Learn how to start a business at Midland library

July 15, 2011

Do you have a great idea you've been waiting to share with the world? Perhaps it's time to turn your idea into a business.

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Sure, it would be great to set your own hours and be your own boss. But have you thought about it beyond that?

From 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, you have the opportunity to learn about the “Fundamentals of Starting a Business” at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 W. St. Andrews, Midland.

You’ve got the passion and the talent, but do you know what it takes to turn a skill into a successful business? This seminar is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or are at the beginning stages of starting a business. You will be introduced to the key characteristics of successful business ownership, and what it takes to start and run a thriving business.

Plus, you’ll be provided with available resources to help launch new ventures in Michigan, giving you the focus and motivation you need to make it happen!

This event is targeted toward entrepreneurs, business owners, innovators and “closet” business owners. And the best part: it’s FREE. Speakers include a Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center business consultant and a Grace A. Dow Memorial Library reference librarian.

Register for the event online or call 989-686-9597.

So what are a few things to consider before starting a business? Incognate offers a few tips:

Figure out what product or service you have to offer. It has to fulfill a need in the marketplace. The article says it best: “… Others spot a gap in the market, but you need to establish whether there is a market in the gap.” Do your research, and don’t just ask friends and family.

Put together a business plan. Even if you’re the only one who ever sees it, it’s important to have a roadmap of what you want to achieve and how you plan to achieve it. Incognate recommends starting with “The Definitive Business Plan” by Richard Stutely.

Decide where you’ll hang your hat. More and more people are opting to work from home these days, but that can lead to feelings of isolation and detachment from the rest of the world. If this is the route you choose, plan regular meetings outside of the house, and engage in other activities throughout the day that allow you to get some fresh air.

For more tips on what to consider before starting your own business, read the rest of the article here.

This post is brought to you by the good folks at Dale Carnegie Training of Mid & Northern Michigan. We would love to connect with you on Facebook.

Photo credit: Patrick Denker

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