Whoare the best people to connect to help start a community service based business?
I'm looking to start a business running courses teaching basic life skills as well as a few in-depth subjects, mainly focusing around budgeting, how financial products work etc. I am looking for the someone to help steer me into the right direction. Thanks Allison
Hi Allison, A really good organisation in Aus is the BEC, business enterprise centres. They run all kinds of mentoring and support programs for people who are in the early startup stages of business. They are in all kinds of places... go to their website to find out more: https://www.becaustralia.org.au/ good luck with it cheers roland
Jef Lippiatt Owner at Startup Chucktown
That definitely sounds like a noble pursuit. Are you planning it as a for-profit business or a not-for-profit business (charity)? There is a possibility that you may be able to get government grants if you are a non-profit business.
Also, who is your target audience? Is it a specific age group, income bracket, geographic location, something else or a combination? This will help you determine how you are positioning the marketing and lead generation for your venture.
Are you planning to setup a business learning environment where clients come into an office/classroom type setting? Are you planning on going to the location of your client (such as a mobile tutor). Are you planning on only offering in-person courses or will you use live streaming video or pre-recorded video sessions?
Will you be charging per class (a la carte) and/or charging for a topic that includes multiple classes about a related topic? Will you be giving clients that meet a specific standard certificates of completion or something similar?
Are you planning to limit class sizes so you can ensure each client gets 1-on-1 attention or are aiming for large class sizes?