Essential Systems to Have in Place Before You Launch Your StartupNovember 12, 2019 No Comments
Featured article by Sophie, Independent Technology Author
If you want to make sure your startup is built to last, you need to make sure that you have ticked all your boxes before you launch. Even though startups tend to run at an extremely fast pace, and you may be excited to get the ball rolling, launching your startup before you are ready could be disastrous.
Avoid disaster by having all your ducks in a row before you hit the launch button. This means making sure certain essential systems are set up. This will mean you’re ready to hit the ground running, handle the curve balls which will inevitably come your way, and move on to bigger and better things.
Take a look at the top essential systems you should make sure are in place before you launch your startup.
Above all else, you need to make sure you have your strategic goals formally laid out. Whether a strategic plan or a business plan, it is absolutely critical to have a formal document which tells you where you’re heading. Having your goals and objectives clearly defined right from the outset will help you to stay on track and make sure that everything you do takes you there.
Workflow and Project Management
Once you launch your startup, there will be a million and one things to do, not just for you, but for everyone on your team. Having a formal workflow system to manage your projects is essential to keep track of everything that needs to be done, who is doing it, when it is due, and when it has been completely. Without it, sooner or later something will slip through the tracks. Luckily, there is a huge range of these kinds of tools available, from large, project management systems to free online tools like Asana and Trello.
Payment systems are the next thing you should think about while you are preparing to launch your start up. After all, you need a way for your customers to be able to pay you, or else you will very quickly have cash flow issues! Thankfully, these days there are a range of ways to receive payments beyond the traditional methods used by bricks-and-mortar companies. Modern payment methods mean that even fully electronic, online businesses have a variety of options in terms of payment systems, such as accepting email payments.
Once you have money coming in, you’ll also need to make sure you adequately keep track of it. Bookkeeping and bank accounts are critically important in any business, and these systems can be complex. It is therefore essential to have everything in place before you launch – otherwise, you risk ending up in a mess because your accounts were not properly recorded from the start. A lack of proper budgeting and/or accounting systems is one of the key reasons new startups fail – so don’t let that be you!
Recruitment and HR
Along with planning and accounting, people are one of the most important aspects for your startup, which can literally make or break your success. Hiring the right people and hanging on to them is absolutely essential if you are to meet your goals as a company. To do this you will need to have the necessary recruitment and human resources (HR) systems in place, and again you should have these formalised from the very beginning, in order to avoid any issues. This is particularly important if you are operating within a sector which is experiencing a talent shortage, such as many areas of tech at the moment, so securing and retaining good talent is challenging.
As a business, your clients are everything. The success of your startup hinges on you being able to grow your customer base, as well as hold on to the customers you have. This, in turn, requires you to build strong customer relationship. In order to be able to do this, a customer relationship management (CRM) system is invaluable. The type of system you have will vary depending on the nature and size of your business, but it is absolutely essential to have some kind of CRM to track your customers and maintain great relationships with them.
The final area which is vital for the success of any startup is marketing. Marketing is essential to build your brand and grow your customer base. This is increasingly challenging in today’s hyper-competitive marketplace, and so a strong marketing strategy is critical. This is also an area which some startups leave for latter stages, to their peril. Adhoc marketing tactics are no where near as effective as a comprehensive, formalised marketing strategy which works in perfect tandem with your strategic plan and other key systems.
By taking the time to properly set up these key systems prior to launch your startup, you will be putting your company in a much stronger position, and building the foundations for success.
About the Author
Sophie is a professional blogger and writer who specializes in modern design and all things web development. She is passionate about traveling and exploring new places.DATA and ANALYTICS , SOCIAL BUSINESS