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    Con Fident
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    Hi everyone,

    I have been a lurker for awhile, but thought it a good idea to join, lots of great information here!

    Whilst I am not in business, I think I have long held a desire to. All my siblings have run business’ – so it can’t be too hard! :D

    I am thinking as I am an employee, I should utilise some time to educate myself in small business management before I take the plunge (what industry I don’t know yet).

    Can any of the community members advise if doing a Certificate 4 in Small Business Management is worth doing, or is there another way to learn (besides just doing it!). The Small Business Development Corporation run mini courses in marketing, finances etc – is this enough?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    ConFident
    (one thing I need.. ;))

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    FetchBargain
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    First of all welcome to the Flying Solo.

    In regards to your question, I personally do like Mini courses but only o learn something which I don’t know much.

    To create your basics you need to go for uni courses I believe but again this is what I personally believe.

    I guess you need to see what interests you better. Honestly speaking everyone will be having a different answer in this case.

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    Tony Manto
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    Hi ConFident, yes you should read a d study as much as you can. There is a lot of information and books you can read without doing any courses, however I found it best when you apply your knowledge to a case study or real application. It might be as simple as making a list of what you think you need to improve your skills on and then just get better at those.

    I find YouTube extremely helpfully, with lots of tutorials to watch and learn from.

    If your siblings have a business, get involved as much as you can.

    The key is not in knowledge but in application of the knowledge.

    KPI,s and understanding the key business drivers is one area that a lot of business owners don’t understand.

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    Hi Con,

    The cert 4 is really a good course. It will assist you to identify areas of running a small business that you would typically overlook. It will also force you to have a good hard look at the feasibility of a business before wasting money on it.

    Semester 1 is about to start, its a couple nights a week for 2 x 18 weeks. Just do it.

    Steve

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