Free course to help if you want to start a business after A levels

Simon Paine and Alan Donegan (wearing glasses), co-founders of Pop-Up Business School, photographed in London

Getting your A level results can focus your mind. Any students who discover this Thursday that they don’t know what to do next, those with a business plan in mind, as well as young people who have lost their job as a result of the pandemic, can sign up for a free, five-day nationwide course run by the PopUp Business School, starting September 14th. Spaces are unlimited and the course will help young people from all walks of life, especially those who are currently at a loose end, to start their own business for free.

Simon Paine is co-founder and CEO of PopUp Business School and will be leading the UK-wide course.

Simon says: “Post-COVID, there is more opportunity than ever for starting your own business. There’s been the biggest of shake-ups, so young entrepreneurs should be busier than ever – there really hasn’t been a better time to start up.

“We are in new territory and, in many ways, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young people thinking of starting something completely new. We will never get a chance like this to step back out of our day to day, reflect and create something that is important to us and that people need. What do people want and need at this time? How can you serve them in a way that aligns with your passions and interests?

“Don’t focus on what is missing, what is lost and what is wrong. Start focusing on what is next, what is possible and what you can do. Your focus determines your results. Change your focus and you change the course of your destiny. Every single day, focus on what you can build and create and work towards the future you desire.

“Unless you are a scientist working on a cure, you can’t do anything about the situation, so stop worrying and just make the most of it. Don’t be reactive to the environment, be proactive.

“Watch read and listen to everything we are creating here:
popupbusinessschool.co.uk/survival-guide


Here are Simon’s seven keys for young entrepreneurs wanting to start a successful business, post-COVID19:

“1. Don’t borrow money. You can start a business without money by borrowing, bartering and selling first. Use your customers’ money to deliver your product or service.

“2. Focus on one thing and focus on one target audience: try and sell to everybody, end up selling to nobody.

“3. Choose something you love to do. Starting a business is tough! We meet lots of young people who try to start a business doing something they think they can make money from, rather than something that they would enjoy.

“4. Take massive action to promote your business and make sales. Don’t send one email, send 1000. Don’t make one phone call, make a hundred a week. You need to do ten times the marketing you think you do.

“5. Have an unreasonable sense of urgency to get things done. Don’t take six months to promote, do it in six days.

“6. Find a sparring partner – someone you can hang out with – you don’t have any co-workers so you need to create your own. It doesn’t matter if you’re not working on the same thing. It’s someone to help make you do stuff and you can do the same for them.

“7. No zero days. Get into great habits – it’s all about habits. Do something every single day to grow your business and do it consistently so you get some momentum.”

About PopUp Business School

Founded by Simon Paine and Alan Donegan in 2011, PopUp Business School’s mission is to change the way entrepreneurship is taught across the world. It has educated over 7500 people in seven different countries through free events and helped launch 967 businesses in 2019 alone.

In response to the Covid-19 lockdown, PopUp Business School pivoted to free, live, online events, as well as launching the PopUp Business Survival Guide and running twice-weekly webinars that are accessed by thousands of entrepreneurs for free. PopUp Business School is backed by organisations including Google, Henley Business School and Westminster City Council.

Young people can find and sign up for the free, nationwide business course starting September 14th at: https://events.popupbusinessschool.co.uk/housing-partnership

Young people who want to start learning straight away can also access course notes any time at: https://www.popupbusinessschool.co.uk/anywhere.html

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