Anyone can start a small business. You don’t need a university degree or a friend who works at a bank. But you do need knowledge, a plan and hard work to get your business off the ground.
Starting a business is risky if you don’t plan. At SCORE, America’s business startup expert, we have developed a list of 20 items we want you to consider doing to help you manage the risk of starting a business. This list, SCORE’s Small Business Essentials Startup Task List, is your planning roadmap and lets you plan your new business step-by-step.
SCORE’s Small Business Essentials Workshop Series was developed to help anyone who is starting a business get the skills and knowledge to complete the business startup task list. We have streamlined our workshops to cover these key activities so that you are prepared to accomplish them after each workshop. All the workshops are two to three hours in length and taught by experienced SCORE Mentors.
In our first workshop, “Creating a Quick Business Plan in 3 Hours,” we will help you take your idea and turn it into a product or service. We do that by helping you create a business plan based on the “Lean Canvas” template. In our second workshop, “Successfully Starting a Business,” we’ll help you lay the foundation of your business by helping you choose the right business entity and understand the essentials of licensing, insurance, and funding.
Once you have a plan for getting your business up and running you need to make a plan to get customers. In the “Marketing: Strategies to Identify and Reach Your Target Customers” workshop we help you find your best customers (target market), write your value proposition and marketing message and then create a promotional plan that lets you present your business in the best possible light. In “Marketing: Increase Sales and Profits with Pricing and Distribution Strategies” we spend most of the workshop on pricing and have special sections on the pricing of products and the pricing of services. Finally, in “Marketing: Digital Marketing to Grow Your Business”, we explore how to get your business online to really boost your sales – profitability.
Understanding and tracking your finances are critical to any successful business. In “Financial Basics for New Small Businesses” we review calculating your startup costs, projecting sales, creating a projected profit and loss statement and cash flow statement. We also include special guidance for service-based businesses and help you make plans to pay your business taxes.
The workshop “Tax Essentials for New and Existing Business Owners” gives you the skills to understand all your federal, state and local taxes and create a plan to pay them. If you are considering getting a business loan or lease for your business, you will need to put all your plans together in a formal business plan. Our “Building a Formal Business Plan” workshop will show you how!
So, when you are ready for the challenge and the reward of starting something of your very own, contact SCORE! Get a mentor and attend our workshops to learn the essentials of starting a new business. Whether you are starting a business on your own (one-person business) or a business with employees, we have the right set of workshops to help you succeed.
Small Business Essentials Workshop Series:
- Making a Quick Business Plan in Three Hours
- Successfully Starting a New Business
- Marketing: Strategies to Identify and Reach Your Target Customers
- Marketing: Increase Sales and Profits with Pricing and Distribution Strategies
- Marketing: Digital Marketing to Grow your Business
- Financial Basics for New Small Businesses
- Tax Essentials for New and Existing Business Owners
- Building a Formal Business Plan (optional)