Where is the best place to get online training as a new entrepreneur?
I am looking for a place to get structured training to help me learn about starting and running my own business. I have found a lot of material online, but I would like a place that has courses and recommendations on what I should focus on at different stages since I am not sure what priorities I should event set yet. Basically someplace that guides me through the process. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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Caitlin, you don't state whether you are looking for specificially legal and general start-up advice and/or advice on finding your niche market, creating appropriate avenues for marketing once you start, developing delivery systems etc.
I agree that the SBA a and SCORE are excellent places to learn some basic regarding things to consider and have in place before start-up In fact, I often recommend clients start there to get a sense of what business ownership will entail.
Once you get your foundation started however, then you may want to determine if you need specific business coaching to help you grow and sustain a thriving business.
Having an idea and learning how to create a business around it is one part.
Taking that business into the next level and creating a variety of products/services, developing growth systems for sustained revenue and learning where and when to market is another level entirely.
Best of Luck.
I would suggest the FREE learning site, Alison.com Lots of education classes you can learn and yes, you can get a mentor from SCORE.
Caitlin, We offer this kind of program at DE, Inc. It is being used by economic development organization to standardize how small business are being grown in cities and counties.
Currently our online program is in beta testing. So you can help us out if you're interested at the same time while you learn and apply our approach to your business. Here is a link if you'd like to take a closer look at what we have to offer: http://dinoeliadis.com/beta-test-announcement/
If you have any questions or concerns you can contact me here on mosiaicHUB via my profile. Good luck! - Dino
Sue Glenn's advice is excellent... I am a Score counselor and would be glad to help you through e-mail if you wish, if not go face to face with a Score counselor near you....
Here are two sources: (1) www.rushmore.edu - Online MBA in Entrepreneurship Program, and (2) Guidebook to Planning - A Common Sense Approach, available on Amazon.
Go right to SCORE.org and in addition find a mentor for free. You'll find advice from starting a busines to selling it and everything in between. Aticles, webinars, classes. Also SBA.org. Good luck!