At the School For Startups we regularly host workshops covering everything from how to find a business idea to growing and scaling your company. Learn more below and we hope to see you soon!
Business Building Workshops
In our years of working with entrepreneurs in every stage from ideation to selling their business we found several categories that we come across more than others and we designed the business building workshops to address some of the most common issues when building a business. We host these workshops regularly and the best way to know when the next one is would be to join our newsletter. For now you can learn about them below.
If you know deep down that you were meant to be an entrepreneur but you don’t have any ideas, and aren’t sure what type of business would be best for your personality type we have just the solution. Jim will walk you through a step-by-step process we have used hundreds of times to help people identify the perfect business for them.
Get Your Mind Right
You hear a lot these days about mindset and positive thinking, and that is all well and good, but we dive in to the deep-end and uncover the truly unique elements of what it means to be an entrepreneur and what you need to do every day to get and keep your head in the right space. Entrepreneurship will test you, we are here to make sure you get an A+.
You have a business idea, and you know that it is one that will work. There is a market for it, you are skilled in the areas you need to be skilled in, you may even have your first customer lined up, but there are several boxes to check before you should really dig into building your business. We take the guess work and hours of research out of the equation and get you rolling right away.
Business Money Management
Business finances have a lot in common with your personal finances but there is a LOT they don’t have in common and there are several things you need to know so you don’t end up broke or with a massive tax bill that bankrupts your business. We dive into bookkeeping, accounting, loans, and much much more.
Selling products is a vastly different business model than providing a service and we help guide you through the details and red tape that may be keeping you from building a successful product based business. If you want to get your product to market or learn to scale you distribution, or anything in between we have you covered in this workshop.
Selling your services is an incredible way to get your feet wet or even dive into the deep-end of entrepreneurship, and we will guide you through the steps you need to take to ensure your service-based business is set up for success and you don’t end up making some of the most common mistakes.
Marketing & Advertising
When it comes to getting your company out there and standing out amongst your competition, there is a lot that you can do on your own before hiring expensive experts. From setting up the basics of bootstrapped marketing to managing your own ad campaigns we cover it all.
Bootstrapping The Essentials
There are so many free or super cheap tools, apps, software options out there that it is simultaneously awesome and overwhelming. We help you build the perfect software stack that helps you streamline as much of your business as possible so you can focus on doing what you do best.
How To Sell
For many entrepreneurs, selling is one of the hardest parts of building a business. We help guide you through the sales strategies and tactics that help take your prospect from cold, to warm, to hot. We discuss all of the sales channels available and how to maximize your ROI of each one.
Website & Online Presence
Your company website and online presence can be your greatest asset or your worst nightmare. We walk you through the process of building a strong online presence so that when prospects go searching for what it is they need, you are not only there, but you are able to build trust without having to even speak to them.
At this point, we have already covered building a strong financial foundation for your company, but as you will soon discover, the more money you make the more problems you will have. We take the foundational elements of business finance to another level to keep you profitable and sustainable.
When To Hire
When your company starts growing and it is time to bring on help there are a lot of decisions that need to be made, and what you choose to do can be critical in managing the success of your business. We walk you through hiring, firing, and everything in between.
Although writing a business plan is far from critical to build a successful company, there are many good reasons why writing one is a good idea. We walk you through the process of writing one that actually helps you and doesn’t just turn into a document that collects dust for years to come.
All About Franchises
Starting a franchise is a great way to build a successful company, mainly due to the fact that you have your playbook prewritten, but when it comes to selecting the right franchise, buying one, and running one there is a lot that you need to know in order to ensure success for your business.
Buying A Business
Building your own company from scratch is a lot of work! Buying someone else’s business can be a great idea depending on what you want out of your business. We explore the options from how to find the right broker to financing and through to negotiating the deal.
Entrepreneurial Success Factors
Being a successful entrepreneur is not just about making the numbers work. You have to put more into building your business than just about anything else you will dedicate yourself to. We coach you through building the skills necessary to not only start a business but how to become who you need to be.