Startup technical issues vary depending on the business purpose. The Internet presence of a startup will not always be the same as for other startups and other startups may not always be the best example to follow. The technical aspects of a business surpass the threshold requirements of having a computer and a phone. Considering the purpose of a startup business, let us touch on certain points. For instance, consumer interaction with the startup will determine the technology needed. The Consumer interaction will also determine processes that will have to be established, interfacing with the technology in-house. How the consumer interfaces with its generated data from the transaction will also hel determine the technical needs of the startup.
If the startup business is strictly sales of items on an Internet platform, and not brick-n-mortar salesperson vis-à-vis consumer transaction, a web presence will be necessary. Needing to have a web presence will draw in the need to decide on a variety of issues, i.e., domain name selection, selection of the appropriate domain name purveyor, selection of a host, decision to own your own server, select the type of hosting segmentation (shared or not shared), or use a rented site. Each will have it pluses and drawbacks. Each will have its liability attributes as well. Liability exposure must be considered.
If the startup business engages consumers with an online point of sale consummating the transaction involving third-party payment means, that will also bring additional considerations. Transaction clearing will also be a consideration as the process for the merchandise is orchestrated with shipping considering the clearing of payment. Selecting a payment platform is a good idea.
If the startup foresees its consumer service generating a considerable amount of records, data, and review information that will be needed in the future, either for services to be rendered, regulatory, administrative needs such as billing, or even diagnostic, the physical selection of the cloud network offering becomes valuable. The issue cloud network process selection will be covered in a following offering in our posts. There is a liability concern as well with the choice of either hosting your IT process or resort to a data space or data center (off site) that provides “remote access” to your startup generated data. Issue of compliance and liability popup also with cloud consideration. Consumer privacy is a hot topic for businesses these days, along with consumer protection.
Startup business will be relying of software and software choices will have to be considered from accounting, scanning, data retrieval, and archiving. Not all software is the same and some that do not have a big-ticket name do the job and are up and coming to provide startups a chance to compete and break the pocket book. But, even each selection of software, the startup must consider if it will be complaint with the software’s functional offering capability.
There is not doubt that startup technical issues are varied, and they are crucial for the future success of the startup. Office computing and intra-network facets are adaptable to the startup business’ service and business type. The selections must be carefully considered involving multiple factors. Going as efficient as possible with every step of augmenting technical computing components of the startup business is a smart way to go about its initial process. It is important to keep in mind the interaction of the startups service delivery method with the consumer and how the consumer engages the startup as the startup selects its computing network.
While the number startup technical issues outnumber the fingers in your hands, they are manageable, and thousands of entrepreneurs engage in this same process every day. Just keep in mind not all technical offerings are the same for every startup business.