Implementation: Checklist for launching a successful school business

So, your production team have been working hard, you’ve planned your first launch event and now you’re ready to start making some sales! Or are you? Follow our checklist and make sure everything is in order!

Implementation checklist

A checklist example with the things you might need to get ready before launching your school business!
(You can find this in Weekly Guide 10)

Remember, to help you with the implementation phase of the programme you should refer to the Weekly Guides 10-16. To access these, you’ll need to log in to our website with your username (the email address you registered with) and your password by clicking HERE.

Below we’ve picked the 5 most useful tips to help you successfully launch your school business.

Tip #1: Practice makes perfect

In Weekly Guide 10 you’ll find an activity called ‘Trial Run’ which will help you practice running the business. It will allow you to identify the areas you might need to focus on, along with the challenges you might face and possible solutions to overcome them.

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Students at Conalep Aguascalientes IV in Mexico practiced amongst themselves before launching their school business.

Tip #2: Good sales etiquette

Customers should be at the heart of your business so it’s important that you make them feel valued. Check out the ‘Good and Bad Customer Service’ activity in Weekly Guide 11 to brush up on your customer service skills!

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Students at Asian International School in India know the importance of being polite to customers.

Tip #3: Managing your finances

Have you thought about how you are going to handle the money made from sales? It’s important that students have been briefed on financial procedures and transparency – you can read more about this in Weekly Guide 12. Also, remember to make sure you have something which can act as a till and some small money ready to use for change!

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The young students at Escuela Republica de China in Honduras have clear systems in place to manage their finances.

Tip #4: Visibility is key

Handing out flyers and holding a launch event is a great place to start but the most successful businesses find even more creative ways to advertise their products or services. Have you ever thought about becoming a human billboard to attract customers’ attention? Make sure you check out Weekly Guide 11 – it’s packed full of effective ways to make your business known!

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Students at St. Andrew Kaggwa Gombe High School Kawaala in Uganda out in their neighbourhood promoting their school business

Tip #5: Follow-up

What happens after you’ve had your launch event or made your first few sales? Well, you shouldn’t stop there. At this point, it’s a good idea to get the whole business team together in a meeting and celebrate your successes. You can use this opportunity to discuss how things went, learn from your mistakes and plan for the future!

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Students at St. Mary’s School Dwarka in India reviewing their launch event and planning for the future

We also wrote a blog piece on launching your school business last year. It covers a range of aspects like how to motivate your students, raising your start-up capital and holding a launch event. You can read it by clicking HERE.


The School Enterprise Challenge team wishes you all the best launching your school business. This is the most exciting part of the programme as you get to actually operate your business and make sales to real customers. We really hope you enjoy it! If you have any questions you’d like to ask us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at info@schoolenterprisechallenge.orgwe always like hearing from you!

tamtf-week-1-e1504708163752.jpgThis article was written by our Community Engagement Officer, Christophe. He really enjoys hearing from schools participating in the School Enterprise Challenge and is always looking out for new topics to blog about. Is there a certain aspect of the programme you would like him to write about? Or maybe you’d like to give him some feedback? Send him an email at info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org

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About School Enterprise Challenge

The School Enterprise Challenge is a global awards programme for schools to establish innovative school-based businesses. Our easy-to-use resources help students and teachers to plan, set up and run their very own business at their school. As well as generating extra income for the school, students get to enjoy a real, hands-on entrepreneurial experience and develop essential life skills on the way. All schools (primary, secondary and vocational) from all countries are welcome to take part for FREE! To find out more and register for the School Enterprise Challenge 2017, visit the website: www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org
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