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Researching Your Idea and Developing a Business Plan

Step 2
Researching Your Idea
And Planning for Success 

Laying the Groundwork

A good business plan is the foundation for a sucessful business and there is plenty of help to get you started. 

Plan Your Location

Regardless of your business model, you will have to work somewhere. This might be at home, in shared office space, in a rented office or in a building you purchase. Carefully consider the impacts of each of these decisions to find the one that is right for you.

Research County requirements for basing a business in your home. Home Occupation guidelines are available from the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services. 

Shared offices offer options for many types of business owners from traditional office settings to collaborative work space. Our interactive map will help you find potenial locations in the county. 

If you determine renting space is the best option for your business, be sure that the location you are considering is zoned for your type of business, that there is a current Use & Occupancy Certificate for the location and that reflects your intended use. If you plan to alter the space you plan to lease, you may also need to obtain a commercial building permit.

Many of the same considerations apply if you plan to purchase space for your business. in addition to zoning and use considerations, plan on obtaining a building permit to construct or renovate a property. Be sure to contract with vendors that have experience building or renovating in Montgomery County and understand the process here.

Altering or building new construction are complex endeavors and the Department of Permitting Services offers a preliminary design consultation to help you make the best decisions from the start. 

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