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Checklist for Starting a Business

If you are reading this and have the entrepreneurial itch, congratulations! Starting a business is no easy feat and we applaud you for wanting to take this extraordinary leap. As you think about getting started, here are a few tips:

Step 1: Brainstorm on Name Ideas




Step 2: Identify your Target Audience





  • Create a business plan

  • Choose a business name

  • Research supplies

  • Estimate startup costs

  • Estimate manufacturing costs (for product based companies)

  • Research competition

  • Set realistic goals

  • Research pricing for items (for product based companies)

  • Research local markets (for product based companies)


  • Buy domain name (GoDaddy, Domain, Bluehost)

  • Create a website (Wix, Squarespace, GoDaddy, Shopify, Wordpress)

  • Create a business email

  • Create social media accounts

  • Create mailing list

  • Create email signature

  • Order business cards

  • Photograph sample products (for product based companies)

  • Apply to local markets and events (for product based companies)


Products and Services

  • Designate a workspace

  • Order supplies

  • Create sample products

  • Create an inventory list

  • Create a pricing list


  • Choose brand colors

  • Design logo

  • Create a tagline

  • Design product packaging (for product based companies)


  • Open business banking account

  • Create order management system

  • Purchase mobile POS system (for product based companies)


  • Sign up for Google Analytics

  • Sign up for Google Search Console


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