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Opening a Business in Thomson, Illinois

Contemplating starting a business in Thomson, Illinois? We walk you through the process of opening a business in Thomson.

Will You Be a Good Entrepreneur?

Most startup ventures don't make it, in part because the founder did not have the entrepreneurial skills and traits needed 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:

  • Grab a meal or cofee with other entrepreneurs in Thomson. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
  • Take a look at Business Failure. It's a short article but it's a good reality check for those are about to jump into the world of entrepreneurship.
  • Involve a spouse, family member or trusted friend in the decision. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

Which Business to Choose?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. 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 Starting an Apartment Rental Company guide or our How to Start a Pens & Pencils Retail Business guide.

Don't forget that your new startup will be located in Thomson. If Thomson already has plenty of the kind of business you want to start, you might want to change your plans. Make sure you fully understand Thomson demographics before you lock in on your business idea.

Thomson, Illinois Demographic Information

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

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

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 Thomson Businesses

As a new Thomson entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Thomson 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
Commodity Contracts Brokerage
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
General Freight Trucking, Local
Mail-Order Houses
Marketing Consulting Services
Newspaper Publishers
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores

Is Buying an Existing Thomson Business a Good Strategy?

An excellent way to get started in business is to Buy a Business in Illinois. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Thomson.

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: How to Buy a Business.

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.

Before you decide on a company name, run it by some prospective customers and see what they think. If they don't like it, it's probably a good idea to go back to the drawing board.

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 Thomson, it's imperative that you check now that no other Illinois company is using the business name you want to use.

Raising Money for Your New Venture

Getting your Thomson 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.

On the bright side, this site contains dozens of articles on raising money, including one we recommend entitled 504 Loans.

For Thomson entrepreneurs with great ambition but a shortage of investment capital, check out our List of Illinois Angel Investors and our List of Illinois Venture Capital Firms.

Increase Your Entrepreneurial Knowledge

The best entrepreneurs recognize that they need to continually improve.

As an entrepreneur who lives in Thomson, Illinois, you will want to take advantage of the many programs available at nearby Illinois universities, colleges and community colleges. It's also worthwhile to see if there are any networking organizations for Thomson entrepreneurs.

What's Next?

Most new Thomson businesses underestimate the number of challenges they will face.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Thomson and elsewhere to achieve real success. 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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