Structural needs of a startup

One of the things that have aided the rise of great nations and civilisations throughout history is the organisational structure the societies that made up those civilisations were able to implement. With these structures in place, they were able to overtake existing civilisations and implement their own structures and institutions.

This applies to many other fields and aspects of human life and endeavour, as it affects both individuals and groups. However, one area where it seems to be so integral to is in the area of business and business administration. This is even more important for startups.


What are startups?

These are businesses that are in their formative years. At this point in the life of the business, certain details as it pertains to the target, objectives, mode of operation and goals of the business have not yet been sorted out, as the business is still trying to find its feet.

Now, it has to be understood that setting up a startup is a risky venture, as there is no guarantee that it will be successful. For perspective purposes, majority of startups fail within the first or second year of existence. This just goes to show the huge task setting up and running a startup is.

Sadly, in the bid to get past the various hurdles that face their establishment, many startups do not bother about instituting a well-organised system or structure in their establishment. Many a time, they rely on their gut instinct or drive and then hope for the best. But as has been the case severally, many run into problems that could have easily been sorted out, if they were better organised, only a few survive this error.


Why startups should be structured

The question should be; why does any organisation need structure? Basically, the structure of any organisation defines the organisation. It can also go a long way in determining the success of the business. Again, it also helps a business to weather the, sometimes, inevitable storm that might rock the business. Thus, where there is no such structure, the business often does not survive it.

For the above reasons and more, it is very expedient that a business be well structured primarily for its own good. The question may then be asked by a curious entrepreneur; what are the structural needs of a startup?


Legal structure

The very first thing that all startups need is a legal structure or, at the least, a legal foundation. This is the foundation for any venture worldwide. The primary reason for this is because the society we live in is built on laws, and these laws guide every human activity in the society. Therefore, it is only wise that the very first thing an entrepreneur, who is about to start a business, should do is engage an attorney for legal guidance in the formation of the business or company.


Administrative structure

The next thing that you should do once the legal structure and form of the venture is established is its administrative structure. The administrative structure of a business organisation or a company has to do with how the daily activities of the business will be run and handled. To do this, an administrative system has to be put in place with individual members or employees of the organisation having clearly defined duties and roles with a recognisable chain of command.



The success of many of the institutions and organisations that we see in the world today can largely be attributed to organisation. Therefore, as one who has ambition for their startup and who hopes that the startup gets to be as big as those great organisations, it is better to start implementing the principles that have brought those organisations so much success.

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