The path to business ownership is an exciting journey. As you embark on your journey, you need a few things to successfully reach your destination. First and foremost, you need a good roadmap or GPS to successfully navigate your way.
The SCORE Startup Roadmap, sponsored by FedEx, guides your journey, from your business idea through opening your doors to customers.
Whatever startup route lies ahead of you, the Startup Roadmap provides direction along the way. It will help you chart a course to success, minimizing detours and dead ends so you can get to your goal faster. This Roadmap will take you from the initial step of defining your business idea through your ultimate destination: launching your business. In each chapter, we’ll teach you what you need to do and give you the resources and expertise you need to get it done. Continue reading →
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A key to starting and building a successful business is planning. Sometimes, a business plan is required, but it’s not always the answer to creating a successful business. Sometimes, you need to think lean.
In this session, SCORE Mentor David Terrell will walk you through a Lean Canvas to help you create a “blueprint” of your business. He will provide practical tips and tools and teach you how to:
Determine the key categories of starting, testing and growing your business
Identify your target customers and what you need to do to get them to buy from you
Recognize your customers’ problems and how your product or service will solve them
Communicate your value propositions that set you apart from your competition
Test your solutions and get valuable feedback
Determine your cost structure, runway and revenue streams
Monitor key metrics to determine your business’s initial and ongoing success
The SCORE Business Learning Center (SBLC) provides aspiring and existing small business owners the business strategies and tactics needed to make sound decisions and achieve greater levels of success.
The SBLC supplements the business resources available on score.org. It fills the gap between the high-level content on our website and the personalized expertise obtained from a mentor.
At the end of a course, users will feel they have a better understanding of their chosen topic and the resources available for continuous learning. They will also have a mentor they can work with to apply the learning to their business.
Social media might be the last thing on the minds of time-strapped solopreneurs or freelancers. But with a well-planned strategy, even the self-employed can make the most of these powerful, and free, marketing tools.
In this webinar, Donna Amos, founder of Solopreneur Solutions, will share what she has learned while working with hundreds of clients. This webinar can help businesses of all sizes who need time-saving social media tips.
You will learn:
What social media platforms to use if you are crunched for time
How to get the most out of your social media activities
Writing a business plan can be daunting, but the Business Model Canvas makes the process easier.
In this webinar, SCORE mentor Marc Goldberg will explain the Business Model Canvas (BMC), a one-page document that allows you to test and validate the key parts of your business in a manageable format.
He will also offer tips on how to use the Business Model Canvas to develop a full business plan should you need one in the future. Continue reading →
You’re running your own business, and you’re busier than ever. You don’t want to turn work away, but you’re already spread too thin. So you’ve started to wonder: Is it time to hire your first employee?
Becoming an employer is a big decision. You don’t want to hire staff unless it’s absolutely necessary. But if you’re too swamped to keep up, your work will suffer, and you’ll lose the solid customer base you’ve worked so hard to build.
How to know when it’s time to hire.
Becoming a boss is a great idea if your business has grown enough to justify it. Make sure you’re hiring someone for the right reasons. Continue reading →