dream -- starting a business in Fort Leavenworth. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Fort Leavenworth and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Fort Leavenworth 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 Leavenworth, Kansas

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

 

 

Additional Resources for Entrepreneurs

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Raising Money

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Customer Service Tips

Entrepreneurial Selling

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