Starting Your Small Business - Are You Ready?
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Starting Your Small Business - Are You Ready?

Are ready to be your own boss and start a small business? If you're not ready now, learn what you need to get launched!
4.2 (5 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
7 students enrolled
Created by Henry Lopez
Last updated 4/2020
English
Price: $99.99
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 8 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Understand and define why you want to start your own business.
  • Uncover the myths and realities of business ownership.
  • Assess if you are ready, willing and able to be your own boss.
  • Understand the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur.
  • Use the Business Ownership Readiness Scorecard to help you get ready.
  • Identify what you may need to develop or improve before starting a small business.
  • Identify the help you need to get your business started.
Requirements
  • No experience or special knowledge required before taking this course.
  • All you need is the willingness to learn, and the dedicated to complete this course.
Description

Have you been dreaming and planning to start your own small business? Are you ready to be your own boss? Are you not sure how to get started or if you really are ready? If you are considering starting your first small business, and you have questions like these and more, then this course is for you.

Before you decide on a business idea or start writing a business plan, and before you take course on how to start your business, it’s important to assess how ready you are to be your own boss.

✔ After completing this course, you will have a clear understanding of what you need to do next to get started on your path to business ownership.

This course focuses on helping you determine if you are currently ready, willing and able to be your own boss. And if you are not ready now, you will have a clear understanding of what you need to launch your first business.

The Business Ownership Readiness Scorecard will be your guide to understanding where you are now, and the specific areas you need to learn more about and the help you need to be a successful business owner. This tool will bring clarity and direction to what can be a confusing and overwhelm process.

It all starts with your personal why. Your vision for your future, and understanding what motivates you. Why do you want to start your own business? This course will help you define your reasons for wanting to start a small business.

To become your own boss, you have to be ready, willing and able to overcome the obstacles and challenges that can keep you from realizing your dreams. You have to be mentally and emotionally ready, you must be willing to put in the time and effort, and you must able to afford the investment of time, money and energy.

By the end of this course you will have a much better understanding of what it will take to be a business owner. You will also be able to identify what you may need to work on before you launch your business, and the team of people you will need to help you along the way.

Who this course is for:
  • If you are thinking about starting your first small business, this course is for you!
  • If you are considering leaving the corporate world and becoming your own boss, this course if for you!
  • If you have always dreamed of building your own company, but don’t know where to start, this course is for you!
Course content
Expand all 21 lectures 02:22:34
+ Course Introduction
3 lectures 12:11
  • An introduction to this course. 

  • An overview of the course learning objectives.

  • The course requirements.

  • An overview of the course content.

  • You are encourage to please ask questions at any time.

  • Bonus materials will be added over time to keep this course updated and relevant. 

Preview 05:08

In this lecture, Henry Lopez (your instructor for this course) will introduce himself and share some highlights from his background and experiences as an employee in the corporate world and an entrepreneur.

1.2 Instructor Introduction
02:04

An introduction to the Business Ownership Readiness Scorecard, you will use this tool throughout the course, and it will become your road map to launching your first small business.

Please print this Scorecard (landscape format) before starting this lecture.

1.3 Business Ownership Readiness Scorecard
04:59
+ Why do you want to be your own boss?
6 lectures 25:47

An overview of Section 2 of this course - Why do you want to be your own boss?

Preview 02:14

This lecture introduces the process and importance of determining your personal "Why" and how it relates to your planned business. For most of us, our “Why” includes the desire for control over our lives and the pursuit of certain freedoms.

Preview 02:17

This lecture highlights and debunks some of the common myths about business ownership.     

Preview 05:19

This lecture helps you define your personal “Why” for starting a small business.     

Preview 04:03

Henry Lopez (your instructor for this course) shares his personal “why” for being a business owner.   

Preview 07:41

Please take this short (6 questions) quiz to help you determine if you have understood the material we covered in this section. Don't stress! If you miss some or all of the questions, simply go back and review the lectures again or post questions so that I can help you. 

Section 2 Quiz
6 questions

How to complete your Business Ownership Readiness Scorecard, after completing Section 2 of this course.

Preview 04:13
+ Ready, Willing and Able?
10 lectures 01:31:56

Overview of Section 3 of this course - Are you Ready, Willing and Able to start your first small business?

3.0 Section Introduction
04:33

This lecture helps you begin to determine if you are currently ready for business ownership.

3.1 How do you know?
04:59

This lecture helps you determine if your are currently mentally and emotionally ready to start your first business. Are you ready to accept that failure is a real possibility? Is the fear of embarrassment if you fail what's really holding you back from starting your first business?

Preview 16:22

This lecture helps you determine if you are currently willing to invest the time and effort required to start your first business. Are you willing to make the sacrifices and are you able to delay gratification, so that you can realize your dreams of business ownership?

3.3 Are you Willing?
08:04

This lecture helps you determine if you are currently able to afford the investment of time, money and energy to start your first small business. You must have sufficient time, health and energy to take on the challenge of starting and growing a small business. You must also have your personal finances in order, particularly if you plan to borrow money to start you business.

3.4 Are you Able?
15:16

What are some of the common characteristics of successful small business owners and entrepreneurs, and how do you currently compare?

3.5 Characteristics of a Successful Entrepreneur
08:41

Henry Lopez, your instructor, shares the story of starting his first business back in 1991.

3.6 How I Started My First Business
05:37

This lecture covers the business knowledge and experience required to be successful with the start-up phase of launching your small business.

3.7 Business Knowledge - Start-Up
16:39

This lecture covers the business knowledge and experience required to be successful with the operations of your small business.

3.8 Business Knowledge - Operations
08:20

A few questions (8 multiple choice) to help us assess if I am communicating the concepts in this section effectively. Don't stress! If you miss some or all of the questions, simply go back and review the lectures again or post questions so that I can help you. 

Section 3 Quiz
8 questions

How to complete your Business Ownership Readiness Scorecard, after completing Section 3 of this course.

3.9 Business Ownership Readiness Scorecard
03:25
+ Readiness Scorecard & Roadmap
2 lectures 12:40

Please take this final quiz (11 questions) quiz to help you determine if you have understood the material we covered in this course. If you miss some or all of the questions, simply go back and review the lectures again or post questions so that I can help you. 

Final Quiz
11 questions

How to interpret your final score on the Business Ownership Readiness Scorecard.

4.1 Business Ownership Readiness Scorecard
04:19

Congratulations on completing this course! Now it's about continue to take action - what's next for you base on how ready, willing and able you currently are to start your first business?

4.2 Your Roadmap - What's next?
08:21