August 2, 2020  
 
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Starting a Business in Saint Augustine, Florida

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

Is Becoming an Entrepreneur Right for You?

Before you get too far along in the process, take inventory of your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

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 Saint Augustine. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Why Small Businesses Fail. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Get feedback from somebody whom you trust. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

What Type of Business Should You Start?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. 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 Starting a Dance Club guide or our Starting a Tatoo Parlor guide.

Don't forget that Saint Augustine is the place where you are starting a business. Some businesses will do better in Saint Augustine than others. Don't forget to review Saint Augustine demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

As a new Saint Augustine entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Saint Augustine 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
Businesses
Advertising Agencies 5
Air Traffic Control 1
Aluminum Extruded Product Manufacturing 3
Amusement and Theme Parks 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 2
Architectural Services 9
Art Dealers 13
Automobile Manufacturing 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 5
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 10
Automotive Transmission Repair 3
Baked Goods Stores 3
Barber Shops 3
Beauty Salons 25
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 19
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 8
Blood and Organ Banks 1
Boat Building 3
Boat Dealers 10
Book Publishers 1
Book Stores 7
Bowling Centers 1
Building Inspection Services 5
Business Associations 3
Business to Business Electronic Markets 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Cafeterias 3
Camera and Photographic Supplies Stores 3
Canvas and Related Product Mills 2
Car Washes 12
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 2
Caterers 4
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Charter Bus Industry 1
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 13
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 5
Civic and Social Organizations 5
Claims Adjusting 2
Clothing Accessories Stores 6
Coffee and Tea Manufacturing 1
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 8
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 4
Commercial Screen Printing 4
Computer and Software Stores 1
Computer Systems Design Services 9
Computer Training 2
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 1
Confectionery and Nut Stores 3
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Consumer Lending 4
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 13
Convention and Visitors Bureaus 1
Couriers 3
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 6
Credit Bureaus 2
Credit Unions 2
Curtain and Drapery Mills 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 15
Dental Laboratories 4
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 1
Diet and Weight Reducing Centers 1
Digital Printing 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 6
Discount Department Stores 2
Document Preparation Services 4
Drafting Services 2
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 16
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 10
Educational Support Services 2
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 23
Electronic Shopping 2
Elementary and Secondary Schools 6
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Employment Placement Agencies 5
Engineering Services 17
Environmental Consulting Services 11
Exam Preparation and Tutoring 2
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 14
Facilities Support Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 27
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fine Arts Schools 4
Finish Carpentry Contractors 34
Fish and Seafood Markets 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 14
Flight Training 2
Floor Covering Stores 5
Flooring Contractors 4
Florists 6
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 4
Food Service Contractors 4
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Framing Contractors 7
Freight Transportation Arrangement 5
Fresh and Frozen Seafood Processing 1
Fruit and Vegetable Markets 6
Full-Service Restaurants 122
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 1
Furniture Stores 10
General Automotive Repair 20
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 4
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 42
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 5
Graphic Design Services 2
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 2
Hardware Stores 5
Heating Oil Dealers 1
Historical Sites 3
HMO Medical Centers 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 3
Home Centers 1
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 2
Home Health Care Services 7
Home Health Equipment Rental 3
Homes for the Elderly 7
Household Appliance Stores 2
Human Rights Organizations 1
Industrial Design Services 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 32
Interior Design Services 3
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 1
Internet Service Providers 1
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 1
Investigation Services 4
Investment Advice 7
Janitorial Services 19
Jewelry Stores 20
Kidney Dialysis Centers 2
Land Subdivision 9
Landscape Architectural Services 6
Landscaping Services 45
Lead Pencil and Art Good Manufacturing 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 81
Locksmiths 2
Logging 1
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 2
Machine Shops 5
Mail-Order Houses 8
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 2
Marinas 2
Marketing Consulting Services 16
Masonry Contractors 19
Meat Markets 3
Media Representatives 1
Medical Laboratories 4
Men's Clothing Stores 7
Metal Household Furniture Manufacturing 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Mobile Food Services 1
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 13
Motion Picture and Video Production 3
Motor Vehicle Towing 4
Motorcycle Dealers 3
Museums 9
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
Musical Instrument Manufacturing 1
Nail Salons 2
New Car Dealers 15
New Housing Operative Builders 9
Newspaper Publishers 2
Nonresidential Property Managers 3
Nursing Care Facilities 5
Office Administrative Services 13
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 3
Offices of Bank Holding Companies 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 20
Offices of Chiropractors 8
Offices of Dentists 22
Offices of Lawyers 44
Offices of Optometrists 7
Offices of Other Holding Companies 2
Offices of Podiatrists 4
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 14
Ophthalmic Goods Merchant Wholesalers 1
Optical Goods Stores 4
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 3
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 3
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 27
Parking Lots and Garages 6
Passenger Car Rental 2
Payroll Services 3
Periodical Publishers 4
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 2
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 2
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 8
Photography Studios, Portrait 6
Plate Work Manufacturing 1
Portfolio Management 1
Private Mail Centers 3
Professional Employer Organizations 3
Professional Organizations 1
Public Relations Agencies 1
Quick Printing 3
Radio Stations 3
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 4
Real Estate Credit 14
Recreational Goods Rental 3
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 2
Residential Property Managers 12
Residential Remodelers 29
Retail Bakeries 1
Roofing Contractors 13
Sales Financing 2
Satellite Telecommunications 1
Savings Institutions 3
Sawmills 1
Securities Brokerage 11
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 2
Shellfish Fishing 1
Shoe Stores 24
Siding Contractors 5
Sign Manufacturing 3
Site Preparation Contractors 12
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 19
Solid Waste Collection 5
Sound Recording Studios 1
Sporting Goods Stores 15
Sports and Recreation Instruction 7
Tax Preparation Services 9
Taxi Service 1
Telecommunications Resellers 2
Television Broadcasting 1
Temporary Help Services 10
Temporary Shelters 2
Testing Laboratories 1
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 3
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 17
Tire Dealers 5
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 5
Tobacco Stores 1
Travel Agencies 6
Truss Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 5
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 2
Used Merchandise Stores 18
Vending Machine Operators 4
Veterinary Services 13
Video Tape and Disc Rental 4
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 2
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems 2
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 12
Window Treatment Stores 2
Wineries 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 6
Women's Clothing Stores 25

Should You Franchise?

Examine a list of Saint Augustine businesses and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Would going with a franchise be a good idea for you?

Most business experts recommend that you consider franchising as an option. To help you learn more about franchising, we've gathered a ton of articles on franchising, including Multi-Unit Franchising. Get a thorough education on franchising by browsing all of our Articles on Franchising.

A comprehensive list of franchisors is available via our List of Franchise Opportunities.

Sample franchise opportunities include Subway Franchises and Starbucks Franchises. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Accounting Franchises and Moving Franchises.

Note on Saint Augustine Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Saint Augustine, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

Is Buying an Existing Saint Augustine Business a Good Strategy?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Florida. Follow that link and you might discover several good businesses for sale in Saint Augustine.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: How to Buy a Business.

Naming the Business

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.

Pick a company name that isn't too generic. If you do a search engine search for your proposed name and a billion results come up, you may want to reconsider the name. It's much easier to come up in the search engines when your name is fairly unique.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Company.

On a final note, given that you are opening a business in Saint Augustine, it's very important that you make sure no other Florida company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Saint Augustine, Florida

It's essential that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. The main advantage of forming your new business as a legal entity is that it separates your business liabilities from your personal liabilities.

The entity you form can be a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporation is a very common way to legally create a business entity. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in Florida, it doesn't mean you are required to incorporate in Florida. In fact, you can incorporate in the state of your choosing. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

There are many nuances to forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Avoiding Personal Liability in Business. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in Saint Augustine, Florida, our information on Incorporating in Florida may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Florida.

Do You Need a Business Plan?

Creating a business plan is vital in maximizing the prospects of your new company. 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

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You can also get free counseling sessions provided by your local SCORE chapter in Florida.

Getting Money to Start a Business

Getting your Saint Augustine business the capital it needs to succeed requires strong organization skills and perseverance. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

On the bright side, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled 504 Loans.

For Saint Augustine entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, browse our List of Florida Angel Investors and our List of Florida Venture Capital Firms.

Marketing Your New Business

Whether your goal is to attract Saint Augustine 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. Creating a Press Kit is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

How to Sell

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

Good selling involves demonstrating that your wares meet your customer's needs. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

The Art of Customer Referrals is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

The best entrepreneurs recognize that they don't know everything.

With your business being located in Saint Augustine, Florida, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local Florida educational institutions. It's also smart to see if there are any networking organizations for Saint Augustine entrepreneurs.

Moving Forward

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Saint Augustine 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.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Saint Augustine, Florida

Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Saint Augustine.

  • Resources for Saint Augustine, Florida Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Saint Augustine entrepreneurs.
  • Florida Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Florida.
  • Florida Small Business Development Center - The Florida Small Business Development Center Network (FSBDCN) is a statewide economic development partnership between higher education and other stakeholder organizations dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and established businesses with the assistance needed to start, grow and succeed, contributing to the Florida economy.
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