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The Heavy Chef Guide To Starting a Business - Internal Training Experiment (Part 3)

Welcome to Part 3 of our internal "entrepreneur training" series we're doing at forgood.

Using the Heavy Chef Guide to Starting a Business in South Africa (it's a super light read and presents quite a nice structure for the do's and don'ts of getting going in business) - we're doing bi-monthly learning sessions, discussions and exercises.

I'll chronicle them here so you can follow along.

If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, go give them a read. If you're wondering why we're training our team to be entrepreneurs? I'd have to say: why not?

Chapter 3 and 4
These are great "tick box" chapters. A big list of things to check out and check off when you're investigating your business idea or even starting a new project within your current job. Here are the themes we're picking up on...

There is almost no barrier to entry to starting something

I loved the idea of a "wantepreneur". The talkers. The ones who attend networking m…

The Heavy Chef Guide To Starting a Business - Internal Training Experiment (Part 2)

This is a continuation of our internal forgood experiment to learn more about "starting a business". We're working through Fred Roed's Heavy Chef Guide to Starting a Business in South Africa and inventing some practical exercises to embed the learning.

The exercises will have a bias towards our current business, but will be flow out into the broader world of entrepreneurship incorporating examples for anything that's floating in our ecosystem (from family businesses to suppliers or competitors)

Why are we training our employees how to be entrepreneurs? Why aren't you?


Chapter 2
I really enjoyed this quote: "Business plans fail when they’re a glorified tool for procrastination". That probably sums up my views of business plans. They're the things many investors don't bother to read - but the process of writing them tends to help you do the thinking.

A fun modern tool for quick business plans is the Lean Canvas. Now, this has been hyped up a f…