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Starting a Business in Medicine Lodge, Kansas
Thinking about starting a business in Medicine Lodge, Kansas? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Medicine Lodge.
Are You Sure You Want to Do This?
Before you get too far along in the process, assess your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.
Because entrepreneurship is not for everyone, we recommend you do the following to help you assess whether you should move forward with starting a business:
- Speak with other entrepreneurs in Medicine Lodge. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a business.
- You should read Business Failure. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
- Involve a spouse, family member or trusted friend in the decision. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.
What Business Are You Starting?
Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Finding Your Niche in Life.
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 Opening a Conveyor Belting & Belting Supplies Dealers Business guide or our How to Start a Music Festivals Business guide.
Always keep in mind that starting a business in Medicine Lodge has some implications. Some businesses will do better in Medicine Lodge than others. Don't forget to review Medicine Lodge demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.
Medicine Lodge, Kansas Demographic Information
Medicine Lodge has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Medicine Lodge demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Medicine Lodge.
As a new Medicine Lodge entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Medicine Lodge 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.
Should You Franchise?
As you drive around Medicine Lodge, you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Is there a franchise opportunity out there that makes sense for you?
We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as The Franchising Process. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.
You can find franchise opportunities by browsing our Franchise Opportunities Directory.
Sample franchise opportunities include Perma-Glaze, Inc. and Fetch! Pet Care. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Video and Photography Franchises and Hardware Store Franchises.
Note on Medicine Lodge Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Medicine Lodge, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.
Naming the Company
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.
Company names need to be easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and easy to remember.
For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Company.
On a final note, given that you are starting a business in Medicine Lodge, it's very important that you make sure no other Kansas company is using the business name you want to use.
Getting Money to Start a Business
Getting your Medicine Lodge business the capital it needs to succeed is a difficult chore. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.
Take advantage of our many articles on raising capital, such as Choosing VC Firms.
Improving Your Entrepreneurial Skillset
The best entrepreneurs recognize that they don't know everything.
With your business being located in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Kansas universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking organizations for Medicine Lodge entrepreneurs.
You have a dream -- starting a business in Medicine Lodge. 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.
We are here to help Medicine Lodge businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Medicine Lodge, neighborhood development and overall economic health.
More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Medicine Lodge, Kansas
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Medicine Lodge.
- Resources for Medicine Lodge, Kansas Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Medicine Lodge entrepreneurs.
- Kansas Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Kansas.
- Kansas Small Business Development Center - The KSBDC Network provides Kansas entrepreneurs and small business owners with knowledge, tools and resources to enhance their success. Contact them and they will help you identify your business needs and guide you toward opportunities and solutions.
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