January 16, 2021  
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  New Fairfield, Connecticut Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in New Fairfield, Connecticut

Thinking about starting a business in New Fairfield, Connecticut? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in New Fairfield.

Is Becoming an Entrepreneur Right for You?

Most new businesses don't make it, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the tenacity and/or the skills 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:

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in New Fairfield. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • 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. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

Which Business to Choose?

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? If you are struggling with what type of business to start, read Evaluating Your Idea.

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.

Remember that starting a business in New Fairfield has some implications. Some businesses will do better in New Fairfield than others. Only by spending some time analyzing New Fairfield demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

As a new New Fairfield entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in New Fairfield 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.

Business Type # of
Advertising Agencies 1
Beauty Salons 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Book Publishers 1
Business Associations 1
Child Day Care Services 5
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Electrical Contractors 8
Employment Placement Agencies 1
Engineering Services 3
Fine Arts Schools 2
Finish Carpentry Contractors 5
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Florists 2
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Food Service Contractors 2
Framing Contractors 2
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 1
Full-Service Restaurants 4
General Automotive Repair 1
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Stores 1
Investment Advice 1
Janitorial Services 2
Jewelry Stores 1
Land Subdivision 1
Landscaping Services 10
Limited-Service Restaurants 6
Machine Shops 1
Marinas 1
Marketing Consulting Services 2
Masonry Contractors 1
Meat Markets 1
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Office Administrative Services 2
Offices of Chiropractors 3
Offices of Dentists 6
Offices of Lawyers 2
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 3
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Professional Organizations 1
Residential Remodelers 11
Savings Institutions 2
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 4
Tax Preparation Services 3
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 2
Veterinary Services 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 2
Window Treatment Stores 1

What About Franchising Opportunities?

Visit the business district of New Fairfield and you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. Is there a franchise opportunity out there that makes sense for you?

Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. To help you learn more about franchising, we've gathered a ton of articles on franchising, including Detecting Franchising Scams. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

You can find franchise opportunities by browsing our Franchise Opportunities Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Subway Franchises and Starbucks Franchises. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Accounting Franchises and Moving Franchises.

Note on New Fairfield Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in New Fairfield, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

Should You Buy an Existing New Fairfield Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Connecticut. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in New Fairfield.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Choosing a Business Name

A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.

Company names should be fun to say, and they should help people to understand what you do and how you differentiate yourself in the market.

To get up to speed on what makes for a good company name, we encourage you to read this useful article: Branding Advice.

On a final note, given that you are planning on starting a business in New Fairfield, it's imperative that you check now that your company name has not already been claimed by another Connecticut business.

Company Formation in New Fairfield, Connecticut

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will separate you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

When forming a company, you will pick from many company types, such as a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporation 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 Connecticut, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Connecticut. As it turns out, 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. To learn the basics of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Incorporating Online. You may also want to seek the advice of an lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in New Fairfield, Connecticut, our web page covering Incorporating in Connecticut may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Connecticut.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

Having a business plan is vital in laying a solid foundation for your business success. In effect, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Not having a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

To learn more about business plans, read Expert Advice on Business Plans. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Connecticut.

Raising Funding for Your Venture

Raising money to fund your new New Fairfield business is very difficult due to the ongoing business credit crunch. To obtain business financing, you will need to hear a lot of rejections before you finally find a funding solution that works for you.

Recognizing this challenge, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Realistic Debt Financing Options.

For New Fairfield entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, browse our List of Connecticut Angel Investors and our List of Connecticut Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Venture

Whether your goal is to attract New Fairfield customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your doing well.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. National TV Spot Advertising Rates 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.

Selling Tips

Mastering the art of selling is essential if you want your new New Fairfield business to do well.

Not knowing how to sell can result in lost customers and minimal market share. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Landing Big Customers offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

Successful entrepreneurs know that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

As an entrepreneur who lives in New Fairfield, Connecticut, you should get information on some of the many programs available at nearby Connecticut universities, colleges and community colleges. You should also check if there are any networking groups or organizations in which New Fairfield entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Moving Forward

Most new New Fairfield businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help New Fairfield businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in New Fairfield, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in New Fairfield, Connecticut

Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in New Fairfield.



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