10 Point Guide & Sample Business Plan for a Start Up Business

10 Point Guide for a StartUp or small Business

10-Point Start-Up Guide & Sample Business Plan

Get your new business started right. Our new venture experts have developed a quick 10 question start-up guide, sample business plan and worksheet for entrepreneurs.

  1. Do you have the right name for your start-up? [ ] Yes [ ] No
    • Above all, your name should support your company’s and brands unique strategic positioning objectives. Furthermore the name for your startup must create a lasting, self-sustaining engagement with your target market. Find the right name for your start-up. Company Name Search Tips
  2. Have you secured the dot-com domain name? [ ] Yes [ ] No
    • In business today it’s especially import that you own the dot-com domain name. On top of that, your customers expect it. Thus all names in the Brandings® inventory include the dot-com domain. Learn More Domains
  3. Do you have an active website? [ ] Yes [ ] No
    • It’s a fact of modern commerce. Every single company needs an active web presence even a small mom-and-pop business. Your audience will expect to find your business on the Internet. At any rate you’ll need a clean, content-rich and easy-to-navigate website. Website Development
  4. Do you have a host for your website? [ ] Yes [ ] No
    • Every website needs to be hosted on a server. For example, hosting for a simple website will only cost a few dollars a month. Inquire with the Brandings Team about discount website hosting that fits your needs. Ask the Brand Development Team
  5. Has the company name been trademark screened? [ ] Yes [ ] No
    • Be sure you can legally use your name. Brandings® trademark services can screen your name selections through national and global databases. Learn About Trademark Issues
  6. Have you decided on the legal form of ownership for your business? [ ] Yes [ ] No
    • It is critical to decide on the right legal structure for your business at the onset of your venture. Options include structures such as, sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, limited liability corporations (LLC). Need help deciding? Ask the Brand Development Team
  7. Have you created a strong visual brand identity for your start-up? [ ] Yes [ ] No
    • Above all, you need a “public face” for your start-up. Create a robust consumer brand experience by incorporating logotype, tagline, icon, color palette, and other design elements. The Brandings® Design Team can help build a visual brand identity that meets your strategic objectives.
  8. Have you secured all licenses and permits? [ ] Yes [ ] No
    • Make certain you are in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations and have all the necessary licenses and permits. Brandings® can help. Ask Brandings®
  9. Do you have clear and consistent brand identity? [ ] Yes [ ] No
    • For the best results, your start-up should have a razor-sharp identity that differentiates your company from others in the marketplace. Specifically your brand identity should distinguish your brand in the mind of you audience. Learn More About Brand Positioning
  10. Do you have a business plan for your start-up? [ ] Yes [ ] No
    • Successful start-ups begin with a practical, step-by-step guide. Develop a plan for all the functional areas of your start up. We’ve put together a list of questions to get you started. Business Plan Template

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