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Start a Business in Washington, Missouri
Are you starting a business in Washington, Missouri? This article discusses the most important things to consider when opening a business in Washington.
What Business to 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 Free 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 Opening a Conveyor Belting & Belting Supplies Dealers Business guide or our Opening a Fine Art Artists Business guide.
Remember that your new business will be in Washington. Think about what needs are currently being underserved in Washington. Make sure you fully understand Washington demographics before you lock in on your business idea.
Washington, Missouri Demographic Information
Washington has an active business community that includes small businesses, mid-sized businesses and large businesses.
To give you a better feel for Washington demographics for small businesses, we have tabulated the small business sizes, based on number of employees, for business in Washington.
As a new Washington entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Washington 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.
Have You Considered Franchising?
Browse the Yellow Pages for Washington and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Is franchising maybe a better way for you to start your business?
Our recommendation is that you investigate buying a franchise. We have many articles on franchises, such as Franchise Versus Business Opportunity. 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 Tim Hortons and Cardsmart Retail Corporation. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Asian Restaurant Franchises and Environmental Testing Franchises.
Note on Washington Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Washington, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.
Have You Considered Buying an Existing Washington Business?
We've created a useful website page for those who want to Buy a Business in Missouri. Follow that link and you may find several good businesses for sale in Washington.
For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Buying a Business.
Raising Money for Your New Venture
Getting your Washington business the capital it needs to succeed is a difficult chore. In fact, financing your new business may be the hardest challenge you ever face.
Take advantage of our many articles on finding startup capital, such as Microlending as a Small Business Funding Source.
Getting the Word Out About Your New Business
To rise above the crowd in Washington and grow your business, you need a solid marketing plan.
There are myriad resources on this site to help you with your marketing plan. Facebook Advertising is a good read to get your marketing ideas flowing. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.
Now It's Up To You
You have a dream -- starting a business in Washington. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.
If you choose the right business and love what you do, you will greatly increase your odds of success.
We are here to help Washington businesses to be successful. We want to be there for you to answer your business questions, whether you are a new Washington 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 Washington, Missouri
Here are more links that we believe will help you be successful in starting a business in Washington.
- Resources for Washington, Missouri Entrepreneurs - Browse a variety of resources we've collected to assist Washington entrepreneurs.
- Missouri Entrepreneurial Resources - We've gathered state-level entrepreneurial resources to help new entrepreneurs who are based in Missouri.
- Missouri Small Business Development Center - Missouri Small Business Development Center business specialists are uniquely qualified to help small businesses get started, develop and thrive.
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