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If you're interested in starting your own small business, you're not
alone. Every year thousands of people ditch the idea of working for
"The Man" and embrace the autonomy and flexibility of being
their own boss.
It's an idea with almost universal appeal. No long commutes, no
office politics, no corporate hierarchy to navigate. And while you've
probably heard about others' failed attempts to establish their own
small business, there's no reason embarking on this kind of venture
shouldn't be successful with the right planning, groundwork and vision.
One of the biggest mistakes many people make when attempting to set
up their own small business is that they choose an area that doesn't
particularly interest them. They make their decision based largely on
the business' ability to turn a profit. Needless to say, putting this
criterion in the driver's seat isn't a great start.
"I think it's really important that you find something that you
really love that you can build with knowledge by going back to
study," says Elle Young, director of Stay Young Fitness,
based in Sydney's Northern Beaches. "I think that it gives you a
lot more enjoyment through the studies if you really do love it."
There are also certain characteristics
and skills that will help your idea to become a thriving
venture. Things such as good organisation, effective communication,
problem-solving and the ability to learn from mistakes. It may sound
obvious, but you'd be surprised how many people overlook these
essential traits in the flush of excitement and adrenaline when
cultivating their business idea.
TAFE NSW Certificate
IV in Small Business Management course offers a solid component
of that planning and groundwork. This course provides a comprehensive
introduction to the world of owning or managing a small business. This
includes a combination of practical activities, industry case studies,
role plays, simulations and projects, all of which will help you
develop a range of small business management skills. Topics and units
include business and financial plans, finance, operations and people
management, technology, promotion and marketing.
TAFE NSW Graduate, Anthony, knows
full well how rewarding it can be to start a successful small
business. After studying Carpentry and Joinery, then Building and
Construction at Riverina Institute's Wagga Wagga Campus, Anthony
decided to strike out on his own, largely inspired by his TAFE
teachers and fellow students.
"It certainly paid off. I haven't looked back, and I just want
to keep growing my business," he said. "It's a great
feeling. You put in the hard yards at the start, throughout your
apprenticeship, your training. And it pays off to be able to run your
own business. It's very rewarding."
Having a great idea for a small business is a good starting point.
But it isn't enough on its own. It needs to be followed through with a
lot of grunt, legwork and targeted research. This Certificate IV
qualification combines that grunt, legwork and targeted research with
the flexibility and convenience of online delivery. Enrol now and make
your dream of owning your own small business a reality.
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