January 23, 2021  
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  Rawlins, Wyoming Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in Rawlins, Wyoming

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

Will You Be a Successful Entrepreneur?

An entrepreneurial life is difficult, much more arduous than working as an employee. Are you sure you are ready to take on this challenge?

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 Rawlins. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

What Type of Business Should You 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 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 Construction Trusses Wholesale & Manufacture Business guide or our Opening a Public Health & Safety Business guide.

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

Rawlins, Wyoming Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 561
5-9 Employees 192
10-19 Employees 102
20-49 Employees 66
50-99 Employees 15
100-249 Employees 3
250-499 Employees 3
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Rawlins Businesses 942

As a new Rawlins entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Rawlins 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
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beauty Salons 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Book Stores 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Car Washes 1
Child Day Care Services 3
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Collection Agencies 1
Community Food Services 2
Computer and Software Stores 1
Convenience Stores 1
Convention and Trade Show Organizers 1
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Couriers 1
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 1
Credit Unions 1
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 1
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 3
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 8
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 3
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Facilities Support Services 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 2
Floor Covering Stores 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 1
Full-Service Restaurants 15
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 5
General Freight Trucking, Local 7
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Hardware Stores 1
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Home Health Equipment Rental 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 5
Internet Service Providers 1
Janitorial Services 1
Jewelry Stores 1
Landscaping Services 2
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 3
Metal Household Furniture Manufacturing 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 2
Museums 1
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 4
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 5
Offices of Lawyers 14
Offices of Optometrists 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 3
Radio Stations 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Remodelers 2
Rooming and Boarding Houses 1
Securities Brokerage 2
Siding Contractors 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 2
Solid Waste Collection 2
Sporting Goods Stores 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Tire Dealers 2
Tobacco Stores 1
Uranium-Radium-Vanadium Ore Mining 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 3

Do You Need a Business Plan?

Creating a business plan is essential to the health of your new business. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Not having a business plan

If writing a business plan is on your to-do list, be sure to read Business Presentations. You should also take advantage of free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Wyoming.

Getting the Word Out About Your New Company

To rise above the crowd in Rawlins and advance your business, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your business achieving its goals.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. How to Write a Marketing Plan 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.

Increase Your Entrepreneurial Knowledge

Successful entrepreneurs know that they need to continually improve.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Rawlins, Wyoming, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Wyoming universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also beneficial to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which Rawlins entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

What's Next?

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Rawlins and elsewhere to achieve real success. We have a wealth of experience in business start-ups, financing, marketing, sales and more...and we've made all of our knowledge available to you.

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