Start Your Own Small Business

Ref: C2228974

Starting Your Own Small Business is an introductory/beginners' course for anyone who is considering setting up a small or micro-business, or is considering self-employment as a career option. If you are looking at this course because you are considering working for yourself in some capacity, you will find lots of information of interest. You may notice that some activities ask you to think about a business you are planning to start, but if you do not have a business in mind, this shouldn’t stop you from completing the course, as you can consider any potential business for the activities.

Course aim

We will focus primarily on the structure of a very small business, where you will develop your knowledge of the general principles and points of small business start-up and operations.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain what business structures are available and suitable for a small business in the UK.
  • Recognise the ways in which a small business can gain and keep customers.
  • Explore ways of creating flyers and marketing materials.
  • Identify the financial and legal obligations of running a small business.
  • Explain some of the common aspects of successful small businesses.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

- You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. - You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Start Your Own Small Business


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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