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Choosing a location, when starting a business

It only takes a moment of inspiration for a person to come up with an idea for starting a new business. However, there is a lot that goes on before a new business in Baton Rouge can open its doors to the public. One thing that needs to be done when starting a business is choosing where the business will be located. There are a number of points to take into consideration when making such an important decision.

First, a business should be located in a place where it is likely to see customers. Other needs the business owner should keep in mind is whether there is competition in the area, whether people are looking for work in the area, is there room for the business to grow, is it nearby suppliers, is the area properly zoned and is it in a safe location.

A business owner will also want to keep financial considerations in mind. This includes keeping a lookout for hidden costs associated with business development, such as renovations. Finding an area that has tax advantages and other government economic incentives is also important, as is whether the location has a different minimum wage than the federal minimum wage.

In the end, business owners need to do their research when deciding where to locate their business. This important decision could have a major impact on the business's future success. However, by considering all their options and seeking legal help, if necessary, business owners can make decisions that are in their best interests.

Source: SBA.gov, "Tips for Choosing Your Business Location," accessed on May 8, 2017

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