Mississippi Business Startup Guides
Starting a Business in Mississippi State, Mississippi
Thinking about starting a business in Mississippi State, Mississippi? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Mississippi State.
Do You Have What It Takes?
Most new companies don't make it, in part because the business owner did not have the entrepreneurial skills and traits needed to succeed. So, before you start your business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.
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:
- Talk to other entrepreneurs in Mississippi State. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
- We recommend reading Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
- Have a candid conversation with friends and family. A support network of family and friends can be a great sounding board for good advice before you decide for sure to go into business.
What Type of Business Should You Start?
An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Business Ideas That Don't Make Sense.
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 a Dance Club guide or our Starting a Tatoo Parlor guide.
Always keep in mind that you are starting a business in Mississippi State. Some businesses will do better in Mississippi State than others. Make sure you fully understand Mississippi State demographics before you lock in on your business idea.
Mississippi State, Mississippi Demographic Information
Mississippi State has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Mississippi State demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Mississippi State.
As a new Mississippi State entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Mississippi State 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.
Company Formation in Mississippi State, Mississippi
It's very important 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.
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. Just because you are starting a business in Mississippi, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Mississippi. In fact, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.
There's a lot to know about forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Avoiding Personal Liability in Business. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Mississippi State, Mississippi, our information on Incorporating in Mississippi may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Mississippi.
Marketing Your New Company
Whether your goal is to attract Mississippi State customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you need a excellent marketing plan.
You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Transit Advertising discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just a taste of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.
Improving Your Entrepreneurial Skillset
Good entrepreneurs know that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.
With your business being located in Mississippi State, Mississippi, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Mississippi universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Mississippi State entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.
Now It's Up To You
Most new Mississippi State businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.
From this point on, you control your own destiny.
This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Mississippi State and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Mississippi State 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 Mississippi State, Mississippi
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Mississippi State.
- Resources for Mississippi State, Mississippi Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Mississippi State entrepreneurs.
- Mississippi Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Mississippi.
- Mississippi Small Business Development Center - The Mississippi Small Business Development Centers (MSBDC) is dedicated to helping build and grow businesses in Mississippi. For new entrepreneurs, this is an excellent resource.
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