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Choosing the Best Location for Your Business

ByCourtnie Erickson,
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May 22, 2017
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What factors should you consider when deciding where to put your restaurant?

Choosing the right location for your business is critical to your success. It is easy to be impulsive and end the search altogether. However, establishing roots for your company is not something that should be taken lightly. There are many factors to consider that can make all the difference in your ultimate success. Here are a few tips for choosing the best location for your company. 

Cost

One important factor when looking for the perfect location is finding not only a building, but also a neighborhood that will fit your budget. You need to consider the big picture. What are the state and income taxes for the state you choose to establish your business in? How much will you have to pay employees in that state or city? Are there other locations in a neighboring city or even state where you could lower your costs?

The monthly rent will take a significant chunk of change each month, but what will the cost be to move into the building? What changes will need to be made to accommodate your specific business? What additional purchases and equipment will you need?

Accessibility

How easy it is to access, view and park at your business is critical. Consider the parking situation at the building and make sure there is ample parking for your customers. In addition, consider your customers and their needs. If you have many older customers, make sure they don't have to climb many stairs to reach you.

Furthermore, evaluate the traffic outside of your store. Make sure the building is not in a secluded area and difficult to find. You want to be accessible from every angle to bring in the most foot traffic. 

Zoning restrictions

You may not think of zoning restrictions right away when looking for a prime location, but they are extremely important. Take a look at the city's ordinances and zoning restrictions to ensure that you have no limitations on how to run your business. 

Reflect your brand

Even if you find the perfect building at the right cost, you need to make sure the building itself and the neighborhood reflect your brand. For example, if you sell beautiful jewelry, you do not want to be in a neighborhood with a high crime rate. You also want to be aware of the demographic you are trying to reach and choose a location where this demographic frequently shops and conducts business.

If you have a difficult time finding the right location for your business or feel overwhelmed by the decision, consider hiring a consultant to narrow down your options and find the best neighborhoods for your specific needs. This can make the entire process more enjoyable and less hectic.

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Courtnie Erickson
Courtnie Erickson
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Courtnie Erickson is a graduate of Utah State University. She currently lives in northern Idaho with her husband and two adorable sons. She enjoys running, Dr. Pepper and naptime.
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