I have been having a blast with this course. Through the years I have wanted to have my own business, doing a lot of research, just never going full steam ahead. Your lessons are so helpful and validate a lot of things that I have been doing on my own, but never sure if they were correct. Thanks again!! It is always rewarding to have such a good instructor and I really enjoyed the course."
I am starting two home based businesses. This course has given me great insight and encouragement to succeed at both of them, and maybe more down the road."
I have researched online and in books on how to go about writing a business plan and this was the most comprehensive and streamlined description of how to and what to include. So far I have been very impressed with the information covered in this class. I have been studying this stuff for months, and this is the most useful info yet. Kudos to you, Helene!"
I learned a lot from this course. It opened my eyes and gave me inspiration to pursue my dreams of being my own boss. Thank you very much!"
I never imagined the depth of information necessary to starting a home based business. Thank you so much for slowing me down enough in taking one step at a time instead of diving in head first and getting stopped before I even got started. Now I know where to begin correctly."
I thought the course was very insightful and, due to the fact that I could print the material, it will be a most helpful reference tool when I begin setting up my home based business. I felt that the instructor posed very important questions to ask one's self in pursuing a home based business career."
This was a very informative class. I will be using everything that I have learned here to make my business successful. I think ANYONE that is going to start a small business should take this course. It definitely opens your eyes."
Thanks for the course Helene, I am completing it today, but am by no mean finished. It has been a great foundation on which to build upon. I have most definitely benefited from this course and would recommend it to others."
Your course is wonderful and very helpful. I am starting slowly and am going to be putting together my "building blocks" for my business with my husband. We are going to form a partnership with an LLC and are going to be working with the Small Business Development Center in our area with a business counselor. I am excited, scared and nervous. It is definitely going to be a big adventure. I highly recommend your course to anyone starting their own business - large or small. Thank you most sincerely for all the information."
I would just like to send a big "thank you" for this wonderful course. I feel so much closer to starting my own home-based business now. The simplicity yet thorough material that you provided was a breath of fresh air! Now finished, I am going to take the next few weeks to implement all I have learned and start my event company [...] For anyone that crosses my path with a dream to start their own home-based business, I will be highly recommending your course."
Course Code: shb
Take an honest look at the benefits as well as the challenges of working at home. You'll see what it takes to be an entrepreneur—and if this lifestyle will work for you. Then, focus on your talents and abilities to choose the right home-based business for you.
Find out how to create the image that will draw customers to you and bring them back time and again. You'll get creative with names and logos, and then you'll learn how to protect your work with fictitious name statements, trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Then, explore zoning laws, licenses, permits, and insurance issues.
Learn how to put together a step-by-step business plan. This requires thorough research into each area of your business, so plan to roll up your sleeves and get to work! Then, learn how to create a marketing plan to make your business thrive.
Learn about the fine art of selling your product or service with the key to effective selling: Develop relationships based on trust and credibility. Then, learn about banking, record keeping, and taxes. You’ll learn about expenses and deductions, maintaining the appropriate records for all your revenue, categorizing your expenses, and keeping track of sales tax.
Learn how to set boundaries for your office, figure out what size office and setup you need, and make sure your office is ergonomically and aesthetically pleasing. Then, delve into getting organized. Whether you're dealing with paperwork or time management, your system of organization should not restrict or confine you in any way.
Look at what not to do and what to do regarding your personal appearance, attitude, and printed materials. Finally, you'll learn how to protect your work and your relationships and have fun with both. It's all a matter of balance.
Helene K. Liatsos is a business advisor at the Small Business Development Center, with more than 25 years of experience. Her small business offers complete accounting and consulting services to home-based business startups. She is a QuickBooks Certified Advisor and was awarded the 2004 Home-Based Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Liatsos holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.