There is a claim out there that about 2 in 3 people secretly yearn to own and run their own business. The best way I know to start your own business is to start a business. The downside though is that the odds are always against you from the onset. You have heard it all before, 90% or some other very high percentage of startups are destined to fail.
There are many reasons for this but when it comes to tech start ups one of the reasons, in my opinion, is that of lack of fundamental business skills. Tech founders tend to be in a bubble where they are so convinced with the superiority of the product, the greatness of their idea they forget it is a business.
Look at the greats
There is a reason why William Gates is one of the richest people in the world today and it is not because he was the best coder and geek out there. He was ‘the best’ business man. While his computing skills were nothing to sneeze at, the DOS the software that was key to his ultimate success was actually bought off from outsiders.
While Lary and Brin’s PageRank software is what made Google a unique company it was only after their investors brought the formidable Eric Schmidt into the business that they evolved into a real business. Before that their software was just a really expensive hobby. Key products like YouTube and Android were acquired along the way. That’s not tech prowess that’s business sense.
You need finance skills
No matter your field, finance and business skills are absolutely required in your start up. The shortcut to gaining these is to of course hire a specialist or outsource. Both these options require a significant outflow of money which, with Capital being hard to come by as it is in Zimbabwe, is not ideal.
Udemy’s finance courses to the rescue
Udemy offers an impressive list of short “attendance” courses online for any imaginable topic under the sun. Their courses are not an alternative to say getting an MBA but they can be pretty useful if you want to learn the ropes and are short on time and money. For less than $20 you can enroll in a course of your choosing and get lifetime access.
Since we are talking about Finance here is my curated list of 10 Finance Courses you might find useful:
- The Complete Financial Analyst Course 2018
- Introduction to Finance, Accounting, Modeling and Valuation
- Financial Modeling for Startups & Small Businesses
- The Complete Finance Manager Course 2018
- Financial Management – A Complete Study
- Accounting & Financial Statement Analysis: Complete Training
- Accounting And Finance: Bookkeeping & Financial Statements
- MBA in a Box: Business Lessons from a CEO
- Financial Modeling: Build a Complete DCF Valuation Model
- Advanced Financial Management- A complete study
If you think my list sucks then you are always free to go to Udemy and search and enroll in a course that suits your needs.
How to enroll and my offer to help those using Ecocash
These courses require you to make a payment using a MasterCard/Visa card that can make international transactions. For most people this will mean hunting down the USD/Forex and getting a prepaid FBC MasterCard or Steward Bank Prepaid Visa/MasterCard and preloading it.
I am willing to help those who want to enroll using Ecocash. You can get in touch with me on my email garikaib (at) gmail (dot) com with your details. As always my offer ends when the funds I have run out. When this happens this message will be crossed out.
Disclaimer blah blah blah
These are short courses you are enrolling into at a discounted price of 12 bucks so don’t expect them to be a CIMA or ACCA alternative. They are just a jetpack to get you started. These courses are also conducted online so you will need an internet connection.