Being a serial entrepreneur makes you great at the startup process, but being a pilot I couldn’t help but to create a checklist to help out other startups and entrepreneurs.
So here it is:
- Establish your company name. Establish the company name with your state, register the Federal Tax ID number. When choosing a name, make sure there is a domain name available to that makes sense and matches up with your company name.
- Register a Domain Name. I prefer GoDaddy.com, but you can also use Google Domains for this now.
- Setup Email. I prefer to use Google’s G Suite for this. Costs about $5 per month, but well worth it for it’s excellent reliability, spam protection, and mobile app integration. Your domain should have individual emails for all users, plus, emails such as: info@, sales@, support@, billing@, etc.
- Setup a Website. I like to use a combination of DigitalOcean, ServerPilot, and WordPress. With one Droplet on DigitalOcean you can easily run multiple websites.
- Setup a CRM. I like open-source here, so SuiteCRM is my CRM of choice.
- Setup a Phone System. Sure you can use your mobile phone, but good luck if you’re trying to grow you business. Do yourself a favor get setup a VoIP phone system.
- Setup an accounting and invoicing program. I wish there was an alternative that didn’t have a monthly fee, but I still use Intuit QuickBooks for this.