Launching a new startup is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful as there is a huge amount of work that needs to be done to get the project up and running. Additionally, it is impossible to predict whether or not it will be a success which can understandably cause anxiety. Planning and preparation are critical during this process, but many entrepreneurs find themselves lost when launching a startup; this is problematic because you need to start off on the right foot. With this in mind, here are a few steps which should help you to get up and running quickly.
1. Market Research & Funding
It is essential that you ensure you carry out thorough, high-quality market research. Doing so will help to lay the foundation for your business and enable you to identify your competitors and who your target customer is. Once you have carried out this research and created a detailed business plan, you will then want to secure funding. It is essential that you figure out how much you need and then obtain this figure as you need to get the operation up to a high standard. Finance options include:
- Angel investment
- Venture capitalists
- Bank loans
Branding must be strong in order to differentiate yourself from the competition and be memorable. It will include your company name, logo, slogan, color scheme and general personality of the company. Always keep your target customer in mind when you’re creating your brand identity to build something that will be relevant and memorable to them.
3. Website & Social Media
Every company needs a great website, and this is often the first point of contact for your target customer. First, you need to consider domain name registration and choose a domain name that is your company name if possible. You then need to design a high-quality, easy-to-navigate, attractive and valuable website. You can do this yourself as many hosts have simple “drag and drop” features or you can hire a website designer.
Social media can then be used to communicate with your target audience and show your authority directly. Initially, a great way to make people aware of your startup is to run “like and share” promotions on social media.
4. Digital Marketing
As a new startup, you will want to make as many people aware of your company as possible, but this is difficult particularly in a competitive industry. Digital marketing from an experienced and reputable agency can help to level the playing field by increasing your visibility online and allowing you to compete with more established brands. Although it can be an expense, it is worth investing a fair amount of money in digital marketing as this is how you get noticed early on and will be vital for attracting customers from the get-go.
Launching a startup is always exciting, but it can also be a daunting time as there are so many areas that need attention. These are the main aspects to focus on initially which will help to lay the foundation for what will hopefully go on to be a profitable, rewarding and enjoyable business venture.