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How to Start a Small Business in South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina is an excellent place to start up a brand new (or expanding!) small business. Boasting the 4th lowest corporate tax, 5th lowest cost of labor, and 11th fastest growing population in the US, there’s a good chance this state has what it takes to help you see your small business through to success.

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Best Business Ideas for South Carolina

If all you know about your small business is that you want to start one, that’s ok! Here are some of the best small business ideas for South Carolina:

  • Cryptocurrency business
  • Drive-in movie theater
  • Bagel shop
  • Car repair shop
  • Obscure book appraisal

Whichever you decide on, you’re going to need to draft a solid business plan.

Planning Processes

Drafting a business plan can be daunting, we get it. That’s why we have a step-by-step instruction guide to drafting up your business plan.

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, Raven & Writing Desk is an excellent name for your obscure book appraisal business.

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 out surprising things! Raven & Writing Desk found out it may not have the market it originally thought it would.

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. Raven & Writing Desk would likely work best as a corporation, LLC, partnership, or sole proprietorship.

Registering in South Carolina

Get all the info you need about your business. Get your business’ name, the employer identification number (EIN), get the name of your registered agent and file those formation documents. Depending on the structure you choose, you may need different documents.

Congrats: Raven & Writing Desk, LLC is now an officially recognized business in the state of South Carolina!

Best Location for Your Business in South Carolina

Before you make any decisions on where to put your business’ headquarters, you’ll need to consider your long-term goals. Do you anticipate large growth in the future? Do you need to rely on foot traffic? If so, we recommend setting up an office space in a populated area, such as Charleston or Myrtle Beach. Whether you decide to operate it out of your private jet or a nice office downtown, it’s important to determine which documents are needed for each.

Banking and Accounting

We strongly recommend having a business account that’s separate from your checking. This not only helps you to better stay on top of business expenditures, but it also helps you to separate your personal assets in the event your business gets sued. It’s also important to consider opening a credit line in your business’ name, as having established credit will make your business more attractive to potential lenders. We recommend hiring a business accountant, as they can potentially help your business save thousands a year!

Ensure Your Business Is Insured

Business insurance is crucial to growing your small business in South Carolina. It’s a way to ensure your business avoids any unknown risks, like an employee stubbing their toe on the property, or a white-tailed deer deciding it wants to own that rare copy of Pride and Prejudice. In South Carolina, any company with four or more employees is required to have worker’s comp insurance.

Permits and Licensing

The permits and licensing will vary depending on what kind of business you’re opening and the location of your small business. The best way to determine what exactly you need is to conduct a search on a federal and state level. To determine what licenses you need locally, we recommend calling your local clerk’s office. We strongly recommend hiring a professional for this step.

Hiring Employees

Hiring can be an exciting part of a small business’ life. It’s how many entrepreneurs know their dream is becoming a reality: carefully curating the best team to represent their small business. However, it’s important to make sure your hiring practices are following the laws. This includes registering with the IRS for employee taxes, reporting your new hires to the State of South Carolina, and registering for withholding taxes and unemployment insurance tax with the state.

Branding

Branding is fun for some, miserable for others. How do you define your brand in a way that’s marketable? First, let’s start with the logo. Make sure your logo is representative of the brand and what you offer, and make sure it’s visually pleasing to your customer. Raven & Writing Desk thinks dark and mysterious colors with an elegant font works best to express what they do. You may decide bright, bold 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 we don’t have enough obscure book appraisal businesses around? Do you believe there is no need for such a business and it’s a ridiculous premise? This might seem like an odd example, but it’s necessary to make it clear to yourself as much as to your customer the values your company holds itself to and what it can offer to your customers.

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.

Online Presence

In the day and age of social media, having an online presence for your brand is very important. While this can look like having a website and online store (if applicable), this also means needing Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok accounts. One of the best things you can do for your business is following trends on social media. It makes you look hip and in-touch, and it will help your business flourish. Get creative!

Marketing

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 and reliable, and it allows you to implement all-around better branding.

If this seems to be way too much, don’t worry! Companies like Ecwid help your store grow and succeed. They can help you create a beautiful, easy-to-navigate website while allowing you to market your products on other online platforms, like those mentioned above. Ecwid even allows you to track your digital sales on a dashboard, where you can check on your inventory. They’ll help make sure your South Carolina small business becomes the best it can be.

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