This article was published on September 28, 2017

Startup states to check out outside of California

Startup states to check out outside of California
George Beall
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George Beall

Are you in the process of starting a company? Are you looking to relocate your startup to a new state?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, it goes without saying that you have a lot on your mind.

For example, starting a business takes a lot of time (and sometimes a lot of money). And if you decide that your company needs to set up shop in another state, making a final decision is never as easy as it sounds.

While California is one of the top states to start or grow a business, it’s not the only one to consider. After all, there are 49 other states to think about. It’s possible that you may find that one of these other states is perfect for your company.

So, with all this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the many states to check out outside of California:


While there aren’t a large number of startups in Maine, it’s quickly rising the ranks for a variety of reasons.

To start, the lack of competition often makes it easier for a new company to grab local market share. Along with this, it has one of the lowest costs of living in the United States, making it easier for entrepreneurs to put more money into their company.

Adding to the above is the fact that the people of Maine always feel like part of something bigger. You can visit Progress for Maine online to see exactly what this means.  


There are many reasons why Wyoming is at the top of the list for best states to start a business.

To start, there is no corporate income tax, gross receipts tax, or individual income tax. With this in mind, you’ll be able to save yourself quite a bit of money, all of which can be reinvested in your business (if you so desire).

And just the same as Maine, Wyoming has a low cost of living when compared to other states.  


You may not expect to see Texas on this list, but it’s deserving nonetheless.

One of the primary reasons to consider Texas is the many big cities that are located throughout the state. This gives you the opportunity to set up shop in almost any part of the state, all the while being in close proximity to a large audience.

Even better is the fact that the startup scene in Texas is unrivaled, meaning that you’ll always be surrounded by people and companies with the same line of thinking.


In addition to plenty of startup activity, Nevada is home to a large percentage of available employees. This makes it easier to find qualified talent for your startup, which is essential to reaching the top of your industry.

On top of everything else, Nevada has a little bit of everything in regards to both residential and commercial real estate.


Most people never think about Alaska when it comes to starting a business, but you don’t want to make this mistake.

Even though the corporate income tax system in Alaska can be slightly confusing, thanks to 10 separate tax brackets, it’s actually one of the better places to start a business. This is due in large part to no state sales tax or individual income tax.

There aren’t many entrepreneurs clamoring for the opportunity to move to Alaska, but this may all change at some point in the future. There are many reasons to start or grow a business here, so don’t be surprised if business activity begins to pick up in the years to come.


Although there are many important steps to take when starting a business, none are more critical than choosing the state where you will set up shop.

Although every state has something unique to offer, some are better than others for entrepreneurs. You need to make a wise decision, as the choice you make could impact your company for years to come.

What are your thoughts on these five states, outside of California, for starting a business? Do any of these pique your interest? Share your personal thoughts and feedback on these states, among others, in the comment section below.

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