How to Plan Your Business

Before you start your business, you need to have a clear goal of what you want to do. Read on to learn how to do market research and create a business plan for your small business so that you are prepared before you dive in.

Market Research

Researching the demographics of Durham, such as average income and age, will give you a better sense of the kinds of customers you can expect to attract. The U.S. Census website gives comprehensive statistics.


Business Planning

After conducting research, you should focus on writing a business plan. This can be used for yourself and also to show potential investors that you have clear next steps.

You should also choose a business legal structure to operate under.


North Carolina Assistance

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina also has some great resources to help you plan your business.


Additional Resources

  • You can check out the Business Plan Handbook from the Durham County Library.