February 16, 2020  
 
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Starting a Business in Saint Marys, Pennsylvania

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

Are You Ready for Life as an Owner?

Most new ventures don't make it, in part because the business owner did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before you open a business, consider all of the implications of being an entrepreneur.

To determine whether you have what it takes to run a business, we recommend these three steps to help you decide:

  • Grab a meal or cofee with other entrepreneurs in Saint Marys. Listen closely to their experiences and see if you think you too can be successful.
  • Take a look at The Entrepreneurial Personality. It's a short article but it's a good reality check for those are about to jump into the world of entrepreneurship.
  • Reach out to a trusted acquaintance. Ask them directly: Do I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Listen carefully to their answer, as they presumably know your strengths and weaknesses.

What Type of Business Should You Start?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading How to Evaluate a Business Idea.

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 starting a business in Saint Marys has some implications. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Saint Marys. Only by spending some time analyzing Saint Marys demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

As a new Saint Marys entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Saint Marys 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 1
Ambulance Services 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 3
Beauty Salons 8
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 3
Book Stores 1
Bowling Centers 1
Breweries 1
Building Inspection Services 1
Business Associations 1
Business to Business Electronic Markets 1
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 1
Caterers 1
Cemeteries and Crematories 1
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 4
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 1
Civic and Social Organizations 9
Construction Machinery Manufacturing 1
Consumer Lending 2
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 1
Convenience Stores 3
Court Reporting and Stenotype Services 1
Credit Unions 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Direct Title Insurance Carriers 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 8
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Educational Support Services 1
Electric Power Distribution 1
Electrical Contractors 2
Electronic Resistor Manufacturing 2
Electronic Shopping 1
Elementary and Secondary Schools 4
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Facilities Support Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 2
Family Planning Centers 1
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Florists 3
Food Service Contractors 1
Freight Transportation Arrangement 2
Full-Service Restaurants 9
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 2
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 9
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 2
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Home Centers 3
Home Health Care Services 2
Household Appliance Stores 2
Industrial Building Construction 1
Industrial Gas Manufacturing 1
Industrial Launderers 1
Industrial Mold Manufacturing 3
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 8
Internet Service Providers 1
Janitorial Services 1
Jewelry Stores 1
Landscape Architectural Services 1
Landscaping Services 2
Libraries and Archives 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 11
Logging 2
Machine Shops 15
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 1
Men's Clothing Stores 1
Metal Heat Treating 3
Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping 1
Motorcycle Dealers 1
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
Nail Salons 1
Natural Gas Distribution 2
New Car Dealers 4
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 4
Offices of Chiropractors 6
Offices of Dentists 5
Offices of Lawyers 7
Offices of Optometrists 3
Optical Goods Stores 2
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 1
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Passenger Car Rental 1
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Portfolio Management 1
Powder Metallurgy Part Manufacturing 8
Quick Printing 1
Radio Networks 1
Radio Stations 2
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Remediation Services 1
Residential Remodelers 11
Rolled Steel Shape Manufacturing 2
Sales Financing 1
Savings Institutions 2
Sawmills 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 3
Securities Brokerage 2
Shoe Stores 2
Site Preparation Contractors 6
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Solid Waste Collection 2
Sporting Goods Stores 2
Spring (Light Gauge) Manufacturing 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Temporary Help Services 1
Tire Dealers 1
Tortilla Manufacturing 1
Travel Agencies 1
Used Car Dealers 2
Used Merchandise Stores 2
Vending Machine Operators 1
Video Tape and Disc Rental 2
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 1
Women's Clothing Stores 2
Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing 3
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

As you drive around Saint Marys, you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. Is it perhaps smarter to franchise a business instead of doing it from scratch.

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

You can review hundreds of franchise opportunities by browing 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 Marys Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in Saint Marys.

What About Buying an Existing Saint Marys Business?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Pennsylvania. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Saint Marys.

If you are serious about buying a business, you may want to read this article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Naming the Business

A big decision when starting a company is choosing a company name. Believe it or not, choosing a good company name can be a big contributor to your business success.

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.

On a final note, given that you are opening a business in Saint Marys, it's imperative that you check now that no other Pennsylvania company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in Saint Marys, Pennsylvania

It's very important that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Doing so will insulate you from personal liability for business debts and obligations.

The entity you form can be a corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, partnership or other structure.

Incorporating is a very popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in Pennsylvania, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Pennsylvania. As it turns out, you can incorporate wherever you want. For example, it's very popular to incorporate in Delaware, and incorporating in Nevada has become very trendy as well. Don't forget, though, that you will have to register as a foreign entity in all states that you do business in.

There are many nuances to forming a company. To learn the fundamentals of company formation, browse articles on our site, such as Getting an EIN. You may also want to seek the advice of an attorney. Finally, if you are starting a business in Saint Marys, Pennsylvania, our information on Incorporating in Pennsylvania may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Pennsylvania.

Don't Skip the Business Plan

A business plan is vital to the health of your new business. Indeed, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Starting a business without a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. A great resource for business planning assistance is the free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Pennsylvania.

Where to Get Money to Start a Company

Getting your Saint Marys 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.

Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled Angel Investors.

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

Letting the World Know You Exist

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

You can learn quite a bit about marketing on our site. Advertising in Magazines 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.

Bring in Revenues

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

So what does it take to bring in more prospects and close more business? Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Cold Call Selling is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

Good business owners recognize that they don't know everything.

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

Never Give Up

Most new Saint Marys businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

Owning your own business will be a daunting task, but you can do it.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Saint Marys and elsewhere to achieve real success. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Saint Marys entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Saint Marys, Pennsylvania

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

 

 

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