One of the best ways for smaller businesses to get ahead has always been to grab onto the coattails of another business. Houston is an area that has stayed steady due to a strong business structure with big business. Think oil, energy, Halliburton (even if it IS notorious), but also health care institutions, grocery chains, consumer service providers, restaurants, stores and – oh yes, United Airlines.
The fact has always remained that Houston is an undisputed leader in both domestic and international business, with cultural and economic ties reaching all across the world. That being said, Houston is also a very business friendly town, with plenty of options that embrace entrepreneurs. For instance, the metro areas have consistently been rated the highest in the nation for ease of starting businesses with government support and other perks for small business start-ups.
The rest of Texas isn’t too shabby either – another great reason to start with or investigate Houston as a source for clients. For instance, Austin is growing by leaps and bounds. In fact, a friend tells me you can’t even find housing close to downtown any more.
What many businesses appreciate about Houston is its affordable business space. Despite its ranking of fourth most populous city in the nation, real estate prices remain even and accessible. For instance, office space that may go for $600 a square foot in New York costs about half that in Houston.
Even at those rates, starting a business in Houston or having a presence there is not cheap. If you manage to get a decent space to start out with, chances are it won’t be large enough to accommodate growth. So you can wait to raise the capital to get more space — or — use meeting rooms! Many business owners have no idea they can actually rent a space for around $20 all around the entire area.
These spaces are more than a home away from home for companies since they come with all the goodies you need for a great meeting, literally from soup to nuts. For instance, techno gadgets, phone systems, and network connections are all available. There’s even a business center and secretarial services when you need them.
With meeting rooms, businesses can take advantage of all that Houston offers entrepreneurs, including a great business climate that’s light on the local licensing and regulation requirements!