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Start a Business in South China, Maine

Are you starting a business in South China, Maine? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in South China.

Do You Have Entrepreneurial Drive and Passion?

Most new businesses don't make it, in part because the business owner 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.

With so much at stake when you start a business, we strongly recommend you do the following before you proceed:

  • Speak with other entrepreneurs in South China. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • You should read Starting a Company. It's a good read for those who are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Talk it over with a close friend or partner. 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.

What Type of Business Should You Start?

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

For step-by-step instructions on starting a variety of business types, visit 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 South China. The business you want to start may already be well-represented in South China. A critical consideration is whether South China demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

South China, Maine Demographic Information

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

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

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 South China Businesses

As a new South China entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in South China 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
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners
Commercial Screen Printing
Computer Systems Design Services
Curtain and Drapery Mills
Electrical Contractors
Electronic Shopping
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Finish Carpentry Contractors
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
Freight Transportation Arrangement
General Automotive Repair
General Freight Trucking, Local
Heating Oil Dealers
Landscaping Services
Machine Shops
Meat Markets
New Car Dealers
Newspaper Publishers
Offices of Bank Holding Companies
Offices of Lawyers
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
Portfolio Management
Residential Property Managers
Residential Remodelers
Siding Contractors
Site Preparation Contractors
Support Activities for Forestry
Used Car Dealers
Video Tape and Disc Rental
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers
Wired Telecommunications Carriers

Is a Franchise Opportunity Right For You?

Browse the Yellow Pages for South China and you may be surprised to see how many franchises there are in the area. Should you be giving franchising serious consideration?

Our recommendation is that you consider franchising as an option. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as Before Buying a Franchise. 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 South China Franchise Opportunities: You will need to contact franchisors directly to see if their franchises are available in South China.

Naming the Business

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.

Company names should be fun to say, and they should help people to understand what you do and how you differentiate yourself in the market.

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

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

Building Up Your Sales

Mastering the art of selling is essential if you want your new South China business to do well.

Why should customers buy from you instead of buying from competitors? The good news is we can help you to make selling a big competitve advantage for your new firm.

Effective Sales Presentations offers some helpful tips on how to sell. It's one of several good articles on our site regarding Entrepreneurial Selling.

Now It's Up To You

Most new South China 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 South China businesses to be successful. We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in South China, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in South China, Maine

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

  • Resources for South China, Maine Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist South China entrepreneurs.
  • Maine Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Maine.
  • Maine Small Business Development Center - Maine Small Business Development Centers and its technology-focused group, the Maine Small Business & Technology Development Centers, provide comprehensive business management assistance, training, resource and information services to Maine's entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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