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Basics Every Startup Needs From Day One

Updated: Dec 6, 2022

A new business is fragile. Even if you have investors and employees lined up, you need to do everything you can to ensure that you’ve provided it with all the basic necessities. Here are some things that you will definitely need from day one.

A Website

The nature of the internet and modern technology is that it’s essentially inescapable. The world of business has evolved dramatically in the past couple of decades, and it’s impossible to be successful without utilizing those tools correctly. That is a good thing; the internet is an incredibly powerful tool that can be used to your advantage.

Having some kind of website is a simple but effective step. The site can be used to display information about your company. It can also receive customer input, whether complaints or appointments. There are lots of sites that offer relatively cheap hosting options, so make sure to do your research.

A Physical Address

Most businesses will need a physical address inherently in order to function properly. Even if your particular service is done through the method of delivery or house call, it’s important to have a physical address. Why? Many important documents require a physical mailing address. It’s important for registration and insurance purposes.

It can help the right people to know where to go if they want to get in face-to-face contact with a representative of the company. Be wary about using a personal address. You can also consider a P.O. Box or other such workaround. Commercial property is ideal for this.


Survival through the initial years of a small business’s life is dependent on having your paperwork in order. Your business plan should include a budget and schedule that accommodates all local and federal requirements for a business of your industry. Most crucially, you need to think about insurance. Good business insurance will keep you from being kneecapped by disingenuous litigation while the company is still fragile. Different kinds of insurance from a wide range of prices will guarantee different types of coverage. Make sure you pick and spend your money on the coverage that will apply best to your business and your industry standard.

Starting a business is no easy task. It takes huge amounts of mental, emotional, and physical energy. But if you give your company what it deserves, and you put in the time and effort required, you’ll find the process extremely rewarding in a myriad of ways.

Did you enjoy this article? Here’s more to read: How to Make Your Startup Resilient to Big Changes

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