Business Start Up Checklist – Essential Steps For Business Success

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Business Start Up Checklist – Essential Steps For Business Success

Whether you’re looking to start your own business in retail, business services, or any other industries, follow the checklist below to ensure your business is off on a flying start for long term success and profitability.

Setting up Your Business!  

Business Start Up Checklist - Essential Steps For Business Success

Get Flying! Business Start Up Checklist

 * Register business name and company: Depending on the country you’re in, it’s generally essential to register your newly formed business name and company. This is particularly important to ensure your business name doesn’t already exist.

* Register your domain name: Whether your new business is a retail shop or offer business services, a website is key to acquiring new clients/customers online. Whilst developing a website can take at least 3 weeks, you can register a relevant domain name as quickly as possible. The key for an effective domain name is to keep it short and relevant.

* Register for taxation purposes

* Business identity: Logo, business cards, letterhead/fax/invoice templates – Personally, I believe it’s extremely essential to get this right from the start. Your company/business logo should be unique, easy to recognize and relevant. It’s the single important element that your clients and future clients will recognize your business. Outsource a freelance graphic designer to design a custom logo for your business (a freelance graphic designer is much quicker and cheaper than using a graphic design agency). Once you’re happy with the logo, get your graphic designer to design matching business cards, letterhead/fax/invoice templates, and a website. Consistency with all these elements is key. Some freelance graphic designers actually offer “Business Start up Kits”. With these design packages offered for new businesses, this will be a cost effective way to develop your business identity.

* Register your trademark (i.e. company logo): Once your graphic designer has finalized your new company logo, trademark it! With your logo trademarked, future competitors are not permitted to copy your business name/logo.

* Develop a website:. With the use of internet (and in particular, Google) continuing to be the fastest growing channel used by consumers and businesses, any new business should develop a website that showcases their products/services, with an aim to acquire new clients/customers online. Your website design should also be consistent with your branding, so try and use the same graphic designer to design your website for you.

* Open a business bank account: Having a separate bank account for your business transactions can ensure you can manage your business cash flow effectively as well as making it easier for taxation and accounting purposes.

* Location of Office/Store/Warehouse: If your new business is a retail store, it’s essential to locate the best location that has a good balance of foot traffic but at an affordable rent. For a service business, you can start off with working virtually from home to save costs related to office space, or share a business office with another new business (so you can leverage their utilities, such as internet, phone, and even reception/secretary).

Business Identity
Your business identity is critical to business success and also essential to get this right as soon as you start your business.
* Unique logo for your business: Get a custom designed logo! It may cost a little more than a template logo, but the idea of a company logo should be unique and differentiate yourself from your competitors, so invest the time and cost upfront to have a unique logo designed.
* Business Cards: This can be the smallest – but most powerful – marketing tool to use. Ensure your business cards are consistent with your company’s brand, and also try and include the products and/or services you offer (rather than just your company name and contact details). Having a unique design will also increase the chances of the potential client/s to keep your business card, so make sure you tell your graphic designer this!
* Letterhead, Fax, and Invoice Templates: Keep it simple but consistent.
* Website: As discussed above, this is essential in today’s technologically savvy market.
* Corporate Profile / Brochure: to showcase your company’s experience, products or services, and unique selling point. Ensure your brochure design is on brand with the rest of your brand identity.
Grace Chau is the Owner and Head Graphic Designer of Attractivo Design.

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About Debbie June Rickman Laughlin

Wrote 101-A: Pet Sitting Business "Work Book To Conquer Success", http://101PetSitting.com to help others in the industry, Founder/ CEO of House Calls Pet Sitting and Home Care Services. Established 1981 and still going strong, http://housecalls4pet.com. To relax I do Photography and Painting. View, and Purchase my art at: DJLaughlinArt.com.

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