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Launching a Startup? Here’s What to Do Beforehand

Many successful entrepreneurs know that it’s a long journey between the initial idea spark and the execution of your startup business. So what did they do differently that others failed to do? For one, they didn’t just jump right onto the launch pad and blast off their idea with no direction or plan in mind.

originalSuccessful startups involve many factors and things to do before the launch. Here are a few:

Have a clear vision of core business values. If you don’t have a good idea of the potential of your startup or even why you are launching your business and products, you need to reconsider. Why should others believe in your products if you don’t? Decide what your core business values should be and then go from there. Every other decision should fall into place.

Gather your contacts. Make a list of all contacts within the past few years and pop this info into a customer relationship management system. This way you can personalize the list and make note of contacts who can serve as mentors and others who could be sufficient for press contacts.

Make a business plan. In order to turn your innovative ideas into fruition, you must make a business plan. It does not have to be in great detail; just make some form of a business plan before you even think about launching your startup.

Network with other entrepreneurs. You can learn a great deal from successful entrepreneurs who have already launched many startups. And if you ever have challenges and questions, you’ll have experienced colleagues to ask for advice.

Track the progress of your startup. The data you gather from tracking progress can greatly assist in marketing and acquiring customers. Analytics tools can help you to track website and blog visits so that you can cater content to your audience. Email marketing metrics can help determine if your email marketing campaigns are engaging contacts.

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