How To Set Up Your Own Business

Course aims

Ever wanted to set up your own business? Ever thought about working for yourself? Well now is your chance. We will go through the basics of setting up a business including; business ideas and feasibility studies including carrying out market research and finding a customer base, registering your new business, different types of business models and how to register with HMRC.

Course length

20 hours. Courses are usually 2 hrs per week

Who is this course for?

Adults (19+) who would like to set up their own business.

Will I gain any qualification?

No, this is a non-qualification course. All our Digital Skills courses embed development of study, English, maths and job skills to help prepare you for study at higher levels and improve work prospects.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

No you do not need any prior qualifications however your English, maths and IT skills will be assessed before you join the course to make sure that the course is the right level for you.


By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Register a business with the appropriate authorities
  • Keep business accounts
  • Prepare to finance the business
  • Write a short business plan
  • Market the business to potential clients and customers
  • Marketing strategies

What could this course lead to?

At the end of the course, your tutor will check your skills to see what you are ready to do next such as a Level 1 Digital Marketing or another IT Qualification.

How will I learn?

  • Use of Learner portal and Moodle (online course to support your learning)
  • The teacher showing you things
  • Talking with other learners
  • Doing tasks with other learners
  • Using your phone
  • Your tutor will give regular feedback on what do well and what you need to do to improve
  • You will use an online Individual Learning Plan (e-Trackr) which sets targets that are personal to you.  Targets will be added throughout the course to develop your IT skills and support your journey to achieve long term goals. Your tutor will give you regular feedback on what you are doing well and what you need to do to improve.

What we require of you as a learner?

You will be invited to a 1:1 progress review with your tutor. This will take place either 15 minutes before or after your normal class time.

You will need a pen, notepad, and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises. If possible, bring along your own device (smartphone or tablet) to access online resources and apps to support your ICT learning in class. You will also need to be prepared to do some individual work at home between classes.

To improve your progress on the course we expect you to attend on time and every session. If you are unable to attend a session, you will be required to email your tutor with the reason for non attendance.

Support if you are registered unemployed, looking for a job or a better job – Route to Work

As part of your programme of learning, we will support you to develop the skills you need to get a job or a better job, such as CV writing, application forms, interviews and working in a team.  Your tutor will discuss your individual learning and development needs to agree with you which of our Route to Work short courses will best suit your needs and enrol you on these modules.  

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