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Four Business Start-Up Templates That You Must Have

written by: Shiketa•edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 7/12/2010

Starting up a business is a very exciting time and at the same time-- it can be very confusing. There are four business start-up templates that you must have in starting up a business: business plan, business letterhead, business cards, and a start-up checklist.

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    A Business Plan

    Business Plan A business plan is the most important business start-up template in planning for the success of a new business. In fact, a business plan is the first step to organizing your business before the actual start-up. You must create a plan for your business to be successful. Moreover, the plan must be in writing to hold you accountable to your business plans. Moreover, A business plan must consist of the following: history or summary of your company, marketing strategy, business organization, key personnel, key managers/officers, expenses, financial plan, goals, and many other key details in running a business. Business plans may vary depending on your business industry. Check out the sample Business Plan in our Media Gallery.

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    Business Cards

    Every business owner needs a business card. Business cards can be created on your personal computer at home or by a printing company. Business cards are very affordable ranging in price from $4.99-$19.99, depending on the quantity of business cards that you need. Business cards can also be printed from your home computer by using MS Office Publisher. If your computer has Office Publisher, simply click Office Publisher icon, choose business card option, select a design and add your business information. You will need blank business cards to create your business cards from your computer. Blank business cards can be purchased at your local Walmart or office supply store. You can find a sample business card template in our Media Gallery.

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    Business Letterhead

    Having business letterhead saved on your computer is a great way to type and send letters that include your business contact information, your business name, address, phone number, fax number, email address, website, and company logo. Moreover, it is a professional way to communicate with customers and prospects. In our Media Gallery, you'll find a business letterhead template to help get you started.

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    Business Start-up Checklist

    New business start-ups should also have a checklist that will serve as a organized reminder of each step in planning a new business. The start-up checklist should consist of the following information: background work, business transactions, and first steps. During the background work process you will need to complete market research, identify competitors, indentify financial risks, and assess your strengths and weaknesses. Business transactions will include: selecting a lawyer, an accountant, a banker, an insurance agent, business insurance, choosing a form of organization, and setting up a business bank account. Finally, getting a federal employer identification number, setting a start date, buying or leasing furniture and equipment, signing a lease, and obtaining tax forms should also be on your list. This is just a brief overview of all the tasks that are included on a business start-up check list to help you to organize the start-up of your business. In our Media Gallery, you'll find a sample of a business start-up checklist.

    By utilizing these four business start up templates, you'll soon be on your way to beginning and branding your business.