How to make a Startup checklist and clear your head

Now that you’ve figured out why you want to start a business and picked the best one for you, it’s time to stop juggling so many mental bowling balls. There’s probably a million things bouncing around in your head. You may not know exactly what you want to do yet, or maybe you do, but you’re probably also wondering what steps you need to take to move forward. It’s time to make a list.

Below are some of the major steps most every business needs to take. Start here. This is top level -you’ll add to it- but it gets all of these things out of your head and onto paper. This not only gives you a check list, it frees up your mental energy to work on the more creative aspects of the business, like what it’ll actually be and what you’ll call it. It also breaks the process down into smaller, easy to complete tasks that lead to momentum.

  • Name the company and product(s).
  • Register domain name.
  • Secure social media handles.
  • Set up email and website.
  • Make a logo.
  • Register company with your state.

Get a fresh notebook. Write your checklist down on a clean sheet, then add to it as you think of other stuff. They don’t have to be in chronological order. Next, we’ll start diving deeper into each of these and help you compile action lists for each step.

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