Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

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Get help starting your business. You don’t have to go it alone.

If you’re thinking about starting your own business, this course will give you the understanding you need to be well informed and confident when you evaluate your ideas.

Watch the online modules and download the free resources to get practical information and exercises that will help you determine whether starting a small business is right for you.

In the full Simple Steps for Starting Your Business online program, you will test the feasibility of your business idea and decide whether or not you should move forward or go back to the drawing board. You'll do this by researching industry profile data, customer data, financial projections, and other information. You'll also have a sample feasibility plan to use as a guide.

Download the Simple Steps for Starting Your Business workbook that accompanies the modules and provides more information.


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The Basics of Starting a Business

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There are a number of factors to keep in mind before starting your own business. This module will introduce you to key business considerations such as the myths and realities of entrepreneurship, different business options to pursue, the components of business ownership, legal and financial considerations, and the business plan basics. 

Defining Your Business Concept

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This module will show you how to evaluate your business ideas in order to decide whether or not you should move forward with your business concept or go back to the drawing board. 

Creating Your Marketing Plan

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In this module, you will learn how to market your business by doing a competitive comparison, creating a product and services description, developing a pricing strategy, identifying your target markets and channels, outlining a marketing message and learning sales basics.

Developing Your Financial Projections

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In this online training module, you'll learn the importance of financial planning, how to build your financial model, and how to understand financial statements, including an income statement, cash flow statement, and balance sheet.

Identifying Funding Sources

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In this module, you will learn about accounting and bookkeeping systems, sources of capital, the six C’s of credit, and banking relations. You will also conduct a financial statement analysis and determine the next steps on your path to starting a business.

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