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Open a Business in Miami, Florida
Need help starting a business in Miami, Florida? We've got the information you need to open a business in Miami.
What Business to Start
An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Free Business Ideas.
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 Indian Goods Wholesale & Manufacturing Business guide or our Opening a Pearls Retail Business guide.
Always keep in mind that you are starting a business in Miami. If Miami already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. Make sure you fully understand Miami demographics before you lock in on your business idea.
Miami, Florida Demographic Information
Miami has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Miami demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Miami.
As a new Miami entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Miami 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.
Is Franchising a Better Option?
Visit the business district of Miami and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Is franchising maybe a better way for you to start your business?
Most business experts recommend that you look into purchasing a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Opportunities in International Franchising. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.
To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.
Sample franchise opportunities include Egismoz and Matrix System Automotive Finishes. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Cartridge Recycling Franchises and Child Entertainment Franchises.
Note on Miami Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Miami.
Forming a Company in Miami, Florida
A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will insulate you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.
The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.
Incorporating is a very common way to legally create a business entity. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in Florida, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Florida. In fact, you can incorporate wherever you want. 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 Corporate Formalities. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Miami, Florida, our information on Incorporating in Florida may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Florida.
Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan
Having a business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. In effect, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.
Startup Financing Basics
Getting your Miami business the capital it needs to succeed is not an easy task. 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 Business Line of Credit.
Increase Your Entrepreneurial Knowledge
Good entrepreneurs recognize that they don't know everything.
Given that you are starting a business in Miami, Florida, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Florida universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any Miami networking organizations.
Interviews With Miami Entrepreneurs
Here, we'll keep a running list of interviews we've had with Miami entrepreneurs.
Never Give Up
You have a dream -- starting a business in Miami. 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 Miami and elsewhere to achieve real success. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Miami, neighborhood development and overall economic health.
More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Miami, Florida
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Miami.
- Resources for Miami, Florida Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Miami entrepreneurs.
- Florida Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Florida.
- Florida Small Business Development Center - The Florida Small Business Development Center Network (FSBDCN) is a statewide economic development partnership between higher education and other stakeholder organizations dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and established businesses with the assistance needed to start, grow and succeed, contributing to the Florida economy.
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