How to become self-employed

Ref: C3844724

If you have an idea for a business, at the back of your mind, your have ideas ready to go, looking for a new direction, are unemployed looking for a new start or want to fix employment around childcare. Then this course is for you. This course will help, if you at considering starting up a business, this course will give you the basic skills and knowledge to succeed. Each lesson will help you explore your ideas, help you make the correct decisions and understand the problems you can face in business. Each lesson will be a mixture of discussion, planning, sharing ideas and written preparation for a business plan at the end of the course. You do not have to any previous knowledge of business, just the desire to be the pilot not the passenger in your life. 1-Is Busines for You? 2- Will your ideas work? 3- How to Get started, 4-Plan for Success, 5-Funding or Grants, 6- Finding Customers, 7-Marketing/online marketing, 8-How not to make Common Mistakes

Course aim

This course will help you to discuss, examine and put your ideas into a business plan. You will learn to have the skills and knowledge to become self -employed. We will help build your confidence and inspire you to make positive changes in your life

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • 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 to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Assess my business ideas
  • Explain different business structures
  • Create a business plan
  • Demonstrate confidence to pitch my idea to funders
  • Explain and develop marketing

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Start your own business

Download full course information sheet

How to become self-employed

Enrolment Conditions

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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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