Starting a new business can be super challenging, but we’re excited that you are interested in our toolkit to help you get your new business off the ground. In this toolkit, you’ll find a number of tools and resources to get you started. With this toolkit, our goal is to save you time, energy, and money, as well as help you wrap your head around all the nuts and bolts that come with starting a new business. There’s more to it than just a great idea!
What’s Included In The New Business Toolkit:
1. The Ideation Consultants New Idea Workbook
We offer this resource for free on our website, and we’ve included it in this toolkit in case you haven’t downloaded it yet. Why? Because we really want you to have this resource. If you’re starting out with just an idea, or several ideas, this document helps you work through the viability of each concept until you land on the most concrete and exciting business idea.
2. Strategies & Objectives Worksheet
A great way to tackle a big task is to break it down into smaller pieces. That’s exactly what this worksheet will help you do. You can print out or duplicate this Word document as many times as you like. Stick to only one objective or business goal per sheet and then use the rest of the space to strategize how you will achieve this business goal. Set goals, strategize, and watch your business take off.
3. Global Year-Round Entrepreneur Event Calendar
Have you been to an entrepreneurship event in London? Istanbul? Iowa? Anywhere? If you have, you know how captivating and energizing these events can be. But if you haven’t, you’re missing out! These events are where entrepreneurs go to get the word out about their products and services, meet people, learn new concepts and ideas, forge new connections – the possibilities are endless. This resource packs 17 pages full of global entrepreneurship events, as well as some virtual ones so you don’t have to worry about travel.
4. Free Resources to Help You Get Started
Starting a new business doesn’t have to break the bank. Have you heard of bootstrapping? If you haven’t, the concept of bootstrapping a new business involves keeping your startup costs as close to $0 as you can. You can still get plenty done without spending a penny. From logo design to free advertising, our free resources document provides a wealth of free tools you can use to keep your startup costs low.
5. One-Page Business Plan Template
A one-page business plan is a great resource to help you plot out your idea without getting too far into the weeds. In the very beginning, it may be beneficial to opt for something as short as this so you can lay the groundwork quickly and then spend more time setting up your actual business.
6. Full-Length Business Plan Template
We’ve also included a full-length business plan template for when you’re ready to create a more detailed plan. When you’re ready to start pitching and looking for funding, you’ll need a full-length business plan to show investors every part of your business, especially the current and projected financials.
7. Forming an LLC – State by State
Are you thinking about registering your business and forming an LLC? If so, we’ve provided links to all US state LLC registration websites so you don’t have to spend time looking for where to go for directions.
8. Founders Agreement Template
If your business is run by more than one founder, it could be a good idea to complete a founders agreement with all parties involved. Iron out all the nitty gritty details of your partnership (responsibilities, salaries and payment, etc.) so that these things don’t come back to bite you later.
9. Letter of Intent Template
For those hoping to contract a business or entity to help you out with your business, we’ve included a letter or intent template. You may not need this now, but it’s nice to have just in case.
10. Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) Template
At some point during the life of your business, you may speak to potential partners about your business. To help you protect your ideas, we’ve included a Non-Disclosure Agreement Template in this toolkit.
12. Terms of Service Template
13. Business Expenses Template
Every business has expenses at some point. No matter how small, it’s always a good idea to track them and stay organized. That’s why we’ve included a business expenses tracker Excel template in this toolkit.
14. Logo Design Worksheet
If you like to draw things out by hand, this worksheet is perfect for you. Plot out some initial ideas then try your hand at drawing out some of your ideas until you find something you like. Then move to a free online tool like Canva (https://www.canva.com/) to help you bring the logo to life. We’ve also included a color chart to help you identify which colors you may want to incorporate into your logo.
15. Pitch Deck Template
At some point, you may choose to join a pitch competition to compete for funding. A pitch deck must have specific components to capture an investor’s attention. We’ve created a template for you that includes all of those necessary components.
16. Project Plan Template
A project plan is a great resource to help you get organized. You can use this for your business as a whole, or for specific parts of your business. A project plan helps you create a timeline and map out all necessary actions to get your business, product, or service where it needs to be.
17. 2020 Monthly Calendar
If you don’t already have a 2020 monthly calendar, use ours! Feel free to print out the whole document, or print out one month at a time. Calendars are a great way to stay organized and stay on top of important dates.
We’re glad you are interested in our New Business Toolkit! If you have any questions about what’s included in this toolkit or if you’d like to work with us, don’t hesitate to contact us.