Will your business idea work? Learn how to test it.
It's these questions that keep aspiring business owners up at night: "Will my idea work? Are there enough customers? How do I know there isn't a better idea out there?"
Smart From Scratch® is a hands-on, comprehensive course that enables you to develop a business idea, validate it, and determine if that idea is viable to pursue. Learn how to test whether or not there's an audience for your business idea.
All business ideas need validation, even this online course. That’s why I launched Smart from Scratch® to a select number of founding students in late 2016. The founding students helped shape the course content with their amazing feedback. Now, thanks to them, Smart From Scratch® is tested, validated, and ready to help you find your business idea!
Hi, I'm Pat Flynn. Here's why I created Smart From Scratch®
I run several successful businesses, including Smart Passive Income, Green Business Academy, and SPI Labs. Over the course of the last decade, I've conceived of and developed dozens of products and new businesses. I've both succeeded and failed, and all the while I've charted my progress to find what works and what doesn't. I've also interviewed hundreds of other business owners to learn from their stories, which you can find on The Smart Passive Income Podcast.
I've heard the same struggles from aspiring entrepreneurs time and again: "I don't know how to find a business idea," or "I don't know if my idea will work," or the biggest one, "I'm afraid I will fail."
I want you to learn from my successes and failures. I’ve poured these experiences into the Smart From Scratch® course to give you insight into the business strategies that truly work from start to finish. I'm here to help you find your idea, to figure out if it will work, and to teach you how to fail early so that it doesn't hurt as much. I'm here to help you—let's get started!
A business course without the crashing
Smart From Scratch® was designed for your success. Each and every facet of the course, from its length to action items, was carefully planned to serve that goal.
- Course length: The course includes three distinct stages (along with an additional bonus module) to take you from idea to business. See the Course Curriculum below for a detailed course outline. How long the course takes is up to you—you can work at your own pace. Once you enroll, the course is always available to you.
- Action items, including target audience research, network engagement, and prospect follow-up.
- Regular opportunities to provide your honest feedback about the course.
What you will learn
Success from the ground up.
Across three distinct stages, you’ll be treated to a highly detailed rundown of what it takes to:
- Find an idea that works for you, even if you don’t know where to start.
- Define and refine your business idea so that you can move forward and test the best, most viable option.
- Develop and execute a plan for reaching out to people interested in learning about your idea.
- Create the proper channels for following up with prospects and pre-selling your product or service. My goal is to help you get your first customer!
Who it's for
Making your impact.
Smart From Scratch® was designed for students looking to make an impact in the business world but who may not have the tools to help get them there.
You are an aspirer. You yearn to make your mark on the world. Maybe you even have an idea for a business or an amazing product, but you're not sure what to do next. Or maybe you're having trouble coming up with an idea in the first place. Smart From Scratch® is the course to help you identify and validate your idea, so you can begin building a business that works.