Business Hacks: Learn how to succeed in your first startup
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Business Hacks: Learn how to succeed in your first startup

Learn a set of simple, applicable hacks that can make the difference between success and failure in your business.
4.5 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,114 students enrolled
Last updated 2/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Shift your mind from employee to entrepreneur
  • Change your thinking and your environment
  • Spot business opportunities
  • Turn ideas into business models
  • Construct a brief but meaningful business plan
  • Select areas to focus on in your early business
  • Choose the right partner for your business
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  • You don't need to know anything about business to start this course.

UPDATE: Now more than 1000+ students enrolled in this course!


Have you been dreaming of your own business?

Have you caught yourself on self doubt and asking questions like

  • how do I start my business?
  • do I need to quit my job?
  • how to plan my business?
  • should I do this alone?

You can get these questions and more answered in this course.

This course will help you get off the ground with your first business adventure.

At the end of this course you will know:

  • How to shift your mind from employee to entrepreneur
  • How your background influences you
  • How to create business ideas
  • How to turn ideas into business models
  • How to plan your business
  • What to focus on at the start of your business
  • How to select business partners

This course is will help you successfully start your business.

There are other courses out there about growing a business but this one focuses on getting off the ground.

You will lean some essentials on digging business ideas, turning ideas into business models, planning a business, carefully selecting partners and more.

This course in a form of hacks - simple applicable tactics to raise your chances in success in your first business adventure.

Every hack in this course was extracted from a life experience either mine or a close friend's. Every hack is the meaning of what happened. And they can be applied to any business. So either you are planning or doing some business online or offline it will be benefitial to you. The course includes real life stories.

In addition you will get actionable items in form of spreadsheets and links to resources I found helpful.

If after taking the course you won't find this material useful to you, you have a full 30 day money back guarantee.

You are also getting a lifetime access to all the lectures in this course and future updates and bonuses.

I will be happy to answer your questions on starting your business!

It might come in form of questions, not answers - I prefer coaching than instructing.

Join me on this course!



PS: The $19 price is an initial offer to build students and reviews.I believe this course can bring you much more in savings and profits in your business adventure.I plan on raising the price in the near future, as more content will be added soon.

If you want to take advantage of the initial price, sign up now!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for newbie entrepreneurs, and those thinking of becoming an entrepreneur.
  • This course is also for those business owners who are lost on their way and would like to get back on track and regain focus.
  • This course is addressed especially to IT savvy people (programmers, managers, graphic designers), but the knowledge is generally applicable to everyone who wants to do business
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Curriculum For This Course
6 Lectures 12:58

This lecture presents the core problem I am trying to help you with - starting your first business adventure.

It containts

  • about me
  • what you will learn
  • why should you take this course
Preview 02:03

The lecture describe the mindset shift needed to happen to begin the entrepreneur’s journey. It contains a list of useful resources (books, links).

Key take aways:

  • Feed your mind with good stuff
  • Avoid the noise
  • Hang out with supporting people
Preview 03:04

Here I explain my view on the impact of your upbringing in your chances in business. And what can you do about it?

Key takeaways:

  • Focus on your strengths
  • —Forget the past, you are in NOW
  • Learn and Do

Book mentioned in this chapter:

The Way of the Wild Heart by John Eldridge

Search for the story of Colonel Sanders founder of KFC : "In his travels, he was rejected on many occasions, laughed at about his attire of his starched white shirt and white pants. However, Sanders persevered, and after a little over 1,000 visits, he finally persuaded Pete Harman in South Salt Lake, Utah to partner with him. They launched the first "Kentucky Fried Chicken" site in 1952."

Preview 02:34

You know the saying ‘you become the average of 5 people you spend most time with”?

How can you influence your success with mastermind groups.

Key takeaways:

  • Identify like minded friends
  • Identify people who you know that they run businesses
  • Plan a meeting schedule
The environment that shapes you

Where are your chances of success higher?

Is stepping out of your field helpful?

Key take aways:

  • What is your current professional field?
  • What is your hobby / interest?
  • What do people ask your advice about?
Out of your field or out of your league

Prepare - section summary
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5 Lectures 12:49

Here I explain what is a Business Model, why is Distribution important.

Key takeaways:

  • Focus on the Client and Distribution, not just the Product.
  • Do you personally know any prospect Clients?
  • Try to convince them to buy your product. Do they love the idea?
Preview 02:31

This lecture is about training your mind to come up with ideas that can be turned into businesses.

It includes two resources to help you generate and rate ideas.

Key takeaways:

  • Make a list of your ideas, and do a brief research
  • Talk to like minded people about your business ideas
  • Focus on one and go further
Digging for business ideas

If it is your first business and you want to simplify.

There are so many things to learn in business, you need to keep it to the essence. I will show you a few examples.

Key takeaways

  • What can be eliminated from your idea?
  • What is not essential?
  • What is the core problem you are solving?
The value of simple things

The basic elements of a business plan.

Why make one?

Key takeaways

  • Plan before you start
  • Start and review your plan regularly
  • Stick to the essence of why you are making your product/service
Planning is essential

Plan - section summary
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4 Lectures 09:50

I know quite a few people thinking about their own business.

I know much fewer people that actually did something about those ideas.

Key takeaways:

  • —You can see only a part of the path from where you stand
  • —The sooner on the road, the sooner you will know what is important
  • —Discovery by action, rather than analysis
Preview 02:50

I know there are businesses that could not be started without external financing.

But please remember this course is about increasing your chances in succeeding in your first business.

Key takeaways:

  • Divide your capital into initial costs and the runway
  • Start small and grow big
  • Aim at income early on
Financing your business… on a credit card

When is it a good idea to quit your job? Wait for sustainable income, review your plans and then decide to go with your business full time.

Key takeaways

  • Are you ready for a full time adventure?
  • Take time to prepare
  • How about evenings and weekends for start?
Quitting your job now?

Move - section summary
1 page
7 Lectures 15:43

Concentrate on sales at the beginning of your business. Choose those businesses that bring sales as soon as possible.

Key takeaways

  • How will you sell the product?
  • Who in your business will be doing the sales?
  • How big is the market for your product?
Focus on sales early on

Do not over perfect your first product. Your goal should be: getting out to the world as soon as possible to gather feedback and based on that, being able to refine it.

Key takeaways:

  • Identify your MVP
  • Take it all the way
  • Then rinse and repeat
Digging your first tunnel

Every startup person should schedule time for strategic long term thinking. You can follow my process in the resources of this lecture.

Key takeaways:

  • The key is balance – that is focus energy where you should
  • Plan a weekly getaway – with pleasure
Weekly coffee getaway

Some partnerships add value to the business, some can be a distraction. Choose and test your partners well.

Key takeaways:

  • Choose your partners well
  • Take account of your skills and identify the gaps
  • Take a test ride
Business partnerships

Be open for new opportunities, but beware of not trying to do too many things at once.

Key takeaways:

  1. Communicate your ideas to the world
  2. Do not jump into every opportunity that comes your way
Being open

Summary of course and

Thank You!

Wrap up

Focus - section summary
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About the Instructor
Kornel Kulisiewicz
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1,114 Students
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Entrepreneur, IT and business consultant

For the last 10 years I have been transforming my mentality from employee to entrepreneur.

Before my first successful business I failed with four.

I had a wine shop, a café, an internet startup, a real estate investment and a successful digital agency & software company NapoleonCat com.

Friends have been coming to me for advice on their business ideas so I decided to wrap up all that I have learned to help you raise your chances of success.

My education (M Sc in Computer Science) and career started in the IT world, where I first joined IBM on a large telecom project.

As I looked for challenges I joined a startup CRM consultancy company and worked on several IT projects in many industries and locations wordlwide. The company quickly grew from 5 to 300 employees in 5 years. This was the time when I started thinking of business and had my first attempts.

After a few trails I founded my first successful company. The company’s NapoleonCat was recognised by Facebook Inc. as Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer after 12 months from launch. We successfully created a new brand and positioned it on the market. The company was profitable!

I have a gorgeous wife, 2 fantastic sons and 2 dogs.

I’m into self development, improving everything around me, yoga and outdoor trips.