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Opening a Business in San Diego, Texas

Contemplating starting a business in San Diego, Texas? We walk you through the process of opening a business in San Diego.

San Diego, Texas Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size
# of
1-4 Employees
5-9 Employees
10-19 Employees
20-49 Employees
50-99 Employees
100-249 Employees
250-499 Employees
500-999 Employees
1000+ Employees
All San Diego Businesses

As a new San Diego entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in San Diego 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
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores
Barber Shops
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores
Consumer Lending
Convenience Stores
Credit Unions
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Electrical Contractors
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
General Freight Trucking, Local
Hardware Stores
Home Health Care Services
Limited-Service Restaurants
Mobile Food Services
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Lawyers
Site Preparation Contractors
Tax Preparation Services
Tire Dealers
Uranium-Radium-Vanadium Ore Mining

Is Franchising a Better Option?

As you drive around San Diego, you'll conclude that many business owners have opted to buy a franchise, rather than starting a business on their own. Should you be giving franchising serious consideration?

We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as Credit and Franchise Purchasing. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

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

Sample franchise opportunities include Realty Executives International and United States Seamless. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Carpet Care Franchises and Leisure and Entertainment Franchises.

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

Naming the Company

A good company name can give a big boost to a new startup. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many things to consider when naming a business.

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.

Numerous company naming issues are discussed in more detail in this article: Branding Advice.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are planning on starting a business in San Diego, it's very important that you make sure your company name has not already been claimed by another Texas business.

Do You Need a Business Plan?

A business plan is vital in laying a solid foundation for your business success. In effect, 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 The Art of the Executive Summary. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Texas.

Startup Financing Basics

Raising money to fund your new San Diego business 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.

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

For San Diego entrepreneurs who want to raise money for a new venture, we have assembled a List of Texas Angel Investors and our List of Texas Venture Capital Firms.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

Successful entrepreneurs recognize that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

As an entrepreneur who lives in San Diego, Texas, you should get information on some of the learning programs at local Texas educational institutions. You should also check if there are any San Diego networking organizations.

What's Next?

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

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help San Diego businesses to be successful. 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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