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Building a business isn’t easy. It takes patience, diligence, passion, and, sometimes, even that’s not enough. So what exactly is the secret to building a successful and sustainable¬†business?

To help you in every stage of your entrepreneurial journey, SIMPLY’s Sarah Boyd created an online course titled¬†How to Build and Sell Your Business in 5 Years. Sign up and you’ll receive instant access to in-depth video lessons from top entrepreneurs (like FabFitFun’s very own Katie Echevarria Rosen Kitchens), tips on how to establish your company’s brand identity, navigating social media as a brand, how to get your startup acquired, and more.

After you complete the course, you’ll also be able to execute the key nine steps to starting a business.

Plan short and long-term goals for your business
Whether you set a detailed quantitative goal or something a little more open-ended, the first step is to map out exactly what you hope to achieve with your business.

Take your business idea from an abstract vision to reality
Yep, there’s actually a “how-to” for this, and you’ll learn all of the steps in the course.

Know the essential personnel for your business
What does your team look like? How much manpower do you need to kick-start your business? Kitchens, our co-founder and editor-in-chief, will answer all of your burning questions.

Manage and grow a team of employees
Now that you have your team, you need to strategize how to manage and grow your team members.

Set expectations for yourself and your team
Make a list and check it twice!

Establish a strong brand identity
A strong brand identity is the foundation of any successful business.

Create processes and routines for long-term success
Because the last thing you want your business to become is a has-been.

Negotiate deals and contracts
Know your worth!

Understand different fundraising options and investments
It’s an uncommon yet essential topic to cover.

Ready to get your business off the ground? The online course is available for purchase until March 22 at 7 p.m. PT, so sign up before it’s too late!

xx, The FabFitFun Team