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How To Start A Successful Business Now!

Learn the key factors you need to know to make your business a success - factors that led us to 17+ years of success!
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Created by Justin Gallant
Last updated 6/2015
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  • 12 Supplemental Resources
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You don't have to be one of the 8 out of 10 businesses that fail within their first 18 months of opening. This course will teach you the Key Factors critical to making your business a success, and AVOID those pitfalls - saving you thousands of dollars! These factors helped us take a business from $160/day in business to $700k/year!

Get your business on the path to success at the start with this easy to follow course.

  • Actual examples used to learn the importance of the Key Factors.
  • Worksheets provided to help you get your plan in place by the end of the course.
  • NEW - 2 Minute Challenges to really get you thinking!

This course will help you create your path to success.

The practices you learn are the same ones we used to create and run our successful restaurants for over 17 years! Well-known businesses have used similar strategies. Now, you'll know how to make your business a success from the start!

As an added bonus, we have included the "Bonus Section: Tie it all into the Business Plan". Using the worksheets provided, you will tie them directly into the construction of a comprehensive business plan and will have a solid foundation for your new endeavor.

Sign-up now! There's a 30 day guarantee. You will be on your way toward starting a successful business!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for those interested in starting their own successful business.
  • This course is for the business owner struggling with their current current business and wish to bring it to a new level.
  • Whether selling a product online, starting a restaurant, designing websites... or any business idea, this course is for you.
  • If you prefer not to take chances and continue to work for someone else, then this course is not for you.
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What Will I Learn?
Learn the 5 key factors to make your business successful.
Put yourself on the path to success.
Create a solid foundation for your future endeavor.
Research and understand what it will take to get your new endeavor going.
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  • It's helpful to have an idea about your new venture, but not necessary.
  • If you already have a business, then this course will help you focus on the key factors that will lead it to success.
  • Be open minded and ready to learn what it takes to start a successful business.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 26 Lectures Collapse All 26 Lectures 01:06:46
1 Lecture 01:18

There are five factors you must know in order to start a successful new business. Knowing your industry, your business, your customers, yourself and how to define success will allow you move successfully toward starting your new endeavor.

Preview 01:18
Know Your Industry
4 Lectures 07:20

You need to know about the industry your business will be a part of. Research is key.

Thoroughly research the industry your business will be in

Trends in any industry are important to know about. By following the trends in your industry, your business can remain at the front of the pack.

Know the trends

Complete each section/question of the worksheet in order to get a solid foundation for your business and to fully understand the intricacies of your industry.

Research your business' industry
1 page

A short 3 question quiz.

Know Your Industry Quiz
2 questions

The 2 Minute Challenge is a simple exercise to help brainstorm about your business idea.

Preview 1 page
Know Your Business
8 Lectures 13:33
Know what you do

To succeed, you must differentiate your business from the others out there.


Business Structure
4 pages

Employees and more

Work on getting your business information down on paper
1 page

Know Your Business quiz
2 questions

The 2 Minute Challenge is a simple exercise to help brainstorm about your business idea.

Know Your Business - 2 Minute Challenge
1 page

In this short video, we look at Zappos, the online shoe retailer. The founder figured out a way to see if his idea would work - without even setting up the whole business first.

Preview 02:39
Know Your Customers
4 Lectures 08:25
Who will your customers be?

Use this worksheet to start putting together your marketing plan. In order to be successful, you will need to list out where, why and how your customers will find your business.

How will they find you?
1 page

Know Your Customers quiz
2 questions

The 2 Minute Challenge is a simple exercise to help brainstorm about your business idea.

Know Your Customers - 2 Minute Challenge
1 page

Customer service is a vital part of every business. We present two different examples.

Case Study: Customer Service
Know Yourself
5 Lectures 08:05

Part 1: Know what you are capable of doing. We use a new business we started as an example of "why you need to know yourself".

Know Yourself - Part 1

Part 2: Know what you are capable of doing. We use a new business we started as an example of "why you need to know yourself"?

Preview 04:21

This is important: Know what you are capable of!
2 pages

Know Yourself quiz
2 questions

The 2 Minute Challenge is a simple exercise to help brainstorm about your business idea.

Know Yourself - 2 Minute Challenge
1 page

There comes a time in everyone's life when they are ready for a career change. Having recently encountered that myself, I have started writing a short blog about it. Here is one of those entries. What should you take from this? Be proud of what you have decided to do.

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Know Success
2 Lectures 07:41
How do you define success?

Defining Success quiz
1 question

The 2 Minute Challenge is a simple exercise to help brainstorm about your business idea.

Know Success - 2 Minute Challenge
1 page
Wrap up
1 Lecture 02:24

You have learned about your new business idea's industry. You know all about the business and how you want it to work. You know who your customers are and why they need you. You know yourself by learning what you are capable of and whether or not you will be able to do this new business. You have defined success.

A review of all the things discussed.
*Bonus Section: Tie it all into the Business Plan
1 Lecture 00:00

Throughout the course, we have discussed the five key factors to starting a successful new business. Using the worksheets attached to each section, a large portion of your business plan has been put together. This "Bonus Section" will help connect all the pieces so you will have a complete, comprehensive plan for your successful new business!

Let's tie all of the information on the worksheets into a business plan.
3 pages
About the Instructor
5.0 Average rating
3 Reviews
418 Students
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Serial Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Start-up Enthusiast

I love start-up businesses! There is such an energy… an excitement… when someone is getting ready to start their own business. I have spoken with many people about starting their own business. I have lectured at business schools, spoken to young entrepreneurs and counseled many small business owners over the years. I never tire of discussing new business endeavors.

My wife and I have successfully owned restaurants for over 17 years. At one point our small chain approached nearly $2 million in sales. We created the original concept and even franchised out the idea. We took one location that started out making $160/day and grew it into a $700k per year business!

My goal is to help others start their own successful business. By following key steps along the way, anyone can avoid the pitfalls that plague tens of thousands of new businesses each year.


Bachelor of Arts degree with an Individual Concentration in “Entrepreneurial Studies" from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The Bachelor Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) program allows students to design their own major upon approval by University faculty and staff. This self-designed major allowed pursuit of coursework above and beyond standard business school classes.

I am a lifelong entrepreneur and first got my start at age 10 when I started a walking billboard business in Cape Cod, Massachusetts where I advertised local businesses to visiting tourists. Over the years I have started many businesses - some successful, some not. But I have never given up. Currently, we reside in southern Rhode Island where we own a pizza restaurant and support two franchised units of our pizzeria concept.

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