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Start a Business in Orleans, Indiana

Are you starting a business in Orleans, Indiana? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Orleans.

What Business to Start

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? We recommend that you read Good Business Ideas.

For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit the Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our How to Start a Bathroom Fixtures & Accessories Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide or our Opening a Truck Trailers Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide.

Don't forget that you are starting a business in Orleans. If Orleans already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. Study Orleans demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Orleans, Indiana Demographic Information

Orleans has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.

To give you a better feel for Orleans demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Orleans.

Business Size
# of
1-4 Employees
5-9 Employees
10-19 Employees
20-49 Employees
50-99 Employees
100-249 Employees
250-499 Employees
500-999 Employees
1000+ Employees
All Orleans Businesses

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

Business Type
# of
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores
Beauty Salons
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
Child Day Care Services
Civic and Social Organizations
Clothing Accessories Stores
Commercial Screen Printing
Computer Systems Design Services
Convenience Stores
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Electrical Contractors
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Farm Management Services
Finish Carpentry Contractors
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
General Automotive Repair
Hardware Stores
Industrial Building Construction
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Limited-Service Restaurants
Masonry Contractors
Meat Processed from Carcasses
New Car Dealers
Offices of Certified Public Accountants
Offices of Chiropractors
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Lawyers
Offices of Optometrists
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals
Site Preparation Contractors
Used Car Dealers
Veterinary Services
Video Tape and Disc Rental
Wired Telecommunications Carriers
Wood Office Furniture Manufacturing

Have You Considered Franchising?

As you drive around Orleans, you'll conclude that many business owners have opted to buy a franchise, rather than starting a business on their own. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our advice is to investigate buying a franchise. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Evaluating Franchise Opportunities. 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.

Representative franchise opportunities include Steak and Ale and Laund-UR-Mutt. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Sports Franchises and Dollar Store Franchises.

Note on Orleans Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Orleans.

Choosing a Company Name

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

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.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are opening a business in Orleans, it's very important that you make sure no other Indiana company is using the business name you want to use.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Getting your Orleans business the capital it needs to succeed will be harder than you might expect. If you don't have a rich uncle to fund you, you'll need to be creative in how you approach your fundraising efforts.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Find Start-Up Capital.

For Orleans entrepreneurs who want to raise money for a new venture, check out our List of Indiana Angel Investors and our List of Indiana Venture Capital Firms.

Bring in Revenues

Being able to sell is critical to your business success. Whether you are focused on selling local customers in Orleans or are selling to customers throughout Indiana, the United States or even the world, you have to be able to sell.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Closing Sales Techniques 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.

What's Next?

You have a dream -- starting a business in Orleans. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

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

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