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Start a Business in Moscow, Pennsylvania
Are you starting a business in Moscow, Pennsylvania? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Moscow.
Are You Sure You Want to Do This?
Running your own business is difficult, much harder than working as an employee. Are you positive you have the stamina and skills to succeed on your own?
While entrepreneurship has become a popular career choice, we recommend you do the following before you take the plunge:
- Talk to other entrepreneurs in Moscow. Ask them candidly what it's like to run a 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. The people who know you best are often in the best position to tell you bluntly whether you will be a good entrepreneur.
Moscow, Pennsylvania Demographic Information
Moscow has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Moscow demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Moscow.
As a new Moscow entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Moscow 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.
What About Franchising Opportunities?
As you drive around Moscow, it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. But is franchising the right option for you?
We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Franchising Pros and Cons. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.
To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.
Sample franchise opportunities include Redbrick Pizza and Systems Paving Franchising, Inc.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Gift Items Franchises and Home Furnishings Franchises.
Note on Moscow Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Moscow.
Company Formation in Moscow, Pennsylvania
It's very important that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Among other things, forming a legal entity for the business limits your liabilities.
The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.
Incorporating is a very popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. Just because you are starting a business in Pennsylvania, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Pennsylvania. 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'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 Dissolving a Corporation. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Moscow, Pennsylvania, our information on Incorporating in Pennsylvania may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Pennsylvania.
Raising Capital for Your Venture
Getting your Moscow 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.
Recognizing this challenge, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Realistic Debt Financing Options.
Letting the World Know You Exist
To grow your Moscow business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.
You can learn plenty about marketing on our site. Comparing Advertising to PR is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.
As an entrepreneur in Moscow, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.
If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.
We are here to help Moscow businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Moscow, neighborhood development and overall economic health.
More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Moscow, Pennsylvania
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Moscow.
- Resources for Moscow, Pennsylvania Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Moscow 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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