The Builder

The Social Enterprise Builder is a step-by-step guide on how to build a social enterprise. This guide is written for anyone wishing to understand more about social enterprise and how to start one. The Builder guides you through a rigorous business planning process, which underpins the future success of a social enterprise.

This comprehensive guide is structured in seven stages. The first two stages are for anyone wishing to learn about social enterprise. The third stage is for those still looking for social enterprise ideas. The fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh stages are for those that have an idea and want to develop it into a social enterprise. In each section, you will find a number of downloadable worksheets and templates to help you develop your social enterprise idea and turning it into reality.

Stage 1: Understanding – Understanding social enterprise
Stage 2: Inspiring – Social enterprise case studies
Stage 3: Exploring – How to generate ideas 
Stage 4: Focusing – Focusing and developing the idea 
Stage 5: Designing – Conducting a feasibility study to flesh out the enterprise idea 
Stage 6: Pursuing – Writing and pitching the business plan 
Stage 7: Implementing – Executing your business plan and bringing the enterprise to reality

The Builder is a free resource available to anyone wishing to use it.

It takes only a minute to register for a user account, which is required to allow the Builder to track and report on your personal progress through the guide. You will have a personal roadmap that shows you the sections which you have started and completed. If you already have a Social Traders user account, log in immediate to the left. Otherwise, registration for a new account costs nothing and takes only a minute.

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