There are resources all around you. Before you do anything, find out more about what support exists nearby or beyond to help you start right.
Make a clear case for what your product or business is by defining it. You must address your problem and speak to your (potential) customers or clients as soon as you can. Here are the basics for how.
First-time founders have much to gain from the support of another. How do you find the right person to join you on your journey?
From the very beginning, think: is there a deeper meaning to how my venture can help my community, my country or the world?
You can Google the how, but this is the why. Say what you do in a sentence, and let this document say it in detail.
Discover and assess how others are delivering similar value. Some will be competitors but others could be potential partners.
What are your initial steps to testing and growing your business, focusing on your product or service? This includes pricing and perfecting what you want to do.
How do you get your first 10 customers? Think about consulting to build product or relationships to grow feedback. Then you can grow your business with your own capital under your own control.
What is the right way to meet, connect and pitch venture capitalists or other investors? Perfect just how you pitch someone for capital. And know when you shouldn’t approach at all.
This is how you can improve your chances of getting valuable media coverage. And beyond your first few media hits, how do you better understand how you fit into the world?
You need to think early and often about making a work environment that is a real community of strength. Think about how to attract team members, who are challenging, diverse and committed.
Building relationships is so much more than a business card exchange. This how you meet future customers, team members and friends. You’ll also find the people who will help you run your business better, like the accountants and lawyers and payroll companies and others who will help support the decisions you’ll have to make. Here’s how.
Does a physical footprint matter? What should you think about in making that first move? There has been an explosion of colocation facilities — coworking spaces, incubators, accelerators and other shared work spaces — so how do you choose what’s right for you? How do you know when to get your own office?
It’s no set formula, but there are some important steps we can all agree on.
Yes, you’re #blessed that your company is growing. But transitioning from doer to enabler can be tough.
Founder culture doesn’t take on enough defeat. Some ideas won’t work, and that is acceptable, if we learn and share from it.
Isn’t any job creating business an impact business? There are some terms worth defining and discussing.
We conflate impact with nonprofit status. Think seriously about how you incorporate your business. Nonprofit, social enterprise or even benefit corporations all have their own distinct advantages.
Many social entrepreneurs are shy about talking about revenue. This can’t be the way for you. Understand your funding mechanism.
There’s a spectrum of funding options for social entrepreneurs. Whether you’re looking to scale a nonprofit or a social enterprise, there are myriad options for funding your venture. Just don’t forget about bootstrapping.
When you talk about social impact, it’s not quite a question of competition but of understanding delivery. Understand what other organizations are working for the community you aim to serve and distinguish your efforts.
You know how to move forward with building your young business. Here are other tools and sources to be ready for the challenges you know will come.
You’ve read our Toolkit and gotten a sense of what other resources are out there. Now you must take action.
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