10 courses to help you start your own business

Creating the business plan, the search for financing, customer loyalty … It is not enough to have a concept to start a business. Whether it is in terms of accounting, communications or marketing, setting up a business is characterized by stages that require certain skills. In order to familiarize yourself with the various technical knowledge related to entrepreneurship, it may be wise to follow certain specific training courses.

But it is sometimes difficult to sort through the abundant supply of available training. To make the task easier for future entrepreneurs, our partner Topformation has selected various courses that can be very useful in connection with business creation.

For each step that delimits the creation of a business, find an example of training. They cost between 900 and 4,250 euros, and can be financed in whole or in part via your personal training account (CPF), on which you earn rights to train yourself every year. These companies will be able to answer all your questions during the virtual trade fair dedicated to CPF, organized by Capital and Topformation, on 18 and 19 March.

Explore the basics of entrepreneurship

Are you looking to acquire a global vision of business creation? For this, there are complete training courses that allow you to cover the basics of entrepreneurship. This is especially the case with the training “Individual support to create and develop your company”, provided by Force LMS, which transfers a method to successfully create and develop a company. From finance to business law to accounting education, the education is extensive. In parallel with a theoretical training consisting of 10 courses, the organization offers personal support from a consultant specializing in entrepreneurship. The latter is present at every step of the participant’s entrepreneurial project through a weekly meeting conducted externally.

Duration of training: 3 months

The highlight of the training: Its interactive platform, like a video game. The e-learning platform used recreates a training center: embodied by avatars, participants can move around and interact with other participants.

Make a skills assessment

Before embarking on a business creation project, it may be interesting to take stock of your career as part of a skills assessment. The latter allows you to measure your strengths and personal abilities, but also to formulate your professional ambitions. ACE thus offers the education “Skills assessment”, a course that aims to bring out the potential and project of the active people. Personnel consultants, engineers, coaches and psychologists accompany each participant throughout the course. A support program is tailored with a counselor who also defines the goals to be achieved during the training. The latter is actually focused on building the participant’s project, from observing skills to testing the project in the light of the job market.

Duration of training: 24 hours in total

The highlight of the training: Participants choose the advisor who will accompany them during their training. They meet several professionals and choose the one that best suits their project.

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Get funds to create your project

Starting a business usually requires start-up capital. Before going to different organizations to get funding, you must first ensure the solidity of your project and know how to defend it. To help entrepreneurs convince investors to support them, the LiveMentor organization offers the training “Financing your project: from business plan to pitch”. Participants learn how to achieve legal status, build a business plan and defend their project. The support is personal and adapts to each participant’s problems: an experienced mentor (understanding a companion) is present by their side throughout the training. The training also provides access to a private Facebook group, which allows participants to exchange and collaborate with their peers.

Duration of training: 105 hours

The highlight of the training: The members of the LiveMentor team remain present with the participants at the end of the training and offer two months of support to facilitate their entrepreneurial integration.

Discover accounting

Although it is not necessarily the most exciting part of setting up a business, the accounts of your future business need to be prepared and managed. To become familiar with the basics of accounting, it is possible to follow a course that covers the most important accounting mechanisms. The Comptalia organization thus offers training in “Preparation of the company’s general accounts”, to master the income statement, bookkeeping of postings or even statement work. Specifically, at the end of this training, participants are able to enter all accounting documents, perform bank reconciliations, edit the VAT return, and finally perform inventory work via software, dedicated accounting.

Duration of training: 3 to 6 months

The highlight of the training: The training schedule is personal (from 4 to 20 hours of study per week, outside or during working hours) and flexible during the course.

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Market your brand on social media

Once your business is set up, it’s time to make it known. Social networking has become a key space to promote a brand, promote its products, but also create privileged contact with consumers. To familiarize entrepreneurs with community management, Open Classroom offers training centered on creating content on social networks, conducting communication campaigns, or animating a community with a brand speech. Also covered during the training are managing communication with influencers, performing an e-reputation review or even organizing live events on social networks.

Duration of training: 11 months

The highlight of the training: Throughout the training, participants are trained through practical cases to be solved.

learn to sell

You have developed your business plan, obtained financing and obtained your legal status. Now you just have to sell your products and retain your customers. Manitudes “Leading the key stages of a successful sales” training can then enable you to acquire the tools to master the various stages of sales. You will learn to organize and implement prospecting, to hold sales meetings face to face, but also on the phone, and you will finally be trained in closing a sale.

Duration of training: 3 or 5 days

The highlight of the training: Simulations are conducted throughout the training to put the participants in position.

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Take advantage of e-commerce

The e-commerce sector, which has already been gaining momentum for several years, experienced a real boom during the health crisis. Whether it is via home delivery or click and pick up, online sales have proven to be extremely robust during the health crisis. For active people who want to get started in entrepreneurship, e-commerce is therefore a key point to take into account in building their business model. But before getting started, it is still necessary to know how online commerce works: Developing an easily navigable website, offering a comfortable user experience or even succeeding in being visible on the internet are all skills that need to be developed. The training organization My connecting thus offers the education “Boost your sales thanks to e-commerce”, built on four handles: to be visible, create traffic, sell and collect.

Duration of training: 19 hours

The highlight of the training: Entrepreneurs come out of their training with an operational site to sell and collect.

Leading your team

Acquiring concepts of management can be helpful for entrepreneurs looking to recruit employees. The training course “Team Management Course – Positive Cooperation” provided by the organization Hommes et coopération allows for the development of several competencies in management, such as management, knowing how to follow and share a strategy or even deal with difficult situations and conflicts. After studying the basics of team management, participants are trained in positive leadership with a focus on job satisfaction, to finally learn how to organize their team and manage performance. Once their training is complete, participants join the community of certified positive leaders to continue their development as a group.

Duration of training: 45 hours

The highlight of the training: A consciously positive orientation: emphasis is placed on well-being at work, in order to train benevolent leaders.

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Get started with Photoshop

To make photo montages and thus design your brand’s website, Photoshop software can be very useful. The agiss organization offers quick training to discover the basics of the software and be able to create a photo montage in a professional environment. The training is led by a professional graphic designer, who takes into account the individual participant’s context and needs (eg we do not create in the same way if the result is to be printed or online). The training is intended to be concrete and mobilizes the participants: the expert explains the different practices, then implements all their explanations by making photo montages. The training is adapted to each asset: it can be completely individual or in small groups, externally or face to face, and can also be carried out within a company.

Duration of training: Three days

The highlight of the training: Participants set off with video tutorials of the various tools they have learned so they can watch them again whenever they want.

Get a degree in project management

As a business leader, it can be interesting to acquire the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, the international reference certification in project management. To prepare you for this exam, the QRP organization offers training that covers the various stages of project management. All elements related to project management are thus studied, such as budget, tender or calendar. The training runs over five full days: One theme is covered per day, characterized by practical cases and accompanied by exam questions to ensure that the concepts have been understood along the way. Note that the certification is aimed at project managers and young entrepreneurs, but you must still have at least 3 years of experience in project management.

Duration of training: 5 days

The highlight of the training: The teachers are certified in SMEs but also in other good management practices, which makes it possible to bring different visions and answers to the participants’ questions.

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