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What questions should I ask when deciding where to locate my business?B

General questions to ask:

  1. Is the site centrally located to reach my market?
  2. Is the facility easily accessible?
  3. What is the transportation availability and what are the rates? Is public transportation available?
  4. What are provisions for future expansion?
  5. What is the housing availability for managers and workers?
  6. What environmental factors (schools, cultural, community atmosphere) might be attractive to the business and employees?
  7. Is the area regularly trafficked by potential customers? Do other, nearby business help attract customers to the area?
  8. What will the quality of this site be in 5 years, 10 years and 25 years?
  9. Would my major competitor choose this site?
  10. Is quality labor available in close proximity to site?
  11. Is parking space available and adequate?
  12. Will crime insurance be prohibitively expensive?
  13. Is the location convenient to where you live?
  14. What local regulations and zoning ordinances will I have to comply with?

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