January 15, 2021  
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  Warsaw, Virginia Resources for Entrepreneurs  
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Starting a Business in Warsaw, Virginia

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

Is Becoming a Business Owner Right for You?

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

While entrepreneurship has become a popular career choice, we recommend you do the following before you take the plunge:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Warsaw. Get their take on what it's really like to be an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Should You Become an Entrepreneur?. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Have a candid conversation with friends and family. That's the best way to get a truly objective assessment as to whether others think you have what it takes.

Which Business to Choose?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. You might get some good ideas about what kind of business to start by reading Good Business Ideas.

For in-depth how-to guides on how to start specific businesses, browse our Good Businesses to Start section of our site. For example, you might be interested in our Starting a Business Development Business guide or our How to Start a Mufflers & Exhaust Systems Retail Business guide.

Remember that your new business will be in Warsaw. Some businesses will do better in Warsaw than others. A critical consideration is whether Warsaw demographics mesh well with your startup concept.

Warsaw, Virginia Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 2656
5-9 Employees 1224
10-19 Employees 456
20-49 Employees 288
50-99 Employees 72
100-249 Employees 48
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Warsaw Businesses 4744

As a new Warsaw entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Warsaw 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 3
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Automotive Glass Replacement Shops 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Automotive Transmission Repair 1
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 1
Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers 3
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 1
Boat Dealers 1
Building Inspection Services 1
Business Associations 1
Child Day Care Services 2
Civic and Social Organizations 3
Clothing Accessories Stores 1
Computer and Software Stores 1
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Consumer Lending 2
Couriers 1
Electric Power Distribution 2
Electrical Contractors 1
Emergency and Other Relief Services 1
Family Clothing Stores 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1
Fish and Seafood Markets 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 2
Flooring Contractors 1
Florists 3
Full-Service Restaurants 4
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 1
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Hardware Merchant Wholesalers 1
Hardware Stores 1
Home Health Care Services 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Household Appliance Stores 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 2
Jewelry Stores 1
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Landscaping Services 2
Limited-Service Restaurants 4
Logging 1
Masonry Contractors 1
Nonresidential Property Managers 1
Nursing Care Facilities 2
Office Administrative Services 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 1
Offices of Chiropractors 1
Offices of Dentists 2
Offices of Lawyers 6
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 1
Radio Stations 1
Residential Property Managers 1
Residential Remodelers 6
Sawmills 2
Site Preparation Contractors 2
Tire Dealers 2
Title Abstract and Settlement Offices 2
Truss Manufacturing 2
Used Car Dealers 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 9
Women's Clothing Stores 1
Wood Preservation 1

Picking a Business Name

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 Business.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are planning on starting a business in Warsaw, it's imperative that you check now that no Virginia company has already registered the company name you have selected.

Do You Need a Business Plan?

A business plan is essential in laying a solid foundation for your business success. Indeed, a business plan describes what you plan to do with the business and how you plan to do it. Not having a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

To learn more about business plans, read Free Business Plan Templates. A great resource for business planning assistance is the face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in Virginia.

Marketing Your New Venture

Whether your goal is to attract Warsaw customers or you plan on selling elsewhere, having an excellent marketing plan is fundamental to your doing well.

There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Making the Most of Trade Shows 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 a must if you want your new Warsaw business to do well.

Good selling involves demonstrating that your wares meet your customer's needs. Let us help you refine your selling techniques through our many useful sales advice tips.

Effective Sales Presentations 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.

Moving Forward

Most new Warsaw 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.

Our goal here is to promote the vitality and growth of small businesses in Warsaw and throughout the United States . We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Warsaw entrepreneur who is just getting started or you are already up and running with your new venture.

More Entrepreneurial Resources for Starting a Business in Warsaw, Virginia

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