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Starting a Business in Scotland, South Dakota

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

Scotland, South Dakota Demographic Information

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

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

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 Scotland Businesses

As a new Scotland entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Scotland 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
Beauty Salons
Bowling Centers
Child Day Care Services
Commercial Lithographic Printing
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Electrical Contractors
Family Clothing Stores
Full-Service Restaurants
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Hardware Stores
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Nursing Care Facilities
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Lawyers
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing
Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage
Residential Remodelers
School and Employee Bus Transportation
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

What About Franchising Opportunities?

Visit the business district of Scotland and it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. But is franchising the right option for you?

Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as Franchising Scams. 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 Cruise Holidays and Matco Tools. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Auto Repair Franchises and Print and Sign Franchises.

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

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.

We strongly advocate that you make sure the ".com" domain name is available for your company name. Every business needs a strong Web presence these days, and having a non ".com" domain means somebody else may outrank you in the search results for your own company name.

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

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are starting a business in Scotland, it's critical that you ensure that no other South Dakota company is using the business name you want to use.

Raising Capital for Your Startup

Getting your Scotland 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.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Choosing VC Firms.

For Scotland entrepreneurs who need startup capital, check out our List of South Dakota Angel Investors and our List of South Dakota Venture Capital Firms.

Bring in Revenues

Do you know how to sell? In order to attract customers to your new Scotland business, you need to focus on sales.

Good selling involves demonstrating that your wares meet your customer's needs. Fortunately, we've got plenty of good advice to help you improve your selling skills.

Hiring Telemarketing Firms to Generate Sales Leads is a good article to read, one of dozens in the Selling for Entrepreneurs section of our site.

Advancing Your Entrepreneurial Skills

Successful entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

Given that you are starting a business in Scotland, South Dakota, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby South Dakota universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any Scotland networking organizations.

Next Steps

As an entrepreneur in Scotland, you won't be working for the boss anymore. You are the boss.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

We are here to help Scotland businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Scotland, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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

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