Louisiana Business Startup Guides
Starting a Business in New Orleans, Louisiana
Thinking about starting a business in New Orleans, Louisiana? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in New Orleans.
New Orleans, Louisiana Demographic Information
New Orleans has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for New Orleans demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in New Orleans.
As a new New Orleans entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in New Orleans 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.
Naming the Company
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.
Before you decide on a company name, run it by some prospective customers and see what they think. If they don't like it, it's probably a good idea to go back to the drawing board.
Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Branding Advice.
On a final note, given that you are opening a business in New Orleans, it's critical that you ensure that no Louisiana company has already registered the company name you have selected.
Make Sure You Have a Business Plan
Creating a business plan is vital to the health of your new business. Indeed, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Failure to write a business plan
Raising Money for Your New Venture
Obtaining startup financing for your New Orleans business is not an easy task. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.
To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Angel Investors.
Marketing Your New Startup
Whether your goal is to attract New Orleans customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.
You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Advertising on the Web 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.
Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new New Orleans business, you need to focus on sales.
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.
How to Build and Motivate a Sales Team is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.
As an entrepreneur in New Orleans, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.
Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.
This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in New Orleans and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new New Orleans 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 Orleans, Louisiana
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in New Orleans.
- Resources for New Orleans, Louisiana Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist New Orleans entrepreneurs.
- Louisiana Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Louisiana.
- Louisiana Small Business Development Center - The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC Network) provides low- or no-cost guidance and training for small business owners and potential owners.
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