Every state says it wants to be business-friendly, but only some deliver on this promise. Government rules, taxes, and other factors can make it more difficult to open a business, operate and grow. Look for a state that makes it easy to get started and function. Find a link to regulations in every state from Business.gov. Here you will find answers on how to register your business or incorporate, tax filing requirements, worker's comp and unemployment tax requirements, and more.
Like states, some cities and towns also make it easier than others for businesses to get started and operate. New York City's Small Business Services has Small Business Express, a one-stop site to apply online for licenses, permits and certificates that are needed by a business to operate. Some locations, however, have red tape that can tie a business up and keep it from opening for months. In considering a specific location, check:
Neighborhoods. Some areas may be prospering while others are declining. The fact that you may be able to obtain an attractive rent should not be the deciding factor if that rent gets you a store in a neighborhood with high crime and low customer traffic.
Transportation. If your business depends on customer traffic, check access to transportation. Is there public transportation near your proposed location? Is there adequate parking for customers who drive to your business.
Zoning regulations. These restrict where you can operate a business and even the type of business. You may be barred from setting up a commercial concern in an area zoned for residential property. Zoning can even impact home-based businesses.