Start your own Business

Ref: C3743923

This course will help those wanting to run their own business, whether home-based or a larger enterprise. Students will learn about the mandatory requirement of running a business and the different types of companies they may set up. Students will learn how to do market research to enable them to learn whether their product or service is required. They will also learn how to write a business plan and keep financial records. Participants will write a marketing and communication strategy and they will also learn what support is available once they get started.

Course aim

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to start their own business, whether they are at the idea stage or whether they have already started.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Appreciate the mandatory requirements of setting up a company
  • Use at least 2 market research tools to gain information about the business
  • Write a comprehensive business plan
  • Use a spreadsheet to create a simple profit and loss account
  • Write and present a communication and marketing strategy

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Start your own Business

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  • 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 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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