Even though Austin’s job market is sizzling hot, not everyone who makes the move to Austin is looking to find a position working for someone else. There are plenty of intrepid Austinites out there who are looking to build a business of their own.
The good news is that Austin is a great place for entrepreneurs, startups, and small business owners who are looking for a thriving, hip city with affordable housing and living expenses. Here’s why Austin is good for business:
Sixth best state for business
Forbes recently ranked Texas as the sixth best place to be for business in America. When it came to the breakdown on how each state was evaluated, our state pulled through as number one in economic climate—which definitely helped us land that sixth place score.
Third best city to launch a startup
In 2014, Forbes named Austin the third best place to launch a startup. For those of us who live here, that came as no surprise. We have access to great talent from Texas University, and you can find the offices of tech company giants like Dell, Google, and IBM in our neighborhoods. Our city is nearly bursting with talented, smart, and artistic people who aren’t afraid to take risks—it’s a natural incubator for new businesses to thrive.
So, if you’re ready to hit the ground running with your new Austin business or startup, we’ve got a few tips to help you move in the right direction.
Meet your neighbors
First things first, Austinites are very supportive of local businesses. You’ll be in good hands among your neighbors so don’t be afraid to get out there and meet them. Networking is one of the best things you can do as a small business owner in Austin—and with our thriving live music scene and culture of artistry, meeting new people will be a ton of fun.
Keep your mind open
When we say “keep Austin weird,” we mean it. In fact, Keep Austin Weird is the adopted slogan of the Austin Independent Business Alliance. So, whether you want to run a burlap bag emporium or open a shop that sells only local made goods, you’ll have the full support from the community to give it a go.
Find the perfect location
Your business needs to be in the right place in order to grow and thrive. With Habitat Hunters’ extensive Austin real estate experience, we can help you find the perfect commercial location in a neighborhood or area that suits your new business. Contact us today to get started.