Start a business

Are you interested in starting or growing a business? Inmates to Entrepreneurs offers online resources, educational seminars and local chapter meetings to help you get started. View the brief videos in our library below for answers to all of your most pressing questions about starting and running your business.

Should you tell people you’re a former inmate?

How do you come up with a good business idea?

What is a business plan and do you really need one?

What types of businesses are the easiest to start?

What is the best part about being a business owner?

Do you know it all after you start a business?

What advice is there to start a business?

What are some of the barriers facing former inmates when it comes to starting a business?

Is it important to come up with a good name for your business?

What traits make former inmates successful in business?

What are different ways you can get paid?

How do you price the product or service you are providing?

Should you ever borrow money?

How do you get your first customers?

How do you start a business with no money at all?

What do you do if you don’t get paid?

How much money can you expect to make?

How many people will you have to talk to before you make a sale?

How do you generate customer referrals?

Why and how do you provide great customer service?

Do you need business cards and other marketing materials?

How do you ask for the sale?

Should you work with family or friends?

Should you have a business partner?

What types of problems are likely to arise with employees?

What are the basics of accounting?

Why should you set personal and business goals?

Should you start your business on a part-time basis or jump in full-time?

What are the best ways to manage time and schedule customers?