Courses To Help Start A Business
A business start-up course tailor-made for South African entrepreneurs
Looking for the best course to help you start your business?
So, you have a business idea and you are ready to turn it into reality. Arm yourself with the skills, knowledge and strategy you need to realise your business dreams.
Get the course designed by South African entrepreneurs tailored for young businesses and start-ups.
Hola Business is your essential business starter pack. Through 12 interactive online modules, you’ll learn how to go about turning your business idea into reality. Best of all, you will create and develop your own customised business and financial plans as you go through the course.
What will I learn?
When managing a business, you should put some focus onto yourself. Central to this will be the development of a Wheel of Life, as well as the setting of some personal goals, and action plans to achieve those goals.
Cycles of Your Business
Pre-start-up, development and growth phases. Learn about the early cycles of business, the challenges you’ll face in your business journey and how you can be prepared for the changes the business will go through.
From Idea to Plan
Take that business idea and interrogate it a little more. This module will create the overview of your business plan by defining your business, your market and competitors, as well as doing a SWOT analysis
Develop your Vision, Mission, SMART goals and action plans as you formulate your own Business Plan using a Balanced Scorecard, through an easy to understand step by step process of creating these key planning documents.
Intro to Financial Planning
A quick introduction to the importance of financial forecasting, introducing the three key documents that will make up the Financial Plan.
Gain a detailed understanding of the costs of starting and operating your business, your day-to-day costs, and how they impact on the business.
Pricing for Profit
A straightforward guide to setting prices, incorporating pricing strategy, costing principles, breakeven points & guidelines to profitable pricing.
Gaining a clear understanding of the financial scorecards of the business are critical to the long-term health of your business. Be guided through the forecasting process, culminating in the development of your Income Statement forecast.
Managing Working Capital
Learn how to manage your working capital, and understand the flow of money through your business. Be guided through the development of your own Cash Flow and Balance Sheet forecasts, completing your Financial Plan.
Setting up Your Business
All a start-up needs to know about tax, compliance and admin. Take the frustration out of searching the internet to find out what you need to know about in setting up your business.
Explore the ways you can look to get financing for your business. Examine both traditional and alternative funding options available to you, and what you need to know.
Marketing for Start-Ups
Understand business-appropriate marketing fundamentals and identify the ideal marketing channels for successful promoting of your business to your target audience.
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Why Hola is your business course of choice
Much more than just a course – Hola Business is your complete online business starter kit. In addition to the 12-part course, you create and manage your business and financial plans, test your skills with our tailored business simulator, and have all the important resources at your fingertips.
100% practical – this course is based on practical knowledge and built to answer real-world challenges young entrepreneurs’ face in starting their business.
Experience-driven – the course has been developed by instructors with years of experience who specifically train both young entrepreneurs and experienced business owners.
Knowledge-driven – this course walks you through the administrative and technical side of your business, like what you will need to know to get your business registered, is one example of many.
‘Start a business course’ with Hola business
Hola Business is more than just a course on starting your business. It is your complete business starter pack.
A once off investment of R1 499 entitles you to access for a full year to the 12-module programme delivering your customised business and financial plans; complete with your vision, mission, and business goals contained in a balanced scorecard, as well as action plans for achieving the goals; essential skills needed to start and operate a successful business; a fantastic business simulation to test your skills; ; and many other additional resources.
Gain knowledge of how to apply the essential skills needed to run a business.
Additional course details
12-module, complete start-up business course:
The programme covers a wealth of information in an easy-to-understand process of learning; developing your personal, business and financial plans while you learn. As you go through the 12 modules you will be guided through the content step-by-step, capturing information as you learn that will populate into a professionally formatted business plan. The content is designed to assist in building your business acumen and give you essential tools needed to start and run your business:
Module 1: Personal Goals – This module will quickly touch base on where you feel you are in your personal life and central to this will be the development of a Wheel of Life, as well as the setting of some personal goals.
Module 2: Cycles of your business – This module will take you through the early cycles of business showing what you can expect in the months and years ahead, and how you can be prepared for the changes the business will go through.
Module 3: From idea to plan – This module will form the overview of your business plan by defining your business, your market and competitors, as well as doing a SWOT analysis.
Module 4: Business planning – Develop your Vision, Mission, SMART goals and action plans as you formulate your own Business Plan using the Balanced Scorecard. This module will take you step by step through the process of creating these key planning documents.
Module 5: Intro to Financial forecasts – The Business Plan cannot be considered complete without a financial plan backing it up. This module introduces you to the concept and documents of the financial plan.
Module 6: Understanding costs – Getting a handle on costs can be tricky for any business, and more so for start-ups. Successful business owners need to have a firm grasp of the financial side of things. This module deals with the understanding of costs and their impact on the business.
Module 7: Pricing for profit – This module aims to take the guesswork out of your pricing decisions and looks at pricing strategy, costing principles, breakeven points and guidelines to profitable pricing for your business.
Module 8: Financial scorecards – The financial scorecards of the business are critical to the long-term health of your business. In this module we will guide you through the forecasting process, culminating in the development of your Income Statement forecast.
Module 9: Managing working capital & cash flow – This module deals with the flow of money through your business. It will also guide you through the development of your own Cash Flow and Balance Sheet forecasts, completing your Financial Plan.
Module 10: Setting up your business – All a start-up needs to know about tax, compliance and admin. This bonus module takes the frustration out of searching the internet to find out what you need to know about in setting up your business.
Module 11: Getting finance – This bonus module looks at the ways you can look to get financing for your business. It explores both traditional and alternative funding options available to you, and what you need to know.
Module 12: Marketing for start-up businesses – Marketing your business, your products or services is essential to attain any significant market share. It only works when you use it correctly.
More than a just business course
Hola is unique in its offering, incorporating numerous benefits seldom found in a course offering. When signing up with Hola, you also get:
Customised business plan:
Your customised business plan is automatically generated as you answer questions in each module. Once all modules are complete, you will have a professional and ready-to-use business plan.
Customised financial plan:
Similarly to the business plan, once all modules are complete you will have a financial plan for your business, in as much detail as is required for your specific business.
Practice, realistic, business simulations form part of the course. See how you have improved your expertise with Hola by turning an annual profit in a simulated business.
Vision & Mission:
With the knowledge you’ve acquired from Hola, generating your company mission and vision becomes easier and more accurate than before – and Hola will enable you do this effectively.
You will have access to all the essential business requirements like taxes and all legal necessities in one place.
Develop your business and financial plans while learning from your Hola course.
Determining the course that is best for you
There are multitudes of courses which aspiring entrepreneurs can take. There are three primary things to consider before deciding on which ‘start-a-business’ course you should take.
Duration: How long is the course and how many hours a day do I need to commit to doing this course? Remember, if you’re thinking of starting your business you are probably still employed. Will you have sufficient time to complete the course to the best of your ability without it affecting your daytime job or any other work that you are putting into starting your business? Makes sure you choose the course that is best for you.
- The Hola Business programme can be completed in approximately 40 hours.
Content: What does the course content consist of? Make sure you don’t jump into the first course that you think can fit in with your available time. The content outlined in the course must not only provide the basics, it should also allow you to grow into your business as you develop. Make sure that the course also covers business fundamentals. No matter how knowledgeable friends or family members are, nothing beats getting your education from the experts. Consider the content wisely before deciding on a course.
- Instructors with South African entrepreneurial experience and vast experience in business training develop the course content for Hola Business.
Affordability: You will already be aware of the start-up costs associated with your business. If not, you probably have an idea that starting a business is going to cost you something. That is not a subject we are going to dwell on here, as more can be read on this topic by reading our articles: how to write a financial business plan and financial plan template. The point is, when considering what course you should take, assess your needs, the course content outline and the cost of the course to make an informed decision. Free templates and courses are rarely in fact free and are mostly designed to lead you into some form of payment down the line; and expensively priced courses might make you feel that they must offer value based on their price, however that is certainly no guarentee of quality and can leave out-of-pocket at the end of the day. That doesn't mean you need to start your business poorly prepared or already in the red, as Hola is a feature rich programme at an affordable price, designed to get you going without breaking the bank.
- Hola is a cost effective solution at just R1499 for a full year's access.
Hola Business – much more than just a business course!
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Learn essential skills and knowledge while building your business plan through step-by-step online training with Hola Business.
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