January 18, 2021  
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Start a Business in Pasadena, Texas

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

Are You Sure You Want to Do This?

Running your own business is difficult, much more challenging than working as an employee. Are you sure you have the stamina and skills to succeed on your own?

Here are three things we recommend you do before you fully commit to starting a new business of your own.

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Pasadena. 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.

What Type of Business Should You Start?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Free Business Ideas.

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 Opening an Industrial Equipment Rental & Leasing Business guide or our Starting a Lawn & Garden Sprinklers Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide.

Always keep in mind that starting a business in Pasadena has some implications. Some businesses will do better in Pasadena than others. A critical consideration is whether Pasadena demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Pasadena, Texas Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 8721
5-9 Employees 4389
10-19 Employees 3141
20-49 Employees 2250
50-99 Employees 918
100-249 Employees 549
250-499 Employees 108
500-999 Employees 18
1000+ Employees 18
All Pasadena Businesses 20112

As a new Pasadena entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Pasadena 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
Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 2
Architectural Services 2
Automobile Driving Schools 1
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 3
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 5
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 33
Automotive Transmission Repair 5
Baked Goods Stores 2
Barber Shops 3
Beauty Salons 25
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 6
Blood and Organ Banks 2
Boat Building 1
Boat Dealers 1
Book Publishers 2
Book Stores 4
Bowling Centers 1
Broadwoven Fabric Finishing Mills 1
Building Inspection Services 2
Business and Secretarial Schools 1
Business Associations 1
Cafeterias 4
Car Washes 8
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 3
Caterers 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Child and Youth Services 2
Child Day Care Services 30
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 7
Clothing Accessories Stores 4
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 3
Commercial Lithographic Printing 5
Commercial Screen Printing 2
Computer and Software Stores 2
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Computer Systems Design Services 1
Consumer Lending 12
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 10
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 1
Cosmetology and Barber Schools 1
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 1
Credit Unions 10
Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins 3
Custom Computer Programming Services 4
Dental Laboratories 5
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 4
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 1
Discount Department Stores 2
Display Advertising 1
Document Preparation Services 1
Drafting Services 1
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 13
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 4
Educational Support Services 2
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 10
Electronic Shopping 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 7
Employment Placement Agencies 1
Engineering Services 14
Environmental Consulting Services 3
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 9
Family Clothing Stores 9
Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 1
Fine Arts Schools 3
Finish Carpentry Contractors 5
Fish and Seafood Markets 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 4
Floor Covering Stores 3
Florists 4
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 6
Food Service Contractors 1
Formal Wear and Costume Rental 1
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 2
Framing Contractors 5
Freight Transportation Arrangement 6
Frozen Specialty Food Manufacturing 1
Full-Service Restaurants 52
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 3
Furniture Stores 8
General Automotive Repair 33
General Freight Trucking, Local 9
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3
General Rental Centers 4
General Warehousing and Storage 3
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 5
Glass and Glazing Contractors 2
Grantmaking Foundations 2
Graphic Design Services 3
Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing 2
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 2
Hardware Stores 7
Hazardous Waste Collection 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 5
Home Centers 2
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 1
Home Health Care Services 8
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 3
Human Rights Organizations 1
Industrial Building Construction 1
Industrial Gas Manufacturing 4
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 1
Industrial Pattern Manufacturing 1
Industrial Valve Manufacturing 1
Inland Water Passenger Transportation 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 33
Interior Design Services 1
Investigation Services 1
Investment Advice 1
Janitorial Services 17
Jewelry Stores 13
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 3
Landscaping Services 9
Language Schools 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 5
Limited-Service Restaurants 90
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 2
Machine Shops 10
Marinas 1
Marine Cargo Handling 3
Masonry Contractors 1
Meat Markets 5
Medicinal and Botanical Manufacturing 1
Men's Clothing Stores 3
Miscellaneous Intermediation 3
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 3
Motion Picture and Video Production 1
Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 3
Motorcycle Dealers 3
Musical Groups and Artists 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 2
Nail Salons 1
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 4
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 5
Office Administrative Services 4
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 4
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 11
Offices of Chiropractors 15
Offices of Dentists 55
Offices of Lawyers 20
Offices of Optometrists 12
Offices of Podiatrists 5
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 3
Optical Goods Stores 6
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 2
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing 1
Paint and Coating Manufacturing 2
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 4
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 7
Paper (except Newsprint) Mills 1
Passenger Car Rental 2
Payroll Services 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 4
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 2
Petrochemical Manufacturing 2
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 3
Petroleum Refineries 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 17
Phosphatic Fertilizer Manufacturing 1
Photography Studios, Portrait 10
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 1
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 1
Plate Work Manufacturing 1
Portfolio Management 1
Precision Turned Product Manufacturing 1
Quick Printing 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 5
Record Production 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Remediation Services 3
Residential Property Managers 11
Residential Remodelers 4
Retail Bakeries 3
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 2
Savings Institutions 3
Securities Brokerage 4
Security Guards and Patrol Services 6
Sewage Treatment Facilities 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Shoe Stores 16
Siding Contractors 1
Sign Manufacturing 2
Site Preparation Contractors 6
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 14
Solid Waste Collection 1
Solid Waste Landfill 2
Special Needs Transportation 1
Sporting Goods Stores 7
Sports and Recreation Instruction 8
Surface Active Agent Manufacturing 2
Synthetic Rubber Manufacturing 3
Tax Preparation Services 11
Taxi Service 3
Telecommunications Resellers 3
Telemarketing Bureaus 2
Telephone Answering Services 2
Temporary Help Services 20
Temporary Shelters 1
Testing Laboratories 7
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire Dealers 8
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Tobacco Stores 1
Tortilla Manufacturing 1
Travel Agencies 4
Used Car Dealers 21
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Used Merchandise Stores 11
Veterinary Services 11
Video Tape and Disc Rental 9
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 3
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 8
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 6
Women's Clothing Stores 15
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1
Zoos and Botanical Gardens 1

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

As you drive around Pasadena, you'll see that franchises make up a large percentage of local businesses. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our advice is to consider franchising as an option. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchising My Business. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include Regent International Hotels and Bath Fitter. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Specialty Foods Franchises and Family Restaurant Franchises.

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

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

A business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Indeed, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Reasons to Write a Business Plan. You should also take advantage of free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Texas.

Marketing Your New Business

To grow your Pasadena business, you need a great marketing plan.

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Avoiding Bad Product Launches is an article that will stimulate a few thoughts on your marketing plan. That's just a sampling of the many useful articles we have on Marketing a Small Business.

Next Steps

As an entrepreneur in Pasadena, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

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

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