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Start Your Own Business

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Start Your Own Business

Do you have a great idea for a business, but just don't know where to begin? Stratford’s Start Your Own Business course is the perfect introduction to business for any serious entrepreneur.

Our in-depth course offers a broad range of topics on the essential components of small business and their effectiveness in today's marketplace.

Small businesses help to boost the economy both locally and nationally. While a lot of work goes into the creation and maintenance of a new business, the outcomes are generally positive. In fact, in 2016, there were 28.8 million small businesses.*

This is a great opportunity to train at home in your spare time to work toward what could be an exciting, new career.
Entrepreneurial Skills
• The World of Small Business
• Steps to Home Business Success
• Product, Manpower, and Capital Options
• Starting and Managing a Business from Your Home
• Advantages and Disadvantages of a Home-Based Business
• Choosing your Form of Business Organization
• Recordkeeping, Insurance, and Legal Issues
• Balance Sheets, Profit and Loss Statements, Cash Flow Statement
• Time and Stress Management
• Personal Qualities Needed for Success in Business

Becoming an Entrepreneur
• About Entrepreneurs
• Planning for the Business
• Forms of Ownerships
• The Business Plan
• Marketing the Business
• Finding Your Target Market
• Preparing the Marketing Plan
• Hiring, Training, and Compensating Employees
• Preparing Financial Statements

The Basics of Business for an Entrepreneur
• The Basics of Economics
• Measures of Economic Activity
• The Business Cycle
• International Business Basics
• Business Behavior Basics
• Basic Management Functions
• Consumer Information, Skills, Rights, and Responsibilities
• Basic Finance

Entrepreneur: Business Law Basics
• The Basics of Law
• Business Ethics
• Civil, International, and Other Classifications of Law
• The Legal System
• The Basics of Contractual and Property Law
• Bailments and Intellectual Property
• The Basics of Employment Law
• Basic Forms of Business Organization
• The Basics of Debt

Finance Demystified for Entrepreneurs
• Basic Business Math
• The Balance Sheet
• Accounting Principles and Standards
• Financial Statement Preparation
• Using the Financial Statements
• Analyzing Ratios and Other Calculations
• Comparative Financial Statements
• Comparative Balance Sheet
• Comparative Income Statement
• Variable and Fixed Costs
• Break-Even Point
• Gross Profit versus Net Profit
• Preparing Budgets
• Financing Alternatives and Business Valuation

This educational program is an introductory course designed to help students gain knowledge necessary for the vocational application of this subject. Completion of this program does not fulfill the legal requirements of particular state licenses or certifications, which may require additional training or apprenticeships.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the course material is presented may vary.

*Source: U.S. Small Business Association
Start Your Own Business Program

"I learned the necessary information to start my own business. Completing this course was a great start!"

Paulette S.

"I would definitely recommend this course because it is great to be able to study on your own terms, it is a great option for working adults, and all the study materials are shipped directly to your door!"

Joy J.