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Trina Marlow



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:23 pm    Post subject: Best place for businesses Reply with quote

Which state among the ff (these are my top choices) do you think is the best place to start a business:

-Georgia
-DC
-LA
-Texas
-Florida

Thanks!
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What kind of business?
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monkey bizness, perhaps? Shocked
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What state is "DC?"

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John
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esl_prof



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time magazine ran an article awhile back touting Texas as a business-friendly, libertarian paradise. I guess the place would depend, in part, on your business ethos.
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Business...are you joking???? Shocked Shocked
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esl_prof



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
What kind of business?


Yes, this. I think if we knew the answer to that question, Trina, we could be of much more help to you.
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JoeKing



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

esl_prof wrote:
spiral78 wrote:
What kind of business?


Yes, this. I think if we knew the answer to that question, Trina, we could be of much more help to you.
I can't speak for those other locales, but if you're just looking for good ideas, and really want to think outside the box, I know Florida is in dire need of a place to get good snow plows and other snow equipment. And I mean an actual brick and mortar store, not a web-based operation. Now I know some may scoff at this in light of the looming climate change crisis that may warm the state up even more and possibly cause part of the state to be swallowed up by the rising seas. In that case you could hedge your bets by investing in the floating house industry - ala Holland. Look to the Dutch Trina, look to the Dutch! Cool
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esl_prof



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JoeKing wrote:
I can't speak for those other locales, but if you're just looking for good ideas, and really want to think outside the box, I know Florida is in dire need of a place to get good snow plows and other snow equipment. And I mean an actual brick and mortar store, not a web-based operation. Now I know some may scoff at this in light of the looming climate change crisis that may warm the state up even more and possibly cause part of the state to be swallowed up by the rising seas. In that case you could hedge your bets by investing in the floating house industry - ala Holland. Look to the Dutch Trina, look to the Dutch! Cool


Wow! If I didn't know better, I'd say you were JoeKing. Cool
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Trina Marlow



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, we offer tutoring, exam prep, mock interview, resume help, pretty much anything needed to help succeed in furthering education, career, we provide.

Esl_prof yes that's actually my #1 place and I found some pretty promising looking places there on Officelist but all of us are bringing different cities/states to the table so we are still discussing it.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trina Marlow wrote:
Sorry, we offer tutoring, exam prep, mock interview, resume help, pretty much anything needed to help succeed in furthering education, career, we provide.

Who's your target audience for this business? I ask because we're solely English language teachers (generally teaching in a university program) and aren't involved in the type of services you mention unless it's in the context of language learning and on a regular basis.

That said, I suggest doing some research in those five states to find out if similar services are offered by language schools, community colleges, vocational/technical schools, non-profit literacy organizations, public libraries, places of worship, government job assistance agencies, etc. It will help you determine supply and demand as well as forecast your business' potential for sustainability.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Piggybacking on what Nomad said, I'd recommend going to the library and picking up a few books on how to start your own business (aka The Idiot's Guide to . . . ). Pay special attention to things like market research, writing a business plan, etc. Texas, for example, may have great office space, but if there isn't a demand for the services you plan to offer, then that may not be a viable location. Once you get a feel for which markets are viable, then try to identify your niche. What distinguishes your business from Competitor A and Competitor B? In other words, how can you best position yourself to take advantage of the market?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Piggybacking on esl_prof piggybacking on me, don't overlook the available resources and information from the US government's Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov/).
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