Starting a small business can be a challenge. Besides the obvious of securing sufficient capital and having the right team, there is the business location. Luckily for the Carolinas, there are three cities in the Tar Heel State that LendingTree says are some of the best places to start a small business.
LendingTree conducted a study that identified the best places where small businesses are more likely to survive and thrive. And the South is well-represented. According to the study, the three best metros to start a small business are in North Carolina. On the contrary, many of the lower-ranked metros were in California. See list below.
LendingTree looked at the 100 largest U.S. metros and scored them in three categories — business climate, entrepreneurship and local economy. Each group had three individual metrics. Some of the key findings include:
Why Does Location Matter?
LendingTree experts says there is some validity to the cliche “location, location, location.” And that where you start your business can determine its success or failure. Even if you are starting a business at home or one that is strictly online, you will need to do your research. They offer these tips before settling on a location.
- Consider the unique needs for your business. Whether it’s online or a brick-and-mortar, both have different needs and will likely require a specific location.
- Estimate your initial and ongoing costs. Small business startup costs can differ significantly between regions, states, cities and even local neighborhoods, so it’s best to do your homework.
- Think about your target market. Choose a location based on where you can reach your ideal customer.
- Research any existing competition. Consider other companies in the area if you compete or complement them. The experts at LendingTree suggest you focus on area (s) where you can fill an unmet or underserved need.
- Look for state and local incentives or restrictions. Before finalizing your location, be aware of any government incentives and programs available to small businesses. As well as any zoning ordinances or other restrictions.
Whatever your business, North Carolina may be a good place to start. Check out LendingTree’s results on top metros in North Carolina where small businesses can flourish.