Footsteps 103 - Entrepreneurship

Footsteps 103 is packed with practical advice on how to run a successful business.

Editor's note

Zoe Murton

Starting a business can be challenging, but it can also bring great social and financial rewards. This edition of Footsteps is on the topic of entrepreneurship. It covers practical questions such as how to come up with a great business idea (pages 6–7), how to manage your finances (pages 12–13 and 16) and how to write a business plan (pages 18–19). 

It also explores challenging issues such as barriers to women’s economic empowerment (page 10) and how to protect livelihoods from disasters (pages 20–21). And throughout, we feature inspiring case studies of entrepreneurs from Kenya, Guatemala, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Brazil, Nepal and Pakistan.

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Footsteps articles

Field of crops

Adding value to boost profits

Have you ever wondered why jam usually costs so much more to buy than raw fruit?

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Bible study

Bible study: Godly attitudes to business

What does the Bible teach about running a business and making money?

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Book-keeping spreadsheet

Book-keeping for beginners

A simple and easy method for keeping track of your business transactions (PDF).

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Children’s zone: Using our gifts for God

A page of fun activities for children.

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Could you learn a new skill to give you a business opportunity? Photo: Andrew Philip

Choosing a winning business idea

Choosing a business idea is one of the most important parts of your journey as an entrepreneur.

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Photo of pickles. Photo: SSEWA-Pak


News, views and a ‘knotty problem’.

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Diaconia helped women form community businesses such as bakeries. Photo: Diaconia

Empowering women in north-east Brazil

Tearfund’s partner Diaconia helped women in Brazil to achieve economic success and gain a voice. Article includes tasty recipes!

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How to complete a cash flow forecast

A cash flow is a month-by-month summary of the money that goes into and comes out of a business (PDF).

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Self-help groups or microfinance organisations may want to see a business plan before granting a loan. Photo: James Morgan/Tearfund

How to write a business plan

A business plan is a written document that states what your business will do and how this will be achieved.

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Joël Tembo Vwira set up the first waste management company in Goma. Photo: Business and Services Company

Interview: Rethinking waste in DRC

Joël Tembo Vwira shares the story of his business’s astonishing growth.

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Jos Green Centre, Nigeria

An inspiring group of young people in Nigeria are thinking up environmentally friendly business ideas.

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After the earthquake in Nepal, Kopila set up a successful tailoring business. Photo: missionFACTORY Switzerland

Protecting livelihoods from disasters

Helpful livelihoods advice for people living in areas at risk of disasters.

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Photo: Maarten van den Heuvel


A selection of books, websites and training material about entrepreneurship.

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Self-help group. Illustration: Petra Röhr-Rouendaal, Where there is no artist (second edition)

Self-help groups: creating capital together

Self-help groups are an incredibly effective way for people to lift themselves out of poverty.

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Terra Coco makes a range of products from discarded coconuts. Photo: Terra Coco

Turning waste into wealth

Instead of throwing away waste items, we can use them to create new business opportunities.

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Hakule Dida's income increased when she started growing green grams instead of maize and beans. Photo: Farm Concern International (FCI)

Value chains in Kenya

Read how Farm Concern International helped farmers in Kenya to boost their profits.

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How will you make your business stand out from the competition? Photo: Andrew Philip

What makes a successful business?

Great talent and good intentions are not necessarily a guarantee of a successful business.

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Household tasks are often viewed as women's responsibility. Illustration: Petra Röhr-Rouendaal, Where there is no artist (second edition)

Why do women earn less than men?

What barriers exist to women’s economic empowerment, and how can these be overcome?

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Men working on a farm

Why my church is involved with business

Pastor Roy Soto from Costa Rica shares how an earthquake prompted his church to get involved in business.

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