August 11, 2020  
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Open a Business in Waycross, Georgia

Need help starting a business in Waycross, Georgia? We've got the information you need to open a business in Waycross.

What Business Are You Starting?

Choosing a business that is right for you is very important. To stir your creative juices on what kind of business to start, take a look at Evaluating Your Idea.

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 an Insulation Materials Dealers Business guide or our How to Start a Traffic Reports Business guide.

Remember that you are starting a business in Waycross. Some businesses will do better in Waycross than others. Study Waycross demographics and do a competitive analysis as part of your startup planning process.

Waycross, Georgia Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 1456
5-9 Employees 690
10-19 Employees 453
20-49 Employees 234
50-99 Employees 75
100-249 Employees 39
250-499 Employees 12
500-999 Employees 3
1000+ Employees 0
All Waycross Businesses 2962

As a new Waycross entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Waycross 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
Advertising Agencies 1
Ambulance Services 2
Amusement Arcades 1
Appliance Repair and Maintenance 1
Architectural Services 2
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 2
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 9
Automotive Transmission Repair 1
Baked Goods Stores 1
Beauty Salons 9
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Boat Building 1
Boat Dealers 1
Book Stores 3
Broadwoven Fabric Mills 1
Business Associations 3
Cable and Other Program Distribution 1
Cafeterias 1
Car Washes 1
Caterers 2
Cemeteries and Crematories 2
Child Day Care Services 9
Civic and Social Organizations 4
Claims Adjusting 1
Clothing Accessories Stores 2
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 1
Collection Agencies 1
Commercial Lithographic Printing 2
Computer and Software Stores 1
Computer Facilities Management Services 1
Computer Systems Design Services 1
Concrete Block and Brick Manufacturing 4
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers 1
Consumer Lending 7
Continuing Care Retirement Communities 2
Convenience Stores 4
Couriers 4
Credit Unions 2
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Dental Laboratories 1
Diagnostic Imaging Centers 1
Direct Life Insurance Carriers 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 1
Electric Power Distribution 3
Electrical Contractors 9
Electronic Shopping 1
Engineering Services 2
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 3
Family Clothing Stores 4
Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1
Fine Arts Schools 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 2
Fish and Seafood Markets 2
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 7
Floor Covering Stores 3
Flooring Contractors 4
Florists 4
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 2
Food Service Contractors 4
Framing Contractors 2
Full-Service Restaurants 20
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services 4
Furniture Stores 5
General Automotive Repair 15
General Freight Trucking, Local 6
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1
General Rental Centers 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 1
Glass and Glazing Contractors 2
Grantmaking Foundations 1
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Stores 3
Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal 1
Hobby, Toy, and Game Stores 2
Home Centers 2
Home Health Care Services 8
Home Health Equipment Rental 1
Homes for the Elderly 1
Ice Manufacturing 1
Industrial Building Construction 1
Industrial Gas Manufacturing 1
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 19
Investigation Services 2
Janitorial Services 4
Jewelry Stores 4
Kidney Dialysis Centers 1
Land Subdivision 3
Landscape Architectural Services 1
Landscaping Services 8
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 38
Limousine Service 1
Logging 9
Machine Shops 3
Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers 5
Masonry Contractors 2
Materials Recovery Facilities 1
Mattress Manufacturing 1
Meat Processed from Carcasses 1
Medical Laboratories 2
Men's Clothing Stores 3
Metal Window and Door Manufacturing 1
Miscellaneous Intermediation 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
Motorcycle Dealers 2
Museums 2
Musical Instrument and Supplies Stores 1
Nail Salons 1
Natural Gas Distribution 1
New Car Dealers 5
Newspaper Publishers 2
Nursing Care Facilities 3
Office Administrative Services 2
Office Equipment Merchant Wholesalers 1
Office Supplies and Stationery Stores 2
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 7
Offices of Chiropractors 7
Offices of Dentists 11
Offices of Lawyers 23
Offices of Optometrists 5
Offices of Podiatrists 1
Offices of Real Estate Appraisers 2
Optical Goods Stores 4
Outdoor Power Equipment Stores 2
Packaging and Labeling Services 1
Paging 2
Paint and Wallpaper Stores 2
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 3
Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 12
Photography Studios, Portrait 4
Political Organizations 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 2
Real Estate Credit 3
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Remodelers 6
Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 1
Roofing Contractors 3
Rooming and Boarding Houses 1
Savings Institutions 5
Securities Brokerage 4
Security Guards and Patrol Services 1
Setup Paperboard Box Manufacturing 1
Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing 1
Shoe Stores 5
Siding Contractors 1
Sign Manufacturing 1
Site Preparation Contractors 1
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 1
Solid Waste Collection 1
Sporting Goods Stores 5
Sports and Recreation Instruction 2
Tax Preparation Services 4
Taxi Service 1
Telephone Answering Services 1
Temporary Help Services 3
Timber Tract Operations 1
Tire and Tube Merchant Wholesalers 2
Tire Dealers 5
Tobacco Stores 2
Tour Operators 1
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing 1
Used Car Dealers 14
Used Household and Office Goods Moving 1
Used Merchandise Stores 6
Vending Machine Operators 1
Veterinary Services 4
Video Tape and Disc Rental 3
Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters 1
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers 3
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 3
Women's Clothing Stores 3

Is Franchising a Better Option?

As you drive around Waycross, you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. Is there a franchise opportunity out there that makes sense for you?

Our recommendation is that you investigate buying a franchise. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Five Franchise Opportunities To Watch. Gain a solid understanding of franchising by scanning all of our Articles on Franchising.

You can review hundreds of franchise opportunities by browing our Franchise Directory.

Representative franchise opportunities include Budget Framer and ALP Services. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Bookstore Franchises and Deli Restaurant Franchises.

Note on Waycross Franchise Opportunities: To find out if a franchise you are interested in is available in Waycross, you will need to get in direct contact with the franchisor.

What About Buying an Existing Waycross Business?

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

Before buying a business, be sure to read this article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

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.

We strongly advocate that you make sure the ".com" domain name is available for your company name. Every business needs a strong Web presence these days, and having a non ".com" domain means somebody else may outrank you in the search results for your own company name.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Branding Advice.

There's one other important factor when naming a business. Since you are starting a business in Waycross, it's very important that you make sure your company name has not already been claimed by another Georgia business.

Make Sure You Have a Business Plan

A business plan is critical 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. Failure to write a business plan is a recipe for disaster.

If you want more information on writing business plans, we recommend reading Business Plan Mistakes. You can also get free business counselors available to you through your local SCORE chapter in Georgia.

Startup Financing Basics

Raising money to fund your new Waycross business requires strong organization skills and perseverance. The reality is that there is very little funding available for new small businesses, and you have to explore every possible alternative.

To learn about raising money, we recommend you read the fundraising articles on our site, such as Investor Turnoffs.

For Waycross entrepreneurs in need of startup financing, check out our List of Georgia Angel Investors and our List of Georgia Venture Capital Firms.

Now It's Up To You

You have a dream -- starting a business in Waycross. To achieve your dream, you have to persevere, even when the odds are against you.

From this point on, you control your own destiny.

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

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