Before You Begin

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Wondering whether business is for you? Use this interactive PDF planner to gain clarity on your thoughts and ideas.

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Are you thinking of starting your own business?

If you are thinking of starting a business but are not sure if it’s the right decision just now, Before You Begin could help you gather your thoughts and make the decision. This 80-page PDF planner, with its ten worksheets that you can complete and save, gets you to think about whether you are the right sort of person to go it alone, what you’ll be selling, who your customers will be, and so on. We even include ten example completed worksheets just in case you need that extra bit of inspiration.

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Perhaps you’re bored in your job and think that self-employment might be right for you. Or you’ve being trying to find the right job and it’s not just happening. Maybe you have a fantastic idea for a new product or service and you’re itching to get started.

Whatever’s prompting you to think about business as your future, there are some things you should think carefully about first.

Which is where our PDF planner might help. Before You Begin is designed for anyone who is thinking of starting a business but feeling unsure about whether that would be a good idea.

Starting out on the right foot

The workbook prompts you to think about:

  • Why exactly you want to start your own business
  • Whether you are ready to start and if now is the right time
  • What you really want the business to do for your life
  • Whether there will be enough customers
  • What will make you different from others offering similar products
  • Whether the business will make you enough money to survive.
  • This workbook aims to help you get it right first time.

The planner contains 10 worksheets that you can complete in the PDF and save. (You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader, or its equivalent, to be able to complete the worksheets.) Or you can simply print out the planner and fill in the worksheets by hand. Whichever you prefer.

Buy now and you’ll be able to get started on the workbook and your vision for your future business.

For professional bulk orders and bespoke design and content options, please visit our Essential Business Publishing website.

You can also download our 2018 catalogue, Essential Business Products and Pricing 2018, which contains ordering information for professional users, including wholesale prices and discounts available for National Enterprise Network (NEN) members.


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