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Business School and Entrepreneurship Education

Business School and Entrepreneurship Education -by: Kate Brown

Summary :

Learning To Be Your Own Boss

Making your own hours, having complete creative control, deciding on the direction of the company - these are just some of the benefits to being your own boss. There are many advantages to shunning the corporate world and building a company that reflects your own personal tastes. However, starting your own business is not without its challenges, for if it were, we would all be self-employed. Without a fundamental knowledge of how business works, your chances of success are greatly decreased. In order to learn the basics of running your own business and to prepare yourself for the reality of your industry, it is useful to embrace an entrepreneurship education. By equipping yourself with knowledge and understanding of the business world, you better the chances of making your entrepreneurial dreams a reality.

It takes much more than just a great idea to start your own business. It definitely helps, but there are many other factors that go along with creating and sustaining a successful business. Most businesses need employees. Even if your dream business employs only a team of one, you will still require some basic management and people skills for your interactions with clients and business acquaintances. Incredibly, many businesses fail simply because leadership is not strong and there has been no consideration of how to work with others. Every business school today offers courses in management and if you are seriously considering the entrepreneurial route, you would be wise to learn the basics of supervision, interpersonal relations, and problem solving.

The logistical side of creating a new business is as important as the team you hire to carry out your entrepreneurial dreams. Turning your business ideas into a solid plan helps your chances of financial and long-term success. Writing a business plan is the best way to set out your company\'s goals and prepare for what challenges you and your team may encounter. Business schools that offer entrepreneurship education courses will teach you the fundamental basics of composing a solid business plan including: marketing, finances, management and a full description of your business. Furthermore, you may learn to create an executive summary, supporting documents and financial projections. Unless you are prepared to handle the sometimes exorbitant costs of getting a business off the ground, you will need to secure financing. Whether you are approaching the bank, an independent investor, or applying for a government grant, you will need evidence of your abilities and intentions for your proposed company. An entrepreneurship education program will walk you through the steps of writing letters and a statement of purpose to institutions and independents that can help you financially. There is a protocol to be followed when officially approaching other parties who will be involved in your company\'s future and it can easily be learned.

If you feel that you have what it takes to be your own boss, you should consider how you can make this dream a reality. Education is the best and fastest way of preparing yourself for the real business world. By enrolling in an entrepreneurship education program, you will learn all of the fundamental skills needed to be your own boss.
About Author
About Author:
Kate Brown is a researcher/writer for the Oxford Distance Learning website. For more information please visit

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