Starting a brand-new business can be one of the scariest and most exhilarating moments in a new entrepreneur’s life. 希望和乐观, 成功的愿景, and the fear of failure are all competing for your emotions.
当你开始你的创业之旅, you may find yourself vacillating between confidence and uncertainty, 不过别担心，我们已经有计划了.
Lifting uncertainty for small businesses and startups is one of our specialties here at SCORE, and we’re proud to announce our latest effort at helping new entrepreneurs realize their dream of owning their own business.
与 SCORE启动路线图 你可以满怀信心地开始创业, secure in the knowledge that experienced business professionals are guiding you every step of the way.
免费的创业路线图课程, 全书分为12章, isn’t your run-of-the-mill online instruction manual filled with information you already know or can find elsewhere. 每章都包含专家提示, 建议, and resources from actual SCORE mentors who’ve been where you are at one time or another. You are not required to complete all 12 chapters—only the ones you and your mentor feel will benefit you.
您将找到循序渐进的过程, 工作表, 调查问卷, and other interactive features that will challenge your preconceived notions and get you thinking in different ways about your new endeavor. You’ll have your work cut out for you—there’s plenty of homework assignments you’ll need to complete, but it’ll all be worth it when you finally open your doors and get your first customer.
Here’s what you can expect to learn about yourself and your new business throughout this process:
- 开始. 在你开始之前，你会想 向SCORE导师寻求帮助 and talk through the entrepreneurial process with him or her. Your mentor can help you understand how the Roadmap relates to your unique journey and help you avoid pitfalls along the way.
- 向内看. You’ll perform a self-assessment that helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses, 你的财务状况, 你为什么想创业, and what you want your new business to achieve both for yourself and others.
- 充实你的想法. 你会巩固你的商业理念, develop a feasibility plan and outline the journey you want to take to reach your entrepreneurial destination. When you’re done with this chapter, you’ll decide if your idea can translate as a feasible business.
- 建立你的计划. This is the big one: you’ll start developing your business plan and identifying the kind of business model you want to create. We’ll show you how to do it efficiently and effectively and take a lot of the pain out of the process.
- 获得资金. Identifying sources of capital is critical for any fledgling startup, which means you’ll need to take a deeper dive into your personal finances. Once you have a clear financial picture of where you stand, 我们会帮你制定预算, investigate potential funding sources and develop a pitch for lenders and investors.
- 设置. This is one of the most exciting steps in the process—actually getting on the road! 这是你开始实施计划的地方. Working with your SCORE mentor and using the Roadmap as a guide, 你要选一个名字, 设置你的税务识别信息, 选择一个业务结构，并将你的计划付诸实施!
- 挖的. 一旦你完成了评估阶段, 计划阶段, 准备阶段, 是时候开始构建您的流程和系统了. You and your SCORE mentor will set up bookkeeping and accounting systems, 简化获得报酬的方式, 实现工资发放流程(如果适用), 制定记录保存程序, 和更多的.
- 传播信息. 当你在做商业计划的时候, you will develop a rough sketch of what marketing should look like for your startup. 在一切准备就绪之后, you’ll revisit that plan and start honing the finer points of your marketing strategy: developing a target audience, 建立你的品牌叙事, 创建logo, 构建你的在线形象.
- 定价、销售和分销. Setting up prices is one thing; sticking to them is quite another. 在路线图和你的SCORE导师之间, you’ll develop strategies to determine appropriate prices, 简化你的销售流程并处理完成.
- 获得物理. Whether it’s opening an office or securing a storefront, your physical location will not only determine how others see you but also how they’ll access your products or services. To ensure you’re getting the most out of your new location, 你得找个理想的地方, negotiate a lease and outfit your new base of operations with equipment, 家具, 和更多的. 路线图将确保你不遗余力.
- 发现人才. Regardless of how big you want your business to grow, you might need people to help you get there. 你应该雇佣员工吗?? 你应该外包给承包商吗? 你在哪里能找到他们? 你将如何支付他们? 你们需要什么职位? Your SCORE mentor and the Roadmap will help you find answers to these difficult questions.
- 拨动开关. 你一生都在等待这一刻. This is where you open the doors and start conducting business. 我们会帮你完成盛大开业的计划, 建设热点, 制定你第一年的目标.
SCORE创业路线图 is your tool for making your dream of business ownership a reality. Like any sophisticated tool, though, you’ll need someone to show you how to use it properly. Fortunately, with SCORE, you have master navigators at your disposal.
今日联系SCORE to get started with a mentor and take the first steps of your entrepreneurial journey!