How To Start A Business In South Carolina

Entrepreneurship in South Carolina

Opening In South Carolina

South Carolina natives have invented everyday objects from the wind turbine to Rice Krispes. In fact, the first submarine was invented in South Carolina. It's no wonder so many great entrepreneurs have come from South Carolina.



With people like Thomas Robinson (Founder of Corporate Staffing Services), and Richard Hagins (Founder and CEO of Us & S Inc.) to look up to, the people of South Carolina love to lead entrepreneurial teams that change the world.



Home to the historic Fort Sumter and the beautiful Congaree National Park, the palmetto state is a great place to start your small business.



Registering Your Business

Registering In South Carolina

Registering your business is one of the first steps to success.



And with South Carolina’s 110 dollar fee for starting an LLC, it's important you get it right.



Decide what kind of model is right for you (LLP, LLC, Corporation, Sole Proprietorship). Most small businesses start with an LLC. If you’d like an LLC, S-Corp, or C-Corp done for you, we’d be happy to do that on your behalf.

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Market Analysis

Analyzing South Carolina's Market

Before you start your business, look around to understand the market in South Carolina.



With an abundance of rich natural resources, South Carolina has a ton of business potential.



According to, South Carolina ranks an awesome 5th in the corporate tax rank.



Competitor Analysis

Another good way to understand South Carolina’s market is to visit your local Chambers of Commerce.

Chambers of Commerce


You can use your local chamber of commerce to identify opportunities and threats in your local community. It’s a great way to get started on the bottom 2 quadrants of your SWOT analysis.


We’d recommend looking through it and identifying competitors in your industry, and identify the points of parity you need to live up to, and how to better leverage your points of differentiation.


Labor Statistics

South Carolina is full of hard working people that can be amazing assets to your company.


Unemployment rate in South Carolina:


Information from South


Average annual salary in South Carolina:

63,020 dollars

30.30 dollars an hour

Information from Zip Recruiter


Education levels for residents of 25 and older:

High school degree or higher:



Bachelor degree or higher:



Information from World Population Review

Housing Market

Price index yearly growth: 16.12%


Medium house price: 162,300 dollars

National average house price: 269,039 dollars


General Advice

General Info For South Carolina

South Carolina is a unique place to start a business. We hope that the resources and points we brought up here will help you start a business there.


If you’d like to dive deeper into how to start a business, check out our much longer article How To Start A Business. Use both of them to get started on the right foot from day one.

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