"In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm.
In the realm of the real world all the rest comes from perseverance."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
This section of our website contains many sub-sections for ease of digestion and understanding. Starting a business is a complex task. Many helpful links to outside resources can be found throughout the sections. You do not need to start a business on your own. Many people are out there to help.
You may have already spoken to mentors, professional advisors, supporters, family and friends - some of whom may be your future customers or your most critical (and important) advisors. Listen well. Research continually. Stay up-to-date as a professional in your field - take courses, upgrading, accreditations. Keep current on the regulations that affect your business locally, provincially, nationally and globally.
These are just some of the steps in becoming the owner of your own business. The rest you will find below.
Starting a Business
Section 1: Contemplating Your Great Idea
Section 2: Would you enjoy you as the boss?
Section 3: Financing Basics
Section 4: Choosing the Structure
Section 5: Is the Red Tape a Deal Breaker?
Section 6: Communications in the 21st Century
Section 7: Networks & Mentors
OK, I'm Ready to Write the Plan
Section 1: Introduction to CFSN Financing
Section 2: Loan Application Package
Section 3: Cash Flow Management
|Expanding Your Business
Section 1: Why Expand?
Section 2: Risks of Expansion
Section 3: Expansion Strategies
Section 4: Plan for Growth
Section 5: Financing Growth
Section 6: Manage Growth
Section 7: Measure & Evaluate
Section 1: Why Plan Now?
Section 2: Common Exit Strategies
Section 3: Valuating Your Business
Section 4: Grooming Your Successor
Section 5: Support & Resources
|Business Planning Tools
Cash Flow Worksheet
Sample Balance Sheet