Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (Section 1)
Welcome to The Ultimate Enterprise Planning Bootcamp Starting a business is never easy — there are so many elements to consider and hurdles to overcome when launching a company, but that’s where The Ultimate Enterprise Planning Bootcamp comes in. Embark on a 16 step, bespoke experience that takes you through every step of running …
Welcome to The Ultimate Enterprise Planning Bootcamp
Starting a business is never easy — there are so many elements to consider and hurdles to overcome when launching a company, but that’s where The Ultimate Enterprise Planning Bootcamp comes in.
Embark on a 16 step, bespoke experience that takes you through every step of running a successful business!
Each stage is designed to help you overcome any hurdle you are facing by providing a tried, tested and proven framework that our own experts used when they were in your position.
Each section of the Bootcamp is packed with easy to digest information, tools and activities that will see your business bloom and thrive with regular nurturing and care from our on-hand team of professionals.
My name is Tonisha, an enterprise educator and co-author of this guide with my son, Tyrique, a young entrepreneur who saw a golden opportunity.
At only 17, Tyrique knew that he wanted to own a business, so I gave him the necessary questions and checklists to consider before embarking on his journey to running a successful company.
In a eureka moment, Tyrique realised that the worksheets he used to map out his ideas eventually took the form of his very own personal business planner, and opportunity soon dawned on us; this planner is something that every budding entrepreneur would need.
And so our mission was clear: To help guide new entrepreneurs on their path to starting and running a successful business. The journey can be confusing and overwhelming, but this guide aims to transform those barriers and hurdles into useful tools and resources that will support you and your business.
Broken into five interactive months, The Ultimate Enterprise Planning Bootcamp covers all the necessary bases that are critical to achieving success as an entrepreneur, and will evolve and expand with you on your road to becoming a CEO.
This is YOUR comprehensive and personalised program that will grow and develop alongside you on your journey to success.
So, what are you waiting for?
Let’s get started!
The Entrepreneur Bootcamp is tailored for passionate and determined individuals who want to see their ambition turned into measurable goals. There is no such thing as a bad idea and we welcome anyone with the drive to see their creativity bloom into a profitable business.
Step one explores your vision, goals and reasons for getting into business in the first place. By delving into what motivates you as an entrepreneur and why you want to create a certain product/service, we gain the opportunity to create a unique profile that will help feed into the curation of your unique brand and selling point!
Success assumes many forms and will look different to you than it will to others. This section of Enterprise Planner Bootcamp will see you focus on the important questions that will help you to understand the reasons for going into business and what sort of career you want to lead.
A SWOT analysis is a tool used by businesses to determine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that surround a company. By exploring these elements, business owners are in a better position to adapt their strategies and tactics to compensate for their weaknesses, while also being able to take advantage of new opportunities and ward off issues that may arise down the road.
Everyone has a reason for going into business. For some, it’s all about changing their life and generating wealth, and for others it is the pursuit of a remedy for an issue that is affecting parts of the world. This section of the Planner allows you to explore your motivations and what inspired you to go into business and become an entrepreneur, so dig deep and be honest!
A business cannot operate without a directive; a mission and overarching goal that governs their every step towards a desired result. Whether it’s changing the world through the revolution of outdated transactional systems or simply providing a better quality of graphics for small businesses, this part of the Planner allows you to define who you are and what your customers can expect from your company.
This section of the Planner allows you to explore where you see your business and career going and what direction you want it to take as it begins to grow and expand. A vision is like a dream, one that inspires you to undertake certain actions or work towards a certain goal with your business. This is where you must look to the future and imagine where you will be in 5, 10, 15, 20 and so months from this exact point.
Inspiration comes in many forms and from a multitude of sources, most of which are the leaders of our industry who pave the way for smaller businesses with their success and affluence. They needn't be the biggest brands, but they are certainly your favourite, and this section of the Planner will see you explore what makes them successful and how your brand can follow their example.
Step Two is also about providing yourself with honest feedback and self-assessment. We will be drawing on both practical and academic sources for analysing the traits of your business, with models such as Clifton’s Strength Finder, The 5 Languages of Love, your associative colours and what they mean, followed by a personality assessment to discover what kind of entrepreneur you really are!
This section of the Planner is designed to test your ability to be objectively self-critical and create an honest profile of who you are, how you operate, and how well you get along with others. By determining your business personality, you will be in a better position to adapt your approach to others and build better leadership skills for when you reach the point of hiring your first employee.
This section of the Planner is all about the popular Colour Energy test where you find which colours are associated with your personality type. For instance, red is the colour of passion, strength, vigor, assertiveness, dominance and aggression, whereas blue reflects contemplation, calm, tranquility, logic and reasoning.
The Five Languages of Love is a system adapted from The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, a book by Gary Chapman. Business analysts use the Five Languages to help leaders become better at working with their team. The ‘Five Languages’ are as follows: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch. In a professional environment, physical touch governs handshakes, handling material goods, preferring the analogue to digital and enjoying socialising outside of work.
Clifton Strengths Finder is a tool used by business owners to measure your specific talent DNA by explaining the unique ways in which you accomplish your goals by building relationships, thinking strategically, executing plans and influencing others. Similar to a SWOT analysis, this model focuses on turning weaknesses into strengths and working with others.
This section of the Planner will pose a number of alternative assessments you can conduct in order to discover more about yourself and how you operate in a professional environment. Moreso, this section will equip you with the ability to assess others on your team in the future, once you’ve hired employees or found partners to work alongside as you build up your business.
Following Step Two’s self-assessment period, we will now be in a unique position to review your results and put into place some actionable goals, feeding into the creation of 5 unique SMART objectives to focus on in the near future. Here’s a list of the assessment results we will compile together to build your entrepreneur profile
This page focuses on answering important questions for both yourself and your business, the answers to which will eventually feed into a greater picture of your organisation’s overall vision and mission statement. Additionally, this section of the Planner allows you to build your personalised S.M.A.R.T objectives; specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based, such as how much you want to earn in a year and how to go about doing it.
Failure is merely a stepping stone towards success; it is the ultimate teacher and everyone encounters it at some point in their personal lives and career. Merely a setback, failure defines how well we recover and make the best of our situation, and this section of the Planner will allow you to record your mistakes and the actions you took to resolve them.
Your purpose in life does not need to be the same as that of your business, but exploring your reasons for being can help to build your confidence, bring clarity and remove stress from the process of building a company. This section poses a number of challenging questions that will require complete honesty and introspection.
What lies around the corner is often uncertain, but with the right planning you are better equipped to manage the growth and expansion of your business. This section of the Planner is dedicated to looking forward and creating strategies for how to manage your business across the coming years, while identifying future opportunities and barriers.
Credibility is the lifeforce of a business, for without it, one is surely doomed to fail. The section of the Planner is dedicated to exploring what makes you a credible business owner, be it your certifications/qualifications, brand, authority on a subject or ability to influence others. This space is also useful for noting down the areas that you need to work on in order to build the credibility factors you will need for success as an entrepreneur. Remember, what you write comes true! So use this space to note it all down (even that PhD you secretly wish you had) because this is the first step to becoming the new you!
A perception of your business and yourself is created by what others think of you. This image is often recorded and observed through the reception of feedback for your work, product or conduct and governs your reputation and credibility. This section is dedicated to exploring the feedback you have received in the past how it can be used to grow and adapt.
Previous sections of the Planner saw you explore what colours reflect your personality, and now is the time to analyse the results and what they mean in relation to your traits as a business leader.
This section of the Planner provides you with time to reflect on how you deal with others and like to be dealt with in regards to your professional relationships. There are no wrong answers here for everyone is different, but exploring the questions below will help you to better influence others in a positive and productive manner.
Following your Gallop Strength test, this section of the Planner allows you to correlate and analyse the results in order to determine your best qualities as a business leader as well as the areas in which you need to improve. On this page, you will also think about how your results can be applied to your business overall and perhaps even feed into your company’s brand.