January 24, 2021  
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Starting a Business in Spooner, Wisconsin

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

Do You Have What It Takes?

Being an entrepreneur is hard work, much harder than working as an employee. Are you positive you want to start a business?

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:

  • Grab a meal or cofee with other entrepreneurs in Spooner. Get their candid feedback on what it takes to start a successful business.
  • Take a look at Starting a Company. It's a short article but it's a good reality check for those are about to jump into the world of entrepreneurship.
  • 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.

Which Business to Choose?

There are many businesses that you can start. How do you know which type of business is right for you? You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Good 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 Opening a Crafts Publications Business guide or our How to Start a Roof Structures & Trusses Wholesale & Manufacturers Business guide.

Remember that your new business will be in Spooner. If Spooner already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. A critical consideration is whether Spooner demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Spooner, Wisconsin Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 494
5-9 Employees 201
10-19 Employees 96
20-49 Employees 36
50-99 Employees 21
100-249 Employees 6
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Spooner Businesses 854

As a new Spooner entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Spooner 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
Ambulance Services 1
Amusement Arcades 1
Architectural Services 1
Art Dealers 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 4
Automotive Transmission Repair 1
Beauty Salons 2
Book Stores 1
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 3
Child Day Care Services 1
Civic and Social Organizations 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 1
Commodity Contracts Dealing 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Credit Unions 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 2
Dental Laboratories 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 15
Electrical Contractors 2
Family Clothing Stores 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Floor Covering Stores 2
Florists 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 2
Food Service Contractors 1
Full-Service Restaurants 13
Furniture Stores 2
General Automotive Repair 4
General Freight Trucking, Local 1
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hardware Stores 2
Home Health Care Services 2
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 6
Investment Advice 1
Janitorial Services 1
Landscaping Services 4
Limited-Service Restaurants 3
Logging 4
Machine Shops 1
Mail-Order Houses 1
Masonry Contractors 2
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 2
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Office Administrative Services 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 3
Offices of Lawyers 6
Offices of Optometrists 3
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 2
Pet and Pet Supplies Stores 1
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 1
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Poultry Processing 1
Professional Employer Organizations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Residential Remodelers 1
Retail Bakeries 1
Savings Institutions 1
Sawmills 1
School and Employee Bus Transportation 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Shoe Stores 1
Site Preparation Contractors 3
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 2
Sporting Goods Stores 2
Tax Preparation Services 1
Tire Dealers 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 1
Used Car Dealers 2
Veterinary Services 2

Should You Franchise?

Visit the business district of Spooner and it's apparent that franchising has become a very popular way to start a business. Is it perhaps smarter to franchise a business instead of doing it from scratch.

Our advice is to evaluate the possibility of your buying a franchise opportunity. We have many articles on franchises, such as Before Buying a Franchise. 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.

Representative franchise opportunities include Arizona Pizza Company and Foliage Design Systems. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Construction Franchises and Home Services Franchises.

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

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Spooner Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Wisconsin. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Spooner.

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

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.

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.

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 opening a business in Spooner, it's critical that you ensure that no other Wisconsin company is using the business name you want to use.

The Role of the Business Plan

Having a business plan is critical to the health of your new business. Simply put, your business plan is your game plan for how you hope to grow your business. Failure to write a business plan makes you more prone to becoming a business failure statistic.

If writing a business plan is on your to-do list, be sure to read Business Plan Contests. You should also take advantage of face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Wisconsin.

Now It's Up To You

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

If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Spooner and throughout the United States . We believe entrepreneurship is an amazing engine for job creation in Spooner, neighborhood development and overall economic health.

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