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Starting a Business in Greenfield, Missouri

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

Is Becoming an Entrepreneur Right for You?

Before quitting your day job, consider your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

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

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Greenfield. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • 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. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

Which Business to Choose?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Finding Your Niche in Life.

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 Vending Machine Dealership guide or our Opening a Plate Glass Window Restoration & Sealing Business guide.

Don't forget that your new startup will be located in Greenfield. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Greenfield. Only by spending some time analyzing Greenfield demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Greenfield, Missouri Demographic Information

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

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

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 Greenfield Businesses

As a new Greenfield entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Greenfield 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
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
Cemeteries and Crematories
Child Day Care Services
Community Food Services
Floor Covering Stores
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
General Automotive Repair
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Limited-Service Restaurants
Newspaper Publishers
Offices of Dentists
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Site Preparation Contractors
Tax Preparation Services
Temporary Help Services
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices

Should You Buy an Existing Greenfield Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Missouri. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Greenfield.

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

Forming a Company in Greenfield, Missouri

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will separate 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 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 Missouri, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Missouri. 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. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Nevada Incorporation. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Greenfield, Missouri, our information on Incorporating in Missouri may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Missouri.

The Role of the Business Plan

A business plan is essential 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. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You can also get free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Missouri.

Raising Money for Your Business

Getting your Greenfield business the capital it needs to succeed is a difficult chore. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.

Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Angel Investors.

For Greenfield entrepreneurs on the hunt for startup funding, check out our List of Missouri Angel Investors and our List of Missouri Venture Capital Firms.

Moving Forward

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Greenfield businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Greenfield, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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