“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” –Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari
When you get that great idea to start a business, it is very exciting. You just can’t wait to get started. You can see yourself as a great success in the future and you are highly motivated to do whatever you can to make your dream come true. However, there are some important administrative things that you must do before you launch your business. In this article, I will briefly describe the things necessary for a viable business. These steps are greatly simplified, but they are a good beginning for your plan to start your business. Right now, you may be at any stage of the process, but these procedures must be completed.
- Determine an interesting and attention-getting name for your business.Your name will be an important part of your “brand” so make sure it is a good one. After you have chosen the name, test it on the internet in various forms to see if it is being used by anyone and if that search doesn’t show the name in use, you may be good to go. The next thing you must do is to secure the name as a domain name for your website. Web hosts do a great job of telling you whether or not the domain name has been taken. In most cases, your business name and domain name will be the same. However, it’s up to you. At this point, you’re ready to design your website.
2. Check with your Secretary of State concerning incorporation processes.
This is necessary also to determine whether or not the name you have chosen is available to you and incorporation is also required for you to operate as a legitimate business. There are various type of corporations that you might choose from. Use the one that best fits your situation.
3. Design a logo and have it registered as a trademark. This offers one level of assurance that your creation will be protected. This is done through the Federal Trademark system. They complete a thorough search of your business name and this helps to assure you that your work is protected. It is also helpful for building the legitimacy of your business.
Doing these things will give you a great sense of accomplishment and make you feel more secure as you move forward in your new enterprise.
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