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Starting a Business in Winters, California

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

Will You Be a Successful Entrepreneur?

Before quitting your day job, assess your entrepreneurial instincts and capabilities.

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:

  • Talk to other entrepreneurs in Winters. They are usually very willing to share their insights on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
  • We recommend reading Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs. For aspiring new entrepreneurs, it's a must read article.
  • Seek the advice of somebody who knows you well. Others sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

Choosing the Right Company to Start

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. To help you decide on a business type, we encourage you to read 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 Biofeedback Therapists Business guide or our How to Start a Landscape Installation & Maintenance Business guide.

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

Winters, California Demographic Information

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

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

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 Winters Businesses

As a new Winters entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Winters 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
Business Associations
Child Day Care Services
Confectionery and Nut Stores
Confectionery Merchant Wholesalers
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining
Convenience Stores
Custom Computer Programming Services
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
Electrical Contractors
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Environmental Consulting Services
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
Flooring Contractors
Full-Service Restaurants
Funeral Homes and Funeral Services
General Automotive Repair
General Freight Trucking, Local
Hardware Stores
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Internet Service Providers
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property
Limited-Service Restaurants
Masonry Contractors
Motor Vehicle Towing
New Housing Operative Builders
Newspaper Publishers
Nonresidential Property Managers
Offices of Dentists
Offices of Optometrists
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
Passenger Car Leasing
Pen and Mechanical Pencil Manufacturing
Pharmacies and Drug Stores
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing
Residential Remodelers
Roofing Contractors
Site Preparation Contractors
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars
Tax Preparation Services
Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing
Veterinary Services
Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers

Have You Considered Franchising?

Examine a list of Winters businesses and you'll notice that many local entrepreneurs have gone the franchising route. But is franchising the right option for you?

We advise the entrepreneurs we work with to consider franchising as an option. This site has dozens of articles on franchising, such as Protecting Your Franchise Territory. Become a franchising expert of sorts by reading more of our Articles on Franchising.

To learn about specific franchise opportunities, check out our Franchise Directory.

Sample franchise opportunities include On-Hold Marketing & Communications and THE MAIDS International, Inc.. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Sports Franchises and Dollar Store Franchises.

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

Have You Considered Buying an Existing Winters Business?

We've created a handy website page for those who want to Buy a Business in California. Follow that link and you can review several good businesses for sale in Winters.

For anybody who wants to buy a business, we recommend reading this useful article: Hold Harmless Agreements When Buying Businesses.

Selecting a Name For Your Business

Making the right decision when choosing a company name is very important. There are many decisions you'll make now that you can change later, but changing a company name years down the road is not very easy. So, choose a good company name at the outset.

Even if the name doesn't do it by itself, many naming experts believe there should be a story behind the name that ties into your company mission.

For other considerations regarding naming a company, we recommend this article: Naming a Business.

As a final piece of advice, remember that because you are opening a business in Winters, it's very important that you make sure no other California company is using the business name you want to use.

The Role of the Business Plan

Creating a business plan is essential in maximizing the prospects of your new company. In effect, a business plan is a written description of the future you envision for your business. Starting a business without a business plan

To learn more about business plans, read Business Plan Contests. You can also get face-to-face free consulting available from your local SCORE chapter in California.

What's Next?

You have a dream -- starting a business in Winters. 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.

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

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