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Starting a Business in Indiana, Pennsylvania
Thinking about starting a business in Indiana, Pennsylvania? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Indiana.
Choosing the Right Company to Start
There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at 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 an Accounting Firm guide or our How to Start a Cosmetics & Toiletries Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide.
Don't forget that you are starting a business in Indiana. If Indiana already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. A critical consideration is whether Indiana demographics mesh well with your startup concept.
Indiana, Pennsylvania Demographic Information
Indiana has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Indiana demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Indiana.
As a new Indiana entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Indiana 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.
Selecting a Name For Your Company
A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.
Company names should be fun to say, and they should help people to understand what you do and how you differentiate yourself in the market.
For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Branding Advice.
There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are starting a business in Indiana, it's very important that you make sure no other Pennsylvania company is using the business name you want to use.
Where to Get Money to Start a Company
Getting your Indiana business the capital it needs to succeed requires strong organization skills and perseverance. 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 Line of Credit.
The Art of Selling
Being able to sell is critical to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Indiana or are selling to customers throughout Pennsylvania, 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. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.
Hiring Telemarketing Firms to Generate Sales Leads is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.
How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities
Successful entrepreneurs know that they need to continually improve.
With your business being located in Indiana, Pennsylvania, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Pennsylvania universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Indiana entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.
You have a dream -- starting a business in Indiana. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.
If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.
Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Indiana and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Indiana, neighborhood development and overall economic health.
More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Indiana, Pennsylvania
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Indiana.
- Resources for Indiana, Pennsylvania Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Indiana entrepreneurs.
- Pennsylvania Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Pennsylvania.
- Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center - Pennsylvania SBDCs help aspiring entrepreneurs turn ideas into businesses, help small firms expand, and provide the information every business person needs to make critical decisions. There is no charge for their assistance and their free help can make the difference between business success and failure.
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