Like many, I’ve been agonising for years about going out on my own and starting some kind of business. So many ideas have come and gone, some even making it to the planning stage, but I’m very much used to being permanently employed within companies and sooner or later whether due to lack of time, energy or motivation the business ideas end up on a dusty shelf in the back of my mind. Recently my entrepreneurial mind has started bugging me again and due to many circumstances in my life it seems I am being forced into the position of taking a step out there into the great big unknown of self-employment.
A while ago I came across the Startup Business School while searching for some online productivity tools. Back then I was still very much comfortable in my day job and things seemed stable but the internet industry is in a constant state of flux and things change so quickly. Today I hunted around for this tool and checked into my free account that I had set up back then. Why didn’t we learn a bit of this type of thing back in school I ask myself, so many people are in need of the simple skills required to get started with some kind of business or entrepreneurial venture.
The Startup Business School provides a free tool for individuals to begin planning and working towards realising their startup business vision. Upon signing up you will be taken through a series of steps where you are asked critical questions concerning your business idea and the planning & execution thereof. Along the way tips are available to make the decision making and interrogation process easier and helpful advice is provided in the form of free articles, videos as well as book recommendations. Tracking your progress is made easy and you are reminded of uncompleted steps needed to progress closer to your business goals.
When I started following the steps set out in this tool is gave me a clear way to focus what I needed, what I needed to know and where to start in terms of the thinking, planning and tasks which lie ahead for me. It’s also a good way to gauge whether your idea is practical or not and if any what problems may need to be ironed out. In isolation its easy to just focus on the brightness of your latest idea and to not evaluate it according to clear criteria. There’s even a facility to invite those who may be able to help, analyze or criticize your idea along the way giving us valuable feedback which we do not generally include as a formal aspect of our business planning process.
All in all it’s like having your own personal business planning expert at your fingertips and provides a streamlined, easy to use and access way of putting your entrepreneurial side through its paces. Definitely something I am in need of and something I hope to make full use of going forward towards running my own show.
There’s no shortage of resources and tools out there to help facilitate the things we need to get done and the Startup Business School is definitely one of the promising ones. Sign up today for a free ticket to business planning success!