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Start-a-Business 101 will guide you through every single step to plan and launch your new business. You will become a knowledgeable entrepreneur, confident and ready to start a business you love.
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What you’ll learn in Start-a-Business 101
You will learn exactly what to do at every single step of starting a business. You will be able to start a business you love, earn an excellent income and become your own boss.
Start-a-Business 101 is a complete program for starting your own business
Everything you need to know. This course will take you step by step through every single aspect of starting a business. You will quickly learn the skills, the strategies, and the insights you need to start a successful business.
Find a great business idea. You’ll get our proven 6-step method for finding the perfect business idea for you. You’ll learn how to generate, evaluate, and validate ideas. Plus we’ll give you 400 of our favorite business ideas.
Turn your idea into a profitable business. We’ll take you through every step of starting a business from finding your idea, to turning it into a solid business model, to making your first sales and profits.
Attract customers without spending a lot of money. You’ll discover a lot of free and low-cost ways to land customers. From simple “guerilla” marketing tactics to the latest in digital marketing, you’ll learn every way imaginable to pull in customers, even on a shoestring budget.
Start small and grow as fast as you want. Start-a-Business 101 will show you how you can start small, even part-time if you prefer, and build a highly successful business. You don’t need a lot of time or resources – but you do need to make the right decisions on key issues – and this course will show you how to do it.
Get proven strategies and insider advice. You’ll get the exact same methods that the course instructor, Bob Adams, used to build one successful business after the next. He will show you how to avoid problems. And he’ll show you what to do each step of the way – so that you start your business right.
Learn from the startup expert. Course instructor Bob Adams started over a dozen successful businesses. Many of his businesses he started without related experience and on budgets under $2,000 – including one that he sold for $40 million. Adams has a Harvard MBA, has written 17 books on business, and has taught 52 business courses.
Get personalized advice. You can get expert advice and personalized answers to any business question directly from Bob Adams by posting it on our interactive Discussion Board.
Templates, worksheets, and 40 other tools. Start-a-Business 101 includes over 40 tools that will save you time and guide you along your business journey.
Learn how to start a business in just a few minutes a day. If you watch just one video lesson (7 minutes average) a day, you will complete the course and become a knowledgeable entrepreneur, ready-to-start a business, in about 10 weeks. Or you can binge-watch the entire course in one weekend. It’s up to you!
Who is this course for? This course is perfect for anyone thinking of starting a business who wants to know exactly what is the best practice at each step of the business journey. With Start-a-Business 101 you won’t have to guess what to do next. And you won’t have to wonder if you are doing things right. You will be able to make the best decisions for your business decisively and confidently.
Start a business you love! With Start-a-Business 101 you can start a business you love, become your own boss, earn more money, and live the life of your dreams.
Try this course free for 7 days. You can get unlimited access to Start-a-Business 101 and all other BusinessTown courses for free for 7 days.
Start-a-Business 101 compiles in one place all the lessons that you need to learn how to start a business. Some of these lessons are also included in shorter courses.
You’ll get templates, worksheets, samples and checklists to help guide you along
The 40+ tools included in this course will save you time, keep you organized and help you get your business up and running as rapidly as possible.
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Start-a-Business 101 Content
You will learn how to think like an entrepreneur and identify the critical issues for succeeding at business. You will also learn that starting a business may be easier than you think, and that often starting a business part-time or from home may be the best choices.
Included is The Ultimate Checklist to Starting Your Own Business. This 100-point checklist will walk you through all the steps of getting started so you know exactly what to do at any given time.
(31:27, 7 videos, 1 checklist)
You will discover 45 different ways to generate great business ideas. You will learn how to choose the perfect business idea for you. You will find out how to make sure that the idea is viable. You will get our take on 400 of our favorite, practical and proven business ideas.
Included are 3 worksheets to evaluate, rate and validate business ideas. You will also get a case study showing you exactly how to find the best idea for you.
Also included are the 111 page ebook, The 300 Best Small Business Ideas, and the instructor’s case studies, How I Started a Successful Business with No Money and No Experience and Example of Using the 6-Step Approach to Choose a Business Idea.
You will also get 2 guides, 21 Easy-to-Start Part-Time Businesses and 42 Home-Based Businesses You Can Start Today.
(1:05:16, 11 videos, 1 ebook, 3 worksheets, 2 case studies, 2 guides)
Many small businesses struggle and never realize their true potential because they fail to develop a competitive advantage.
In this lesson, you will learn how to analyze customers and competitors to find the best possible “position” for your business in the marketplace and build a strong competitive advantage.
You will learn the critical secret for determining your best target market. And you will learn how to truly “differentiate” your business so that you don’t directly compete with the other players.
Included are worksheets to help you find your target market and explore ways to differentiate your business. You will also get the instructor’s case study How I Successfully Differentiated My Business in a Crowded Marketplace.
(19:00, 3 videos, 2 worksheets, 1 case study)
You will learn step by step how to create a one page business plan, which will help guide your business to success. A one page plan is ideal for a very simple business or for the first stages of planning a larger business.
Included is a template and a sample plan. (If you wish to create a more complete business plan, check out our course, How to Create a Business Plan, which is also included with BusinessTown.)
(6:27, 1 video, 1 template, 1 sample)
Every business, no matter how small, needs its own unique marketing message that clearly and succinctly delivers its value proposition. In this lesson you will learn exactly how to create a powerful unique marketing message for your business.
You will also learn how to develop a one page marketing plan. Plus you will discover 50 of the instructor’s favorite no cost or low cost guerilla marketing tactics. You will also learn how any business can easily get free publicity.
Perhaps most important of all, you will discover the instructor’s #1 secret for achieving marketing success and avoiding costly marketing failures.
Included are a worksheet for creating your marketing message, a template and sample for a one page marketing plan, a worksheet for 50 guerilla marketing tactics, a template and sample press release, and the case study, Marketing Bob’s Rent-A-Bike.
(49:13, 5 videos, 2 worksheets, 2 templates, 2 samples, 1 case study)
This lesson will simplify and explain in very easy-to-understand language how anyone can get started in marketing online. The instructor will first explain how to do very basic and free online marketing – such as how to build a highly effective one-page website and how to get the website to show up in search engine results.
Many more advanced topics are covered as well such as email marketing, blog writing, social media, and online advertising.
Included are worksheets for planning, designing and creating your website, search engine optimization, 50 blog post ideas, and 50 creative online marketing ideas.
(2:21:42, 8 videos, 4 worksheets)
Even in today’s digital age, making sales often involves a personal touch at some point in the process such as in-person, over the phone or by email.
If you’ve never done it, selling might sound scary! But as the instructor explains, anyone can learn to sell – and he explains how to do it with clear, step by step instructions and specific examples.
He also explains alternative ways to attract clients without cold calling and how to get your first customers.
Included are templates and worksheets for getting lots of leads, making sales presentations, and writing effective emails.
(1:37:27, 10 videos, 1 worksheet, 3 templates, 2 samples)
You will learn about many practical ways to finance your startup or new business including bootstrapping, friends and family, angel investors, venture capitalists, banks, online lenders, merchant cash advances, SBA loans, four types of crowdfunding, government and private grants, and more.
Plus you will learn how to create accounting and financial statements and projections including income statements, balance sheets and cash flows.
Included are templates and samples for all financials, plus the case study of how the instructor combined seller financing, bank financing and friends and family financing to buy a business.
(2:11:51, 21 videos, 6 templates, 6 samples, 1 case study)
In this lesson you will learn how to create a really good name for your business that will serve as a built-in advertisement for your business and pull in customers for years to come.
You will learn how to determine the best legal entity for your business (such as sole proprietorship, LLC or corporation). And you will learn how to register and get permits for your business.
Included are a worksheet to evaluate potential names for your business as well as the instructor’s case study, Why I Repeatedly Changed the Legal Entity of My Business and What You Can Learn From It.
(1:02:18, 10 videos, 1 worksheet, 1 case study)
Why do some small businesses fail while other very similar businesses become tremendously successful? In this lesson you will learn about the top 10 key success factors that you must absolutely do your best job on to make your business as successful as possible.
You will also discover the concept of “MVP”, or minimally viable product, and how you may be able to apply this concept to your situation to get a “bare bones” version of your business up and running with absolutely the least amount of money and time as possible.
(19:02, 2 videos)
Serial entrepreneur, Harvard MBA and founder of BusinessTown
In this course, Bob Adams shares the same strategies that he used to build over a dozen successful businesses. Bob shows you exactly what to do at each step of starting a business.
Bob has mastered the art of starting businesses with very little money, and making them highly profitable.
For example, Bob started his book publishing company in his basement apartment with just $1500 and no related experience. He built it into one of the largest independent publishers in the US, achieving industry-leading profit margins. He later sold this business for $40 million.
Bob has written 17 books and created 52 courses that have helped over one million entrepreneurs worldwide.
Hi there! I’m Bob Adams and I am so excited that you are considering starting your own business!
For me starting and building my own businesses has been incredibly awesome! Now my mission in life is to help people like you become entrepreneurs and start and run your own successful businesses.
I’ve made a lot of money, created cool products, delivered valuable services, provided employment for others, built some great companies and had one heck of a lot of fun and fulfillment along the way!
I started with nothing. Nobody handed me money or an existing business. Yes, I did get a Harvard MBA – but many of my businesses I started before I ever set foot in a business school classroom.
You too can start a great business without a lot of money and without a business school education. And in this course, I will show you exactly how to do it.
I’ve started over a dozen successful businesses of all types and sizes including…bike rentals, house painting, employment service, retail business, multimedia company, book publishing, tourist maps, job fairs, Internet businesses, software business, employment advertiser and used boat sales.
Most of these businesses I started in my home on a very small budget. I have shown repeatedly that you can start your business small and grow it into a highly profitable success story.
When I was 19 and on summer vacation from college I started my first business with just $1,000, Bob’s Rent-A-Bike.
My father was appalled. Don’t do it! – he said. It won’t work! Get a real job.
To be honest I was scared the business would fail and I would look like an idiot.
But I went ahead and started it anyway. Bob’s Rent-A-Bike was a big success. And I’ve been starting and running my own businesses ever since then.
Another summer I started a house painting business, College Painters. The closest thing I had to experience was that I had painted some model trains and once I even painted an old row boat.
This business I started with virtually no money. I even had the first customer advance us money so that I could buy paint and brushes.
This is a great example of an easy to start business. I made profits from the very first painting job.
A few years later I decided to start a book publishing company, which eventually became named Adams Media. Again starting small was a given because I only had $1500 to invest and I was still a full time student. And like most of my other businesses I had no prior related experience.
My first book was a guide to local companies for job hunters called, The Boston Job Bank. Using all my low-cost marketing ideas, I quickly turned this book into a #1 local bestseller.
I was able to build a “differentiated” strategy that gave use significant advantages over our competitors. Sales grew like wildfire. And our profits surged too, reaching $5 million a year. Our 25% profit margins were 2x to 5x higher than those of the much larger, more established players. Adams Media grew into one of the largest independent publishers in the US before I sold it for $40 million.
Once I was in your shoes, not sure what to do or how to get started.
But eventually through years of struggle, and trial and error, I discovered what worked in business and what did not work.
Fortunately you will not have to struggle through years of trial and error. Because the recipe for business success is waiting for you in my course, Start-a-Business 101.
In this course you will get the same proven strategies that I have used to create one successful business after the next. You won’t have to guess what to do. And you will be able to avoid the common and costly mistakes that new entrepreneurs encounter.
You don’t have to be a genius, a tech wizard or a business school graduate to succeed in business. You don’t need any business background at all. But – success is going to come a lot easier if you learn the important business fundamentals and keys to success that I present in this course, Start-a-Business 101.
And like me, after you get your business up and running, you can enjoy the entrepreneurial lifestyle. It’s not just a wild crazy dream – you can do it. Here’s how my lifestyle changed since I’ve become an entrepreneur.
Remember how I started out in a small basement apartment. Well now I live in a 17 room classic brick manor home complete with a movie theater room, a complete gym, a home office, a wine cellar, my model train room, multiple garages, extensive gardens, a coy pond and a tennis court.
Being an entrepreneur means I work when and where I want including from one of my vacation homes on Cape Cod and the island of Nantucket. I also get to travel the world frequently and meet fascinating people.
Being my own boss means i have a lot of time to have fun and hang out with friends and family. I especially enjoyed being able to coach my kids in soccer in the middle of the afternoon during the week.
Everyone needs a hobby! I’m a little crazy about my model trains! They completely occupy one of the largest rooms in my house. I have 8 scale miles of track complete with scenery such as mountains, cities and harbors. I can operate up to 10 trains at once.
The best thing about being an entrepreneur is not the money, the big houses, the luxury cars or the fancy vacations. The best part is being able to do work that you truly love!
To actually get paid to do work that you really enjoy doing – it’s very cool! It’s also neat to be your own boss. To be in charge of your own destiny. To be the star of your own show!
I’m always learning new things. Being creative. And meeting interesting new people.
I love being an entrepreneur – and I think you will too!
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BusinessTown includes 130+ courses on all business topics: Getting started, business ideas, business plans, strategy, marketing, websites, social media, online advertising, finance, accounting, leadership, sales, legal issues, home-based businesses and more!
Looking for a business idea? Why don’t you check out our course How to Find a Business Idea.
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Do you want to be walked step by step through the entire process of starting a business? Check out our ultimate course, Start-a-Business 101.
Are you not sure that you are ready to start your own business? Consider our course, What It Takes to Start a Business.
Are you looking for financing for a new or existing business? We offer 5 courses on financing a small business. We suggest you start with the course, How to Finance Your Business.
Do you want to learn about marketing? Because it’s so important, we offer over 30 courses on sales and marketing. Consider starting with the short course, Developing Your Marketing Message.
Want to learn about marketing online? We offer 5 courses on creating websites, 6 courses on digital marketing and 5 courses on promoting through social media. To get started we recommend the course, The Complete Guide to Digital Marketing.
Looking to get inspired and learn how other entrepreneurs succeeded in starting and growing their businesses? We offer several courses on this including, How to Succeed as a Woman Entrepreneur.
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On BusinessTown you have access to 50+ downloadable tools like worksheets, samples, and templates to help you start and run a business.
Our most popular tools include:
The Ultimate Startup Checklist, 18 pages
The 300 Best Small Business Ideas ebook, 105 pages
The Complete Business Plan Template, 29 pages
Complete Sample Business Plan, 35 pages
Sample Marketing Plan Under $2k, 12 pages
One Page Marketing Plan Template
One Page Sample Marketing Plan
50 Guerilla Marketing Tactics Worksheet, 8 pages
Business Idea Evaluation Worksheet
8 Basic Steps to Making the Sale Template
Sales Presentations that Your Customers Will Love Template
Sales Presentation Sample Dialog
50 Ways to Generate Endless Sales Leads Worksheet
Cold Calling Script Template and Sample
Emails that Land Sales Template and Sample
Voicemails that Get Callbacks Template and Sample
Income Statement Templates and Samples
Balance Sheet Templates and Samples
Cash Flow Templates and Samples
Calculate Depreciation Template
Key Financial Ratios Sample
How I Started a Successful Business with No Money and No Experience, Case Study
Key Questions to Select the Best Business Idea Worksheet
Validate Your Business Idea Worksheet
Using the 6-Step Approach to Choose a Business Idea Case Study
21 Easy-to-Start Part-Time Business Ideas Guide
42 Home-Based Businesses You Can Start Guide
Why I Repeatedly Changed the Legal Entity of My Business, Case Study
Evaluate Customer Segments and Competitors Worksheet
Differentiate Your Business from Competitors Worksheet
How I Differentiated My First Business in a Crowded Marketplace, Case Study
Creating a Press Release Template and Sample
Marketing Bob’s Rent-A-Bike, Case Study
Planning, Designing and Creating Your Website Worksheet
Search Engine Optimization Worksheet
50 Blog Post Ideas Worksheet
50 Creative Online Marketing Ideas Worksheet
Evaluate Potential Names for Your Business Worksheet
How I Financed Buying a Business Case Study
Cover Letter to Seek Financing Sample
Collection Letter Samples
The Four Quadrant Theory of Time Management Graphic