January 26, 2021  
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Starting a Business in Hanover, New Hampshire

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

What Type of Business Should You Start?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.

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 Opening a Dog & Cat Foods Retail Business guide or our How to Start a Pilot Car Service guide.

Always keep in mind that you are opening your new business in Hanover. Some businesses will do better in Hanover than others. A critical consideration is whether Hanover demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Hanover, New Hampshire Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 3544
5-9 Employees 1416
10-19 Employees 840
20-49 Employees 288
50-99 Employees 168
100-249 Employees 144
250-499 Employees 96
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 48
All Hanover Businesses 6544

As a new Hanover entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Hanover 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
Architectural Services 2
Beauty Salons 5
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 1
Book Stores 1
Business Associations 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 1
Child and Youth Services 3
Child Day Care Services 5
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 2
Computer Systems Design Services 3
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 2
Convenience Stores 2
Custom Computer Programming Services 3
Direct Mail Advertising 1
Document Preparation Services 1
Educational Support Services 5
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2
Engineering Services 2
Family Clothing Stores 5
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 3
Florists 2
Food Service Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 10
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 3
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Grantmaking Foundations 2
Hardware Stores 1
Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 5
Investment Advice 3
Jewelry (except Costume) Manufacturing 1
Jewelry Stores 2
Landscaping Services 2
Language Schools 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 4
Marketing Consulting Services 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Office Administrative Services 3
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 2
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 12
Offices of Lawyers 8
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Other Holding Companies 2
Ophthalmic Goods Manufacturing 1
Optical Goods Stores 1
Payroll Services 1
Periodical Publishers 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 3
Portfolio Management 3
Radio Stations 1
Retail Bakeries 1
Savings Institutions 5
Sawmills 2
Securities Brokerage 3
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 3
Software Publishers 4
Sporting Goods Stores 2
Sports and Recreation Instruction 3
Travel Agencies 4
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Veterinary Services 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 2
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

Should You Franchise?

Examine a list of Hanover businesses and you'll conclude that many business owners have opted to buy a franchise, rather than starting a business on their own. Evidently, there must be some significant advantages to purchasing a franchise.

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to evaluate the possibility of your buying a franchise opportunity. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Franchising and Veterans. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include AAMCO Transmissions, Inc. and Closets By Design. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Embroidery Franchises and Meal Preparation Franchises.

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

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Hanover Business?

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

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

Forming a Company in Hanover, New Hampshire

It's essential that you are forming a legal entity that operates independently from you. The principal advantage of forming your new business as a legal entity is that it separates your business liabilities from your personal liabilities.

The entity you form can be 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. If you are starting a business in New Hampshire, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in New Hampshire. In fact, you are allowed to 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 are many nuances to forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Nevada Incorporation. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Hanover, New Hampshire, our information on Incorporating in New Hampshire may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in New Hampshire.

Letting the World Know You Exist

To grow your Hanover business, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your succeeding.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Elevator Advertising 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.

Improving Your Entrepreneurial Skillset

The best entrepreneurs recognize that they don't know everything.

With your business being located in Hanover, New Hampshire, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local New Hampshire educational institutions. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking organizations for Hanover entrepreneurs.

Never Give Up

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

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Hanover 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.

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