1. Talent Scout - Make a list of your skills
and interests, a list of community needs and a list of business that would
combine the two.
2. Ask an Owner - Do an interview with a
successful female business owner. Ask her the following questions:
- What was your first business?
- Why did you start your own business?
- What do you like the most and the least
about being your own boss?
- What personality traits and skills are
needed to run a business?
3. Risky Business? - With a group,
debate the advantages of working for yourself with the disadvantages.
4. Business Plan of Action - Think
about a business you could start now and create a business plan for it.
Do this by answering the following questions.
- What products or services will you
- Who will your customers be?
- What will the name of your business be?
- How will you get the money or supplies to
- How much will you charge for your product
- How will you keep accurate records of
income and expenses?
5. Friends and Money - Talk to a
friend who is interested in starting a business with you and create
guidelines to help guarantee a successful working relationship.
Don't forget about communication.
6. Cost and Profit - Talk to someone
who has her own business and find out how she determines her expenses and
what her time is worth.
7. Be Seen! - Create an advertising
campaign for your business (real or imaginary).
8. Practice Makes Perfect -
Demonstrate the way you would present yourself and your product or service
to your customers.
9. Up and Running - Take part in
running a business according to the plan you created in requirement 4.
10. Cash Flow - Find out how to open a bank
account for a business and about special bank services for business.