Tips for Choosing a Business Location

Written by Emily Liu

On April 30, 2020

Most business owners may have heard the classic mantra, “Location, Location, Location.” A good location has always been one of the essential elements for building a successful physical business. The company’s location can attract target customers and attract talented employees. A good business location can increase brand visibility and improve a company’s reputation. The following are some tips for business owners to choose the best place for their business.
 

Choose the Most Suitable State and City

 
Location doesn’t just mean picking up a suitable building for the office, it also requires business owners to choose the most appropriate state and city. When selecting the state, one issue companies can take into consideration is tax laws. The income tax and sales tax are different between states and some states have relatively low state taxes. It is one consideration which states have favorable tax policies for your business type.
 
The entrepreneurial environment varies significantly from city to city. To pick the best city, companies could first consider whether the rent is affordable for them. Another consideration is being in a city where your company may find symbiotic relationships. For example, many technology companies go to Silicon Valley where they will find like-minded people to work with.
 

Take Demographics into Consideration

 
The customer is the foundation of any business success. Before choosing a location, companies need to have a very clear idea of who their target customers are. Pick out areas of a city and find out whether these areas have a sufficient percentage of people that match your target customers’ demographics. Business owners also need to do some research to learn about people’s income and buying power in this district. They should choose a place where their population has a stable economic base that can let the company be in a pleasant growth environment.
 

Pay Attention to Competitors

 
Some business owners may think that they should locate somewhere far away from their competitors to avoid the pressure and the loss of customers. However, many experts agree that the best place for a company is somewhere close to its biggest competitors. If the biggest competitors choose this location, it means that this place’s demographics are ideal for this industry. Besides, competitors bring target customers to this area, which drives more foot traffic to the company. Therefore, being close to their competitors’ companies can benefit from competitors’ marketing efforts and reputation.

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