9 Point Startup Checklist for Success

To get your new business started right, our new venture experts have developed a quick 9 Point Startup Planning Checklist for the areas you’ll need to address before you launch your business.  If you’re launching, or about to launch, a startup, this checklist is a must read!  You’ll want to be sure that you can answer “yes” to each question.

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Brand Name Logos & Logo Design Checklist
Brand Name Logos & Design Checklist

1. Do you have the right name for your start-up?

[  ] Yes [  ] No

Your name should support your company’s unique strategic positioning objectives and 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 you must own the dot-COM domain name.  Your customers will expect it.  If you can’t obtain the dot-COM domain, move on to another name. Learn More About Domain Extensions

3. Do you have an active website?

[  ] Yes [  ] No

It’s a fact of modern commerce. Every company needs an active web presence, even a small mom-and-pop business. Your audience will expect to find your business on the Internet. So 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 a simple website, the hosting cost is only a few dollars a month. Learn more about discount website hosting that fits your needs. Discount Website Hosting

5. Has your 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. Ask About Trademark Issues

[  ] Yes [  ] No

It is critical to decide on the right legal structure for your business at the onset of your venture. Options include sole proprietorship, partnerships, corporations, limited liability corporations (LLC). Need help deciding? Ask Brandings

7. Have you created a strong visual brand identity for your start-up?

[  ] Yes [  ] No

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. Custom Logo Design

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 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

While this 9 point checklist helps entrepreneurs follow simple steps on how to launch a startup correctly, sometimes it’s also good to know what NOT to do.  Keeping this in mind, we would like to recommend this 5 Steps to Avoid checklist by the great people at Inc. Magazine.  Our team has found that, sometime knowing what not to do is as equally as valuable as what to do, enjoy.

Finally, we want you to know that we’re here to help you launch your startup launch, grow and thrive.  If you have any question or are getting stuck on any of the 9 Point Startup Checklist points, please let us know by reaching out or posting it below. The only bad question is the one not being asked.

9 thoughts on “9 Point Startup Checklist for Success”

  1. whoah this blog is wonderful i really like studying your posts.
    Stay up the good work! You know, lots of persons are hunting around for this info, you can help them

    • Thanks for the complement our team work hard to put together the top 9 points to a successful startup. Our businesses are based around startups and we’ve seen every size and every problem that startups hit along the way. We found that if you hit these points along the way to launching your startup you’ll be on very good footing.

      We’re glad you liked the article and please let me know if we can be of any help to you and your startup.

    • Thanks for the comment and the compliment. Actually some of the staff here were actually college professors, and business professors at that. These nine points on the check list are very important and you should fully be able to answer these questions. You should know every aspect of your business before you go and start it.

      These checkpoints are a must know for all people looking to start a business. We’ve put together another check list for all entrepreneurs.

  2. I use to teach Business at a local college and the idea of just creating a business plan was one that I use to push. People just think that you start a business and have products and go but you need a plan, a business plan, just like this.

    Great questions here.

    • Thanks for your comment. Yes, we couldn’t agree more. Now most banks require that you not only have a company name but you also have to present a business plan. Owning a small business or running a small business is really hectic and how are suppose to know if you’re keeping on track and not getting sidetracked or off on the wrong direction.

      Keep preaching to your class the importance of a business plan, it is a must for all business! Thanks again for the comment.

  3. Hey, that’s pretty cool, this blog is kind of like taking a business class before I start my business. I’m not large but I’m going to fill out that business planning guide, business plan chart.

    Thanks for the info.

    • Thank you for your comment. We have quite a few members of staff here that have either taught at or attended business schools, so it’s funny that you said that. It is also our goal here that we can give everyone starting a business needs as much information as possible before they start and we want to bring that to you.

      That said there is also a lot of information that everyone starting a business should know on our actual Brandings site and the most important bit of information we can give you is for you to create a business plan. We have a great article on what is a business plan is and why everyone needs a business plan, you should check it out.

      Thanks again for your comment.

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