Business Startup

Mary Ward Centre
Course summary
89 GBP excl. VAT
Online courses
Professional Training

Course description


Business Startup

This is your standard business start-up course!

Straddle the social and business divide by using your own life experiences in paid or voluntary work to set up a business enterprise with a social focus.

This course covers the practical steps needed to set up as a sole trader and/or a micro enterprise and/or a social enterprise.

Suitability - Who should attend?

The aim of the course is to enable students that are interested in setting up a new enterprise with a social focus to become familiar with the key steps that they need to take to underpin start up.

The teaching encourages students to apply the knowledge and skills that they acquire on the course to nuture, grow and progress their ideas.

Training Course Content

Got an idea for a business, but not sure how to put it into practice?

That is exactly what this course will cover. We will focus in on the following steps:

  1. Assessing your business idea (does it work as a social business? Is it viable?)
  2. How to register your business - We will look at stablishing the legal framework for your business (should you register as a sole trader, a social enterprise, a micro enterprise, a limited company, a franchisee, a community interest company or a partnership? - That's what we'll help you decide!)
  3. Writing a business plan - what should be in it? How should you write it?
  4. How to cost a product or service
  5. Accessing sources of income
  6. Managing the books.
  7. Marketing your product or service.

Course delivery details

The course will be run on Zoom. You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

How you will be taught:

You will be guided by a tutor who will teach via exposition, demostration and discussion. There will be one-to-one exercises as well as group work and throughout the course there will be time and space to reflect on what you learn as we go.

Continuing Studies

After taking this course, students often come back to us to study:

  • Social Networking for Small Business Enterprises
  • Website Building for Small Business Enterprises
  • Bookkeeping Level 1 course
  • Payroll Level 1

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Mary Ward Centre

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42 Queens Square
WC1N 3AQ London

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