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Starting a Business in Norfolk, Nebraska
Thinking about starting a business in Norfolk, Nebraska? This step-by-step guide walks you through the major decisions you should consider before opening a new business in Norfolk.
Are You Sure You Want to Do This?
Most new ventures do not succeed, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before you open a 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 Norfolk. 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.
Norfolk, Nebraska Demographic Information
Norfolk has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Norfolk demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Norfolk.
As a new Norfolk entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Norfolk 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?
As you drive around Norfolk, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?
Our advice is to investigate buying a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchising Scams. 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 Aaron's Sales & Leasing and Lil' Angels Photography. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Auto Repair Franchises and Print and Sign Franchises.
Note on Norfolk Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Norfolk, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.
Have You Considered Buying an Existing Norfolk Business?
An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Nebraska. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Norfolk.
For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.
Choosing a Company 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 need to be easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and easy to remember.
To get up to speed on what makes for a good company name, we encourage you to read this useful article: Branding Advice.
As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are planning on starting a business in Norfolk, it's imperative that you check now that your company name has not already been claimed by another Nebraska business.
Letting the World Know You Exist
Whether your goal is to attract Norfolk customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your beating the competition.
You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Marketing Research discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. That's just one of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.
Learning More About Entrepreneurship
Successful business owners know that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.
As an entrepreneur who lives in Norfolk, Nebraska, you should get information on some of the many programs available at nearby Nebraska universities, colleges and community colleges. You should also check if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Norfolk entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.
Norfolk Entrepreneur Interviews
We're compiling a number of interviews with Norfolk entrepreneurs. Enjoy!
Most new Norfolk businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.
If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.
Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Norfolk and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Norfolk, neighborhood development and overall economic health.
More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Norfolk, Nebraska
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Norfolk.
- Resources for Norfolk, Nebraska Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Norfolk entrepreneurs.
- Nebraska Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Nebraska.
- Nebraska Small Business Development Center - Nebraska Small Business Development Centers provided start-up, management and technical assistance to Nebraska entrepreneurs and Nebraska small business owners from offices throughout the state.
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