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Your Step by Step Guide to Starting a Business
The first time I started a business was way back in 2011. I was a mom to a two-year-old and a newborn and got the crazy idea that I should bake gluten-free cookies for my aunt and uncle’s cafe.
In my sleep-deprived stupor, I flailed my way through the process of getting started, sure I was messing up every step of the way.
It was a miracle I did the steps at all, let alone right!
Since then I have started a few more businesses and have a much better idea of what to do and when.
Have you found the perfect business idea and now have no idea what to do next?
That is where the Small Business Quick Start Checklist comes in handy!
This FREE printable starting a business checklist will help you remember all the different steps you need to take in order to start your business right.
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The four steps on the starting a business checklist
The first step of the process is to focus on what needs to happen legally. Your business name will need to be registered with your state or city depending on where you live. This is a good time to consult with a lawyer and tax professional to make sure you do everything right.
- Decide on a business
- Choose a name
- Make sure the name is available from your state’s Secretary of State office
- Choose a tagline
- Speak with a tax preparer to see if you should incorporate
- Register your business with your State and/or local government
Once your business is named and registered you need to create your business “look.” This process can be done on a budget with many of the free tools available online, but it’s worth it to spend some money on a professional logo and color in the future when you are making some money.
- Choose your brand colors and fonts
- Optional: Create a mood board in Canva
- Create a logo in Canva
- Set up a website
- Build social media pages – choose 2 to start
- Set up a pricing structure including both retail and wholesale prices
Creating a Business Plan when you are asking for funding is WAY different than creating a plan for your business. Don’t just jump in without looking, take the time to plan out your marketing, pricing, and even what will happen if you decide not to continue with your business.
- Write a One Page Business Plan
- Create a marketing plan
- Plan your social media marketing
- Create an exit plan for the future
Lastly, put yourself out there! Talk up your new endeavor where ever you go and tell everyone how they can help. Your friend’s and family will often be either your first clients or connect you to your first clients. Don’t be afraid to talk yourself up!
- Tell everyone you know that you’re in business!
Using this free printable starting a business checklist will help you to keep track of every step in the process. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and pretty soon you’ll be a well-established business machine!
Don’t forget to pin this starting a business checklist for later!