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Starting a Business in Hatteras, North Carolina

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

Will You Be a Good Entrepreneur?

Running your own business is demanding, much harder than working as an employee. Are you positive you want to start a business?

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

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Hatteras. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Have a candid conversation with friends and family. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

Hatteras, North Carolina Demographic Information

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

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

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 Hatteras Businesses

As a new Hatteras entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Hatteras 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
Amusement and Theme Parks
Beauty Salons
Claims Adjusting
Convenience Stores
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Family Clothing Stores
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores
Landscaping Services
Limited-Service Restaurants
Newspaper Publishers
Offices of Certified Public Accountants
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
Residential Property Managers
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars
Sporting Goods Stores

Have You Considered Franchising?

Visit the business district of Hatteras and it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. But is franchising the right option for you?

Most business experts recommend that you look into purchasing a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Staffing a Franchise. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out 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 Hatteras Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Hatteras, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Hatteras Business?

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

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

Letting the World Know You Exist

Whether your goal is to attract Hatteras customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your successs.

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Working with an Advertising Agency is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Selling Tips

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

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Cold Call Selling is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

What's Next?

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

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Hatteras, North Carolina

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

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