August 12, 2020  
  Entrepreneurial Resources - Advice for Washington Entrepreneurs  
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Open a Business in Yelm, Washington

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

What Business Are You Starting?

An important decision is what kind of business you want to start. If you are struggling with what type of business to start, 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 Starting an Auto Transport Business guide or our Opening a Hypnotherapists' Equipment & Supplies Business guide.

Don't forget that your new business will be in Yelm. Some businesses will do better in Yelm than others. Only by spending some time analyzing Yelm demographics can you decide if there will be strong demand for your business idea.

Yelm, Washington Demographic Information

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

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

Business Size# of
1-4 Employees 630
5-9 Employees 174
10-19 Employees 93
20-49 Employees 54
50-99 Employees 15
100-249 Employees 6
250-499 Employees 0
500-999 Employees 0
1000+ Employees 0
All Yelm Businesses 972

As a new Yelm entrepreneur, you may also be interested in the table below. It shows how many businesses there are in Yelm 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
Automotive Exhaust System Repair 1
Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores 2
Beauty Salons 2
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores 2
Bowling Centers 1
Business Associations 1
Car Washes 3
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services 1
Child and Youth Services 1
Child Day Care Services 7
Civic and Social Organizations 2
Coin-Operated Laundries and Drycleaners 2
Convenience Stores 4
Couriers 1
Credit Unions 1
Custom Computer Programming Services 1
Direct Mail Advertising 1
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 2
Drywall and Insulation Contractors 2
Electrical Contractors 1
Electronic Shopping 4
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1
Engineering Services 1
Exterminating and Pest Control Services 1
Finfish Fishing 1
Finish Carpentry Contractors 3
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers 1
Flooring Contractors 1
Food (Health) Supplement Stores 1
Framing Contractors 8
Freight Transportation Arrangement 2
Full-Service Restaurants 8
Furniture Stores 1
General Automotive Repair 5
General Freight Trucking, Local 2
Gift, Novelty, and Souvenir Stores 2
Glass and Glazing Contractors 1
Golf Courses and Country Clubs 1
Graphic Design Services 1
Hardware Stores 2
Homes for the Elderly 2
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages 4
Interior Design Services 1
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting 1
Investment Advice 1
Janitorial Services 2
Jewelry Stores 1
Land Subdivision 3
Landscaping Services 2
Lessors of Other Real Estate Property 1
Limited-Service Restaurants 10
Livestock Merchant Wholesalers 1
Machine Shops 2
Marketing Consulting Services 2
Masonry Contractors 1
Meat Markets 1
Media Representatives 1
Mobile Food Services 1
Motion Picture and Video Distribution 1
Motor Vehicle Towing 1
New Car Dealers 1
New Housing Operative Builders 1
Newspaper Publishers 1
Offices of Certified Public Accountants 2
Offices of Chiropractors 2
Offices of Dentists 6
Offices of Lawyers 1
Offices of Optometrists 1
Offices of Other Holding Companies 1
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors 5
Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services 2
Pharmacies and Drug Stores 2
Photography Studios, Portrait 1
Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing 1
Private Mail Centers 1
Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing 1
Real Estate Credit 1
Recreational Vehicle Dealers 1
Residential Property Managers 2
Residential Remodelers 5
Roofing Contractors 1
Savings Institutions 1
Securities Brokerage 1
Septic Tank and Related Services 1
Sign Manufacturing 2
Site Preparation Contractors 6
Snack and Nonalcoholic Beverage Bars 4
Sports and Recreation Instruction 1
Tax Preparation Services 1
Tile and Terrazzo Contractors 1
Tire Dealers 2
Travel Agencies 1
Used Car Dealers 1
Used Merchandise Stores 1
Veterinary Services 2
Video Tape and Disc Rental 1
Window Treatment Stores 1
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 2
Women's Clothing Stores 1

What About Franchising Opportunities?

Browse the Yellow Pages for Yelm 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. On our site, you can read many articles about franchising, such as Protecting Your Franchise Territory. 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.

Sample franchise opportunities include Burger King Corporation and Cardsmart Retail Corporation. Alternatively, you can browse franchise categories, such as Restaurant Services Franchises and Florist Franchises.

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

Company Formation in Yelm, Washington

It's very important that your business is formed as a legal entity that is separate from its owners. The principal advantage of forming your new business as a legal entity is that it separates your business liabilities from your personal liabilities.

When forming a company, you will decide among many company types, such as a traditional C-corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or an S-corporation.

Incorporating is a very popular way to form a business. Of course, you have to decide which type of corporation to form and where to incorporate. Just because you are starting a business in Washington, you don't necessarily have to incorporate in Washington. In fact, you can incorporate in any state you would like to. However, if you do incorporate in another state, you'll have to register as a foreign corporation in your home state.

There's a lot to know about forming a company. We recommend you read some of the educational articles about company formation that are availabe on our site, such as Getting an EIN. You should also consider getting professional assistance from your business lawyer. On a final note, since you will be starting a business in Yelm, Washington, our web page covering Incorporating in Washington may be a useful resource if you decide to incorporate in Washington.

Marketing Your New Business

To grow your Yelm business, you need a solid marketing plan.

We have some helpful resources on this site for entrepreneurs who are working on marketing plans. Dealing with Angry Customers is a good read to get your marketing juices flowing. There are many more articles on marketing on our site. Visit our Small Business Marketing resource section to see them all.

How to Improve Your Entrepreneurial Abilities

Good entrepreneurs know that what they know now may not be enough to ensure their future success.

With your business being located in Yelm, Washington, you should get information on some of the learning programs at local Washington educational institutions. Another way to keep up on your entrepreneurial education is to investigate Yelm networking organizations.

Next Steps

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

This site is all about helping entrepreneurs in Yelm 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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