Starting a Business Checklist

Much goes into successfully starting a business. Even if you’ve done it before, it can be difficult to remember everything unless you’ve got a checklist  to work with. I’ve created a small list of MUST do things to keep in mind along with a few links to posts that will give you more info.

Decide what business to start

  • What will you sell, rent out, lend out etc
  • Who will buy it, for how much and how frequently?
  • Can you make a profit?

Related posts:

How to choose the right business to start –

Get your Company registered

  • Create a corporate bank account
  • Sort out Tax Clearance with ZIMRA
  • Do you need VAT?
  • Special License, certificate or clearance required?
  • Related Posts:
  • The requirements for getting registered in Zimbabwe –
  • Common company registration mistakes –
  • What you need to know to register a business –

Sort out your business contacts

  • Physical address
  • Phone number
  • Fax number
  • P. O. Box number
  • Email addresses.
  • Mobile numbers

Related Posts:

Don’t be a briefcase businessman

Write a business plan

  • How will you fund your business?
  • What opportunity are you seizing?
  • What hunger are you satisfying?
  • How will your reach and convince the market?
  • How will you compete effectively?

Related Posts:

  • How to write a business for your Zimbabwean business
  • Strategic thinking in business –

Design your brand and communication pieces based on a business marketing strategy

  • Get logo designed
  • Design correspondence/ communication pieces (business cards, letter heads, compliment slips)
  • Design transaction forms (Invoices, quotations, receipts, order forms etc)

Related Posts:

Warning About Logo design

Why your business cards stink

Create marketing material

  • Website designed
  • Direct mail?
  • Fliers?
  • Newspaper advertising
  • Word of mouth
  • Email marketing?
  • SMS advertising?
  • Sales people?

Related Posts

See 29 marketing ideas here –

12 Reasons You Need A Website

Why you can’t afford to ignore internet marketing –

Is your cash management system in place?

  • What fixed expenses will you need to manage?
  • Which once off costs are necessary
  • What unforeseen costs?
  • How will you ensure your money grows the business
  • How will you ensure money doesn’t disappear?

Related Posts

Start a business without money –

Cash Baron Secrets

Is your human resources strategy in place?

  • How will you find, hire, train, equip, compensate and retain the right people for your business?
  • Which positions should you start with?
  • What responsibilities will they have
  • How will you measure, manage and ensure performance?
Don't forget these things

Now there certain things that aren’t in this list – mostly things that are industry specific or only apply to certain types of businesses. Nonetheless, i hope this helps!

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Strategic thinking in business –

3 Replies to “Starting a Business Checklist”

  1. I want to show my thanks to the author of this blog page. Keep giving a good ideas and strategies. Many people will surely improve their skills by reading blogs like this.

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