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How to Start a Small Business in Montana (MT)
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Best Business Ideas for Montana
Before starting a business, it’s important to recognize your strengths. If the only thing you know is that you want to start a business, that’s okay. But make sure to take the time to think about what type of business you might be good at running. Here are some of the best ideas for The Mountain State:
- Beer (a brewery or a wholesale)
- Clothing Boutique
- Escargot Delivery Service
Whatever you decide, it’s important to establish a business plan.
Drafting a business plan can be daunting; we get it. That’s why we have a
1. Playing the name game
Choose a name for your business that is straightforward and doesn’t leave your customers wondering what you do. While there are some rules and regulations for naming your business, don’t let that discourage you. For example, Snail Mail is an excellent name for your escargot delivery service.
2. Conducting market research
It’s crucial to get to know your market. Do search engine optimization research. Hold focus groups. Conduct surveys. You may find surprising things! Snail Mail found out it may not have the market it originally thought.
3. Structuring your business
LLC, corporation, nonprofit, partnership, sole proprietorship: which is best? It depends on what your goal is. Registering as an LLC has favorable tax treatment, while a nonprofit is funded by donations, as opposed to investors. Snail Mail would likely work best as an LLC.
Registering in Montana
Get all the info you need about your business. Get your business’ name, the employer identification number (EIN), the name of your registered agent, and file those formation documents. Depending on the structure you choose, you may need different documents.
Congrats, Snail Mail LLC is now an officially recognized business in the state of Montana!
Best Location for Your Business in Montana
Where do you want to have your business’ headquarters located? In your house? In a small office downtown? Whatever you choose, you’ll need to get the appropriate licensing and permits. And you’ll need to make sure your choice is equipped to withstand potential growth. Do your research on Montana’s popular and/or growing areas.
Snail Mail, LLC works best in an office space in Whitefish, an affluent area. Escargot ain’t cheap.
Banking and Accounting
It’s crucial to open a business bank account. It not only separates your personal assets from your company’s assets (a critical step to protecting yourself), but it also makes accounting and tax filing much easier. A credit card is a good option, as it helps to grow your company’s credit and ensures you stay on top of all of your business transactions. It’s also a good idea to get a business accountant, who can help to save your business thousands of dollars!
Ensure Your Business Is Insured
Business insurance is crucial to growing your small business in Montana. It’s a way to ensure your business avoids any unknown risks, like an employee stubbing their toe on the property or a grizzly bear deciding it wants some of that tasty escargot.
In Montana, any company with at least one employee has to be insured, which is a fancy way of saying every company must be insured.
Permits and Licensing
Your business needs licensing. The best way to figure out what licensing you need is to search for federal, state, and local licensing needed. To figure out what local licensing you need, you should contact the country clerk during their business hours.
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Note: we also suggest you create some form of payroll to avoid problems in the future
Branding is fun for some, miserable for others. First, let’s start with the logo. Make sure your logo is representative of the brand, what you offer, and is visually pleasing to your customers. Snail Mail, LLC thinks muted colors with an elegant font works best to express what they do. You may decide bright, inviting colors work best for your brand. There is plenty of software online that can help you if you’re stumped, too.
Branding also requires you to think about what your values are as a company. Do you believe everyone should have the option to have edible snails delivered to their door? Do you think no one should have edible snails delivered to their door because that’s a
Do some personal reflection and truly embrace what your company believes in. Making sure these points strike home will ensure that your customers are in it for the long run.
In the day and age of social media, you must have an online presence for your brand. While this can look like having a website and online store (if applicable), this also means you need Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok accounts. One of the best things you can do for your business is to follow trends on social media. It makes you look hip, in touch and will help your business flourish. Get creative!
Having an online presence is great, but what about marketing on those platforms? All legitimate businesses have a website. And if we’re being honest, the less legitimate ones do, too. Unfortunately, social media profiles are not a replacement for a website. Having a professional website makes your brand seem trustworthy, reliable, and offers
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