January 19, 2021  
 
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Texas Entrepreneurs  
  Ingram, Texas Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Opening a Business in Ingram, Texas

Contemplating starting a business in Ingram, Texas? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Ingram.

Are You Ready for Entrepreneurship?

Before announcing to the world that you are going to start your own business, take inventory of your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

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

  • Grab a meal or cofee with other entrepreneurs in Ingram. Listen closely to their experiences and see if you think you too can be successful.
  • Take a look at Business Failure. It's a short article but it's a good reality check for those are about to jump into the world of entrepreneurship.
  • Involve a spouse, family member or trusted friend in the decision. Ask them directly: Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Listen carefully to their answer, as they presumably know your strengths and weaknesses.

Choosing the Right Company to Start

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Free Business Ideas.

For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start an Auto Cruise Control Devices Business guide or our Opening a Chamber of Commerce Business guide.

Remember that your new business will be in Ingram. Some businesses will do better in Ingram than others. Make sure you fully understand Ingram demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Ingram, Texas Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
Businesses
1-4 Employees 546
5-9 Employees 144
10-19 Employees 153
20-49 Employees 9
50-99 Employees 27
100-249 Employees 0
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Ingram Businesses 879

As a new Ingram entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Ingram 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
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 1
Beauty Salons 1
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Computer Systems Design Services 1
Convenience Stores 1
Document Preparation Services 1
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Electrical Contractors 1
Framing Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 3
General Automotive Repair 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Hardware Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 1
Land Subdivision 1
Landscaping Services 2
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Luggage Manufacturing 1
Masonry Contractors 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Lawyers 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Periodical Publishers 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Roofing Contractors 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Veterinary Services 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 2

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Getting your Ingram business the capital it needs to succeed requires strong organization skills and perseverance. To obtain business financing, you will need to hear a lot of rejections before you finally find a funding solution that works for you.

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

For Ingram entrepreneurs who need startup capital, check out our List of Texas Angel Investors and our List of Texas Venture Capital Firms.

Promoting Your New Company

Whether your goal is to attract Ingram customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Competitive Analysis 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.

The Art of Selling

Being able to sell is essential to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Ingram or are selling to customers throughout Texas, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Selling Stuff on the Web is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

The best entrepreneurs know that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

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

Never Give Up

You have a dream -- starting a business in Ingram. 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 Ingram and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Ingram, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Ingram, Texas

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

 

 

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