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Opening a Business in New Albany, Indiana
Contemplating starting a business in New Albany, Indiana? We walk you through the process of opening a business in New Albany.
What Business to Start
There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to 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 Dating Service guide or our How to Start a Mutual Fund Insurance Business guide.
Remember that your new startup will be located in New Albany. Some businesses will do better in New Albany than others. Make sure you fully understand New Albany demographics before you lock in on your business idea.
New Albany, Indiana Demographic Information
New Albany has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for New Albany demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in New Albany.
As a new New Albany entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in New Albany 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 a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?
Examine a list of New Albany businesses and it becomes clear that purchasing a franchise is a common way to get started as an entrepreneur. But is franchising the right option for you?
We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to investigate buying a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchise Law. 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.
Note on New Albany Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in New Albany.
Choosing a Company Name
A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.
Even if the name doesn't do it by itself, many naming experts believe there should be a story behind the name that ties into your company mission.
Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Naming a Company.
As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are starting a business in New Albany, it's imperative that you check now that your company name has not already been claimed by another Indiana business.
Company Formation in New Albany, Indiana
It's essential that you form your business as a legal structure. Doing so will shield you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.
When forming a company, you will choose from many company types, such as 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 Indiana, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Indiana. In fact, you are allowed to 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 Getting an EIN. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in New Albany, Indiana, our web page covering Incorporating in Indiana may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Indiana.
Don't Skip the Business Plan
Creating a business plan is critical to the health of your new business. In effect, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Not having a business plan
If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Expert Advice on Business Plans. A great resource for business planning assistance is the face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Indiana.
Most new New Albany businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.
From this point on, you control your own destiny.
Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in New Albany and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new New Albany 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 New Albany, Indiana
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in New Albany.
- Resources for New Albany, Indiana Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist New Albany entrepreneurs.
- Indiana Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Indiana.
- Indiana Small Business Development Center - The Indiana Small Business Development Center assists Indiana entrepreneurs and small businesses through one on one counseling, education and business resources.
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