August 12, 2020  
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Starting a Business in San Ysidro, California

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

Is Becoming an Entrepreneur Right for You?

Most new businesses do not succeed, in part because the founder did not have the perseverance and abilities that are necessary to succeed. So, before jumping into the world of entrepreneurship, 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 San Ysidro. Get their take on what it's really like to be 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. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

What Business Are You Starting?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read Free Business Ideas.

If you still are not sure what type of business to start, peruse 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 your new business will be in San Ysidro. Some businesses will do better in San Ysidro than others. Don't forget to review San Ysidro demographics to see if there's a market for what you want to sell.

San Ysidro, California Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 735
5-9 Employees 386
10-19 Employees 222
20-49 Employees 165
50-99 Employees 39
100-249 Employees 24
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All San Ysidro Businesses 1571

As a new San Ysidro entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in San Ysidro 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
Architectural Services 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 8
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 3
Business Associations 2
Car Washes 1
Charter Bus Industry 2
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 7
Children's and Infants' Clothing Stores 5
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Clothing Accessories Stores 2
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Commodity Contracts Dealing 11
Computer and Software Stores 1
Computer Training 1
Convenience Stores 3
Couriers 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Discount Department Stores 1
Electrical Contractors 1
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 23
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 2
Food Service Contractors 1
Footwear Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 2
Freight Transportation Arrangement 8
Full-Service Restaurants 6
Furniture Merchant Wholesalers 3
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 4
General Freight Trucking, Local 8
General Warehousing and Storage 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 3
Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers 6
Home Health Care Services 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 13
Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation 1
Investment Advice 1
Janitorial Services 3
Jewelry Stores 4
Landscaping Services 1
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 1
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 3
Limited-Service Restaurants 29
Luggage and Leather Goods Stores 1
Men's Clothing Stores 5
Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Nail Salons 1
New Car Dealers 1
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Office Administrative Services 2
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 2
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Optical Goods Stores 3
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 1
Parking Lots and Garages 8
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Portfolio Management 1
Private Mail Centers 4
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage 1
Residential Property Managers 1
Retail Bakeries 1
Sales Financing 1
Savings Institutions 2
Securities Brokerage 1
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Shoe Stores 25
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 5
Sporting Goods Stores 2
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Tax Preparation Services 7
Taxi Service 2
Telephone Answering Services 1
Temporary Help Services 1
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 2
Tobacco Stores 1
Travel Agencies 2
Used Car Dealers 2
Used Merchandise Stores 5
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 6
Women's Clothing Stores 16
Wood Window and Door Manufacturing 1

What About Franchising Opportunities?

Examine a list of San Ysidro businesses and you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. But is franchising the right option for you?

We highly recommend you consider franchising as an option. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as How Franchises Work. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

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

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

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

Is Buying an Existing San Ysidro Business a Good Strategy?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in California. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in San Ysidro.

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

Naming the Company

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: Naming a Company.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are opening a business in San Ysidro, it's imperative that you check now that no other California company is using the business name you want to use.

Forming a Company in San Ysidro, California

A critical step is ensuring that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. Among other things, forming a legal entity for the business limits your liabilities.

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. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. If you are starting a business in California, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in California. In fact, you can incorporate wherever you want. 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 should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. Finally, if you are starting a business in San Ysidro, California, our information on Incorporating in California may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in California.

Don't Forget to Create a Business Plan

Creating a business plan is essential to the health of your new business. Simply put, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Not having a business plan

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 California.

Raising Capital for Your Venture

Getting your San Ysidro business the capital it needs to succeed is not an easy task. Bootstrapping, which means growing the business without outside funding, is the best alternative, but that's not a viable option for many startup plans.

Fortunately, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled 504 Loans.

For San Ysidro entrepreneurs who need startup capital, check out our List of California Angel Investors and our List of California Venture Capital Firms.

Letting the World Know You Exist

Whether your goal is to attract San Ysidro customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, you'll need to have a good marketing plan.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Effective Direct Mail Campaigns discusses marketing strategy and tactical marketing in a way that should get you thinking about how to creatively promote your business. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

Bring in Revenues

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

Clever sales techniques can transform any business from good to great. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Closing Sales is worth reading, as it may give you some good ideas on how to sell your products or services. We have many more good articles on selling that you may enjoy reading.

Learning More About Entrepreneurship

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

As an entrepreneur who lives in San Ysidro, California, you will want to take advantage of the learning programs at local California educational institutions. It's also smart to see if there are any networking groups or organizations in which San Ysidro entrepreneurs get together to network and trade their business experiences.

Moving Forward

Most new San Ysidro 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.

We are here to help San Ysidro businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new San Ysidro entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

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