Are there business development classes I can take that will better prepare me for entrepreneurship?
I am interested to hear if anyone recommends a certain course or class that can benefit my career as an entrepreneur. I am looking for courses for me to attend as well as classes I can recommend to my team members; some at different levels of beginner, moderate and advanced.
John C Maxwell is the guru on leadership, so I would suggest reading his books
SCORE holds free webinars and low-cost local classes. Check with your state's Small Business Development Council also.
Yes, You can join in any 3months or 6months package management classes by any B-school. thanks. Search on Internet.
The best places to look for business development classes are a Central Library with business workshops for business owners, alternatively contact colleges/universities about any evening classes.
However, in my experience I would look about doing a course through Lynda.com via LinkedIn or Udemy.com.
Hope my advice help and best of luck with your business venture.
There are excellent programs on entrepreneurship but since you don't reveal where you live, its hard to recommend something. I agree with the comments of avoid theory and I would also say avoid the book keeping and things like that. Be successful and hire people to do those things for you.
Yes, there are a lot and good ones. I had found Coursera, edx, MIT online, and few other platforms tremendous at helping you gain and improve specific skills, but entrepreneurship go way more far from concepts, books, and training. You have to apply what you understood in order to learn it better, share experience, connect with other in related fields, debate and critique results, and make your own impressions while adapting them as you wish and find fit.
imo, the best thing you could do is buy lunch for about ten people, one at a time, who you see to be running successful small businesses. #1 this will teach and/or show you the difficulties surrounding getting time with a decision maker, which is a great segue into the world of sales. Get these people talking about their sales and selling efforts. Everything else is commodity info you can find in Google.
For me, SCORE and similar organizations are pretty much a waste of time. While SCORE volunteers mean well, they all tend to come from largish companies that had lots of underlings and lots of revenue. For the most part, imo, they're all from businesses that existed and/or grew prior to the advent of what a small biz will see in today's set of conditions. Having sat through several of their "lectures", they seemed to be reciting something from a 1950s era business textbook. None of them understood online sales and none of them had much to say on selling. They did have nice networks of people they knew. Then they would hand out a bunch of SBA drivel that was outdated (but well meaning) like it contained the secrets to success. Maybe true from twenty years ago.
For the most part, and with some exceptions, anyone that can type a search using Google can acquire the same body of knowledge as what these SCORE retirees/people seem to offer. All nice and smart people, but I thought their experience and outlook was a generation old and based on largish cash flow positive companies. A far cry from a home based startup existing from sale to sale and project to project.
Unless things have radically changed in the last decade most gov't-sponsored entities, including classes, seem to consider small business anything under multiple millions of dollars in revenue. Government awareness and emphasis on helping the 1-2 person startup does not exist. They want (and they should) largish affairs that can prop up state and fed tax collections and thus allow them to show some ROI on what they spend on biz dev. 1-2 person startups does not work in their scheme, albeit well intended.
Spend your time and money on taking small biz people out to lunch. imo, you'll get more out of listening to their stories than anything organized by a public entity.
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Most regions -- cities, counties -- have an educational program for small businesses tied in to the Small Business Administration. Google education for entrepreneurs or go to the SBA website to look up what's available for you.
I've been working with mine with excellent results.
Entrepreneurship is a strange beast. If you have a decent amount of basic education and knowledge, it simply is just better to jump straight in and start the company. The problems that are unique to you cannot be taught very well before. Join an accelerator or launch program similar to Founder Institute.
Yes, there are a number of programs out there for start ups or entrepreneurs....Coursera, Score, AMA, etc,. Each one has there pros and cons so must research and weigh which one is best suited for your personality and your business.
Forget Academic Courses. My experience of MBAs and most professional Uni courses is that they have no basis of real business experience ... written by academics using academic theory which has no basis in reality! Here is a course based on 23 years of practical business coaching;
I agree with all those who recommend SCORE. Classes won't help in the real world, unless you need theory. You need a mentor, and SCORE will provide that.
Yes there is courses for business developments , you have to ask for training insititutes of training courses centers ,they are available everywhere . you can take seriel courses to be qualified for entrepreneuship .
Score offers counseling and courses and classes on business entrepreneurial studies, help, etc.... I suggest you contact a Score counselor in your area and set up a mentoring appointment with him or her...
Check out this link for some free online courses that might be helpful in your pursuit.https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/244279
Best of luck.
You can just go on the Small Business Administration website for online classes for free. Also, you can schedule an appointment to see someone for an one-on-one consultation.
I wish you the best.
Score.org or your local Score web site also contain several dozen pre-recorded webinars - grouped by general topics. Listen 24/7 for free. Will also list near-term live webinars.
The classes developed in and by academics will not actually prepare you for starting your first business. Organizational institutions teach business from the organizational paradigm not from the micro-enterprise paradigm. It doesn't matter how large you believe your business will become, it will start out as a micro-enterprise (under 11 employees). This business model is very different than the much larger organizational model. Lack of financial and human resources require owners / founders to find alternative strategies and tactics to address and overcome the challenges that larger organization will apply the academic solutions which depend on people and money. We have written a book on the subject called "The BizCube Paradigm - A System for Starting and Building A Successful Small Business". We use the book in a live on-line workshop to help new business owners get organized and moving forward. If you'd like more information email me and I will send you a no cost overview. We've been using and teaching this for the last 20 years. Hope that helps.Steve Chapman
...locate the SCORE office closet to you. This is a tax-funded resource peopled with volunteers from all aspects of the business world. Most of the advice is no charge but they also host many paid classes relevant to what you need to know. Highly recommend.