January 24, 2021  
 
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  Holmes, Pennsylvania Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in Holmes, Pennsylvania

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

Will You Be a Successful Entrepreneur?

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

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

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Holmes. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Why Small Businesses Fail. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Get feedback from somebody whom you trust. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

Which Business to Choose?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Finding Your Niche in Life.

If you still are not sure what type of business to start, peruse the 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 starting a business in Holmes. If Holmes already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. Only by spending some time analyzing Holmes demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

As a new Holmes entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Holmes 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
Ambulance Services 1
Architectural Services 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 4
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Boat Dealers 1
Bowling Centers 1
Child Day Care Services 1
Consumer Lending 1
Convenience Stores 1
Dance Companies 1
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Electrical Contractors 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 2
Family Clothing Stores 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Flooring Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 4
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 2
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Graphic Design Services 2
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hardware Stores 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Janitorial Services 1
Jewelry Stores 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 6
Limousine Service 1
Meat Markets 1
Men's Clothing Stores 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 2
Offices of Dentists 4
Offices of Optometrists 1
One-Hour Photofinishing 1
Optical Goods Stores 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 2
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Quick Printing 1
Remediation Services 1
Residential Remodelers 2
Savings Institutions 1
Shoe Stores 3
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 2
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Tobacco Stores 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Women's Clothing Stores 2

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

As you drive around Holmes, it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. But is franchising the right option for you?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to look into purchasing a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Detecting Franchising Scams. 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 Holmes Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Holmes.

What About Buying an Existing Holmes Business?

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

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Naming the Business

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.

Before you decide on a company name, run it by some prospective customers and see what they think. If they don't like it, it's probably a good idea to go back to the drawing board.

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

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are planning on starting a business in Holmes, it's critical that you ensure that your company name has not already been claimed by another Pennsylvania business.

Forming a Company in Holmes, Pennsylvania

It's essential that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

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 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 Pennsylvania, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Pennsylvania. 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 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 Offshore Company Formation. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Holmes, Pennsylvania, our web page covering Incorporating in Pennsylvania may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Pennsylvania.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

A business plan is critical in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Indeed, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Business Plan Mistakes. You should also take advantage of free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Pennsylvania.

Where to Get Money to Start a Company

Raising money to fund your new Holmes business is not an easy task. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.

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

For Holmes entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, check out our List of Pennsylvania Angel Investors and our List of Pennsylvania Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Venture

To rise above the crowd in Holmes and advance your business, you need a great marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Holiday-Powered Marketing is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

The Art of Selling

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

Clever sales techniques can transform any business from good to great. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

How to Build and Motivate a Sales Team offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

Good entrepreneurs recognize that they don't know everything.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Holmes, Pennsylvania, you should get information on some of the many programs available at nearby Pennsylvania universities, colleges and community colleges. You should also check if there are any networking organizations for Holmes entrepreneurs.

What's Next?

As an entrepreneur in Holmes, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

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

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

 

 

Additional Resources for Entrepreneurs

Buying a Business

Writing a Business Plan

Raising Money

Incorporate

Small Business Marketing

Advertising Advice

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Customer Service Tips

Entrepreneurial Selling

Workplace Safety