10 courses to help you start your own business

Drafting the business plan, seeking financing, customer loyalty… It is not enough to have a concept to start a business. Whether in accounting, communication or marketing, the creation of a business is characterized by phases that require certain skills. To get acquainted with the different technical knowledge related to entrepreneurship, it can be wise to follow certain specific training courses.

But it is sometimes difficult to sift through the plethora of training courses available. To facilitate the task of future entrepreneurs, our partner Topformation has selected several courses that can be very useful in the context of setting up a business.

For each step that emphasizes the creation of a business, find an example of training. They cost between 900 and 4,250 euros and can be fully or partially financed through your Personal Training Account (CPF), on which you build up rights annually to train yourself. These branches will be able to answer all your questions during the virtual fair dedicated to the CPF, organized by Capital and Topformation, on March 18 and 19.

Discover the basics of entrepreneurship

Are you looking for a global vision of business creation? There are complete training courses for this, with which you learn the basics of entrepreneurship. This is especially the case for the “Individual support for setting up and developing your business” training delivered by Force LMS, which imparts a methodology for successfully setting up and developing a business. From finance to corporate law to accounting training, the training is comprehensive. In parallel with a theoretical training consisting of 10 courses, the organization offers personal support by a consultant specialized in entrepreneurship. The latter is present at every stage of the participant’s entrepreneurial project, through one remote meeting per week.

Training duration : 3 months

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

Create a skill 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 capacities, but also to formulate your professional ambitions. ACE therefore offers the “Skills assessment” training course, which aims to bring out the potential and project of active people. HR advisors, engineers, coaches and psychologists guide each participant through the course. A coaching program is tailor-made with an advisor, who also defines the objectives to be achieved during the training. Indeed, the latter focuses on the construction of the participant’s project, from observing skills to testing the project in the light of the labor market.

Training duration : 24 hours in total

The highlight of the training: The participants themselves choose the advisor who follows them during their training. They meet different professionals and choose the one that best suits their project.

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Get funding to set up your project

Starting a business usually requires seed capital. Before going to different organizations to get funding, you must first ensure the soundness of your project and know how to defend it. To help entrepreneurs convince investors to support them, the organization LiveMentor offers the training “Financing your project: from business plan to pitch”. Participants learn how to obtain legal status, prepare a business plan and defend their project. The support is personalized and adapts to the problems of each participant: an experienced mentor (understand a tutor) is by their side throughout the training. The training also includes access to a private Facebook group, where participants can exchange and collaborate with their peers.

Training duration : 105 hours

The highlight of the training: The members of the LiveMentor team stay with the participants at the end of the training and provide two months of support to facilitate their integration as an entrepreneur.

Discover accounting

While this isn’t necessarily the most exciting part of setting up a business, your future business’s accounting needs to be worked out and managed. To familiarize yourself with the basics of accounting, it is possible to get an education on the main accounting mechanisms. For example, the Comptalia organization offers training courses in “Preparing the company’s general accounts”, to master the income statement, book entries or even do an inventory. In concrete terms, at the end of this training, participants will be able to enter all accounting documents, perform bank reconciliations, edit the VAT return and finally perform inventories via software.

Training duration : 3 to 6 months

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

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Promote your brand on social media

Once your business is established, it’s time to get it out there. Social networks have become an important space for promoting a brand, promoting its products, but also creating privileged contact with consumers. To familiarize entrepreneurs with community management, Open Classroom offers training courses aimed at creating content on social networks, managing communication campaigns or animating a community with a brand speech. The training also covers managing communication with influencers, conducting an e-reputation audit or even organizing live events on social networks.

Training duration : 11 months

The highlight of the training: Throughout the training, the participants are trained by solving practical cases.

learn to sell

You have developed your business plan, obtained financing and obtained your legal status. Now all you have to do is sell your products and keep your customers. Manitude’s training “Managing the Key Stages of a Successful Sales” can then enable you to acquire the tools to master the different stages of the sale. You’ll learn how to organize and implement prospecting, make sales calls both face-to-face and over the phone, and finally, you’ll be trained to close a sale.

Training duration : 3 or 5 days

The highlight of the training: Simulations are performed during the training to put the participants in the right situation.

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Take advantage of e-commerce

The e-commerce sector, which had been strong for several years, really boomed during the health crisis. Whether through home delivery or click & collect, online sales have proven to be extremely resilient during the health crisis. For active people who want to start a business, e-commerce is therefore an important point to consider when building their business model. But before you get started, it is still necessary to understand how online commerce works: developing a navigable site, providing a pleasant user experience or even succeeding in being visible on the internet are all skills that need to be developed. The training organization My Connecting therefore offers the training “Boost your sales thanks to e-commerce”, built on four levers: being visible, creating traffic, selling and cashing in.

Training duration : 7 pm

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

Manage your team

Acquiring management concepts can be helpful to entrepreneurs seeking to recruit employees. The training “Team Management – Positive Collaboration” delivered by the organization Hommes et coopération allows the development of multiple skills in management such as leadership, knowing how to follow and share a strategy or even difficult situations and conflicts to master. After studying the basics of team management, participants are trained in positive management focused on well-being at work, to finally learn how to organize their team and manage its performance. Once their training is complete, participants join the community of certified positive managers to continue their development as a group.

Training duration : 45 hours

The highlight of the training: A consciously positive orientation: Emphasis is placed on well-being at work, to train benevolent managers.

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Getting started with Photoshop

Photoshop software can be very useful to create photomontages and thus design your brand’s website. The Agiss organization offers quick training to discover the basics of the software and to be able to make a photo montage in a professional setting. The training is led by a professional graphic designer, who takes into account the context and needs of each participant (for example, we do not create the same way the result should be in print or on the web). The training is intended to be concrete and mobilizes the participants: the expert explains the different practices, then everyone implements their explanations by making photomontages. The training is adapted to each asset: it can be completely individual or in small groups, remotely or face-to-face, and can also be carried out within a company.

Training duration : 3 days

The highlight of the training: Participants will leave with video tutorials of the various tools they’ve learned so they can revisit them whenever they want.

Obtain a Diploma in Project Management

As a business leader, it can be interesting to obtain the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, the international reference certification in project management. To prepare you for this exam, the QRP organization offers training courses that cover the different stages of project management. All elements related to project management are studied in this way, such as the budget, the offer or the calendar. The training lasts five full days, covering one theme per day, punctuated by case studies and accompanied by exam questions to ensure concepts are understood as you go along. Please note: the certification is intended for project managers and young entrepreneurs, but you still need to have at least 3 years of project management experience.

Training duration : 5 days

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

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