Organizational Structure

Setting Up Office

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Startup

One of the first practical tasks is to set up an office for the organization. If it is not immediately possible to rent an independent office space, one option is for the founder to set a separate office space in his or her own home. For most organizations, this naturally is a temporary solution. The key objective is to have a space that is clearly distinct from private activities.

Initial expenses may include

  • Phone system
  • Fax machine
  • Computer
  • Office equipment and supplies
  • Business cards
  • Printing

Initial systems, documents, and registrations may include

  • Web site
  • Accounting and filing systems
  • Organizational documents and brochures
  • Marketing materials