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19 September 2019

Starting Your Own Start-Up

If you have an idea for a service or product that doesn’t exist yet, and think you have the motivation and expertise to take it from idea to success, then you could start your own start-up company. We've put together some advice for budding entrepreneurs, and how Edinburgh College can help you get started.

Take time to study

Before diving straight in and applying for investment, consider going back to education. Whether your business will be technological, creative or business-oriented, going back to education and taking time to perfect your craft could be worthwhile later. According to Medium.com, “The skillset of a founder often defines the focus and the culture of a company”. Make sure your skills are up to standard so you feel prepared.

Do a business plan

A solid business plan will help you out when trying to get investment. A business plan should outline all the goals you want to achieve and how you will achieve them. It will also help to plan your finances by outlining the cash flow, budget and expenses.

A course in Business could help you with the business side of your start-up.

Don’t expect profit right away

When starting your own business, you will be putting all of your resources into it. Investment is needed way before your product or service is advertised. Christian Reber also says that in his start-up “there were times of high profitability, but also times when we were close to bankruptcy”. Getting started will be difficult, but will help motivate you to keep going.

Join the start-up community

For guidance and advice it’s worth spending time with like-minded people. Meet up with other entrepreneurs at conferences and networking events. Talk to them about their story, what challenges they faced and how they overcame them. It may also be useful to find a mentor, someone who has successfully started their own business who can help guide you forward. Becoming active on LinkedIn or Facebook groups for start-ups may also help you to engage in conversation and learn.

Find out who your customers are and talk to them

Identify who your target audience is. What do they look like? What do they buy? By asking these questions and pin-pointing who your customer is, you will be able to market to people who are most likely to purchase. Spend time and money on marketing when your product launches. Get your name out there, to the right people, and see how it is received. The lessons you learn at this point of the process will outline how your business should operate going forward. There are courses at Edinburgh College that can introduce you to these concepts.

A course in Marketing could help you define your audience and market your business.

View all our courses to explore what course might be suitable to help you start your business, whether it is subject specific to your business or to support you get things set up and running. 

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