April 10, 2020  
 
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  Saint Francisville, Louisiana Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in Saint Francisville, Louisiana

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

Do You Have What It Takes?

Most new businesses do not succeed, in part because the entrepreneur did not have the entrepreneurial skills and traits needed 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 Saint Francisville. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • 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. A support network of family and friends can be a great sounding board for good advice before you decide for sure to go into business.

Choosing the Right Company to Start

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. We recommend that you read Free Business Ideas.

To view an extensive list of business types, complete with startup instructions, spend some time in the 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.

Remember that you are starting a business in Saint Francisville. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Saint Francisville. Make sure you fully understand Saint Francisville demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

As a new Saint Francisville entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Saint Francisville 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
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Bed-and-Breakfast Inns 4
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Caterers 1
Child Day Care Services 2
Computer Systems Design Services 1
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 2
Credit Unions 1
Cut Stock, Resawing Lumber, and Planing 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1
Electric Power Distribution 2
Electrical Contractors 3
Employment Placement Agencies 1
Fish and Seafood Markets 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Florists 1
Food Service Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 11
General Automotive Repair 2
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 4
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Historical Sites 2
Home Centers 1
Ice Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 4
Interior Design Services 1
Investment Advice 1
Janitorial Services 1
Jewelry Stores 2
Land Subdivision 1
Landscaping Services 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 6
Machine Shops 1
New Car Dealers 3
Nuclear Electric Power Generation 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 5
Offices of Lawyers 6
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 1
Paper (except Newsprint) Mills 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 3
Securities Brokerage 1
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Support Activities for Forestry 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Telecommunications Resellers 1
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Veterinary Services 3
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 1

Have You Considered Franchising?

Visit the business district of Saint Francisville and it becomes clear that purchasing a franchise is a common way to get started as an entrepreneur. But is franchising the right option for you?

Most business experts recommend that you look into purchasing a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Evaluating Franchise Opportunities. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

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

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 Francisville Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Saint Francisville.

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Saint Francisville Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Louisiana. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Saint Francisville.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: Buying a Business.

Naming the Company

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.

Before you decide on a company name, run it by some prospective customers and see what they think. If they don't like it, it's probably a good idea to go back to the drawing board.

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

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are starting a business in Saint Francisville, it's imperative that you check now that no other Louisiana company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Saint Francisville, Louisiana

A critical step is ensuring that you form your business as a legal structure. Doing so will separate you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

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

Incorporating is a very common way to legally create a business entity. A key decision is whether to form and S-Corp or a C-Corp, and you also must decide in which state you will incorporate. If you are starting a business in Louisiana, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Louisiana. In fact, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. 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 Nevada Incorporation. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Saint Francisville, Louisiana, our information on Incorporating in Louisiana may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Louisiana.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

Having a business plan is essential in maximizing the prospects of your new company. Simply put, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Failure to write a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

Before you start writing a business plan, we suggest you skim Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Louisiana.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Getting your Saint Francisville business the capital it needs to succeed requires strong organization skills and perseverance. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

Take advantage of our many articles on raising capital, such as Realistic Debt Financing Options.

For Saint Francisville entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, we have assembled a List of Louisiana Angel Investors and our List of Louisiana Venture Capital Firms.

Getting the Word Out About Your New Company

To rise above the crowd in Saint Francisville and build your business, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

You can learn a ton about marketing on our site. Newspaper Advertising Costs 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.

Building Up Your Sales

Mastering the art of selling is priority one if you want your new Saint Francisville business to do well.

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.

Landing Big Customers offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

The best business owners recognize that they need to continually improve.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Saint Francisville, Louisiana, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Louisiana universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any Saint Francisville networking organizations.

Now It's Up To You

Most new Saint Francisville 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.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Saint Francisville 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 Francisville, Louisiana

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

 

 

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Raising Money

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Customer Service Tips

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