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starting a business

starting a business

Date: Aug 11 2006


1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

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Steph’s thinking about starting up a business. She is talking to John right now to ask for advice.
Listen to his advice.


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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.




Steph:  Hey John, I’m thinking about opening up a business. What do you think?

John:  Well, what kind of business would it be?

Steph:  Um, it would be like business marketing for bands.

John:  Oh. That sounds like fun.

Steph:  Yeah. Do you have any advice for me?

John:  Uh, what are you you gonna do for funding to start it up?

Steph:  I dunno yet. I’m kind of thinking about that. What do you suggest?

John:  Well, when I started my business, we needed a lot of money to start it off. And at first it was a combination of our money and our friends and family.

Steph:  Oh really? How’d that go? Was it hard to ask for money?

John:  It was hard, but we had a pretty good idea, people believed in us, so they gave it to us.

Steph:  That’s cool. Have you paid ‘em all back?

John:  Yeah. They’ve all been paid back in some way or another.

Steph:  That’s great. Hey, that’s great advice. Thanks.

John:  Yeah, so you think you’re gonna do it?

Steph:   I think so.

John:  Good luck.

Steph:  Thanks.



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There are several things that you have to think about when you start up your own business. Firstly, you want to do something that you will enjoy doing.
Secondly, you have to take the time to put together a sound business plan. The business plan should lay out how much money you will need to start up.
Lastly, it should be a good combination of fun, excitement and hard work.


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