What opportunities will this course give me?
Have you ever thought about running your own business but don't know where to start?
Our FREE Business Planning for Beginners course is suitable for anyone considering setting up a small business, voluntary organisation or charity, or has already taken their first steps.
Please take a look at our other free courses running later in the year which form part of our Community Learning Programme.
We also offer other business courses at Eastleigh College - please browse the website for further information.
What will I be learning?
The course will address specific start-up topics, such as: pros and cons of running your own business, personal lifestyle choices, researching your market, statutory requirements and setting achievable targets.
Over three sessions, we will aim to cover the following topics:
Week 1: Types of Business
Identifying different business types including charities and Voluntary Organisation (Sole trader, Partnership, Limited Company, Community Interest Company).
Understanding the purpose of different business types.
Identifying suitable business types for the individual learners and analysing the strengths and weakness of the proposed enterprise.
Week 2: Finances and Legislation
Understanding statutory requirements and financial responsibilities applicable to different types of business, voluntary organisations and charities.
Understanding the importance of recording financial transactions and basic bookkeeping.
Identifying ways of raising business start-up capital.
Week 3: Writing a Business Plan
Identifying reasons for writing a Business Plan.
Understanding common elements included in a Business Plan.
An Eastleigh College Certificate will be awarded upon request.
Why is this course for me?
Whilst you will not gain a professional qualification on this course, this is a great way to learn about how to set up your own business and building your confidence to help you to achieve your end goal.
The course will be taught through demonstrations, discussions and practical tasks.
How will my learning be enhanced?
Your tutor has extensive experience of setting up businesses and writing business plans, and is ready to support you on your journey.
They will be both friendly and accommodating, ensuring your experience on the course is stimulating and rewarding.
Why is Eastleigh College my best choice?
Here at Eastleigh College, we are proud of our comfortable, welcoming learning environment and community venues. Youll be alongside other learners who are keen to learn the same skills, opening you up to individuals with similar interests and mind-sets to you.
There is absolutely no pressure or expectations; we just want our learners to have the best time possible and leave feeling proud of their new skills.
What do I need to sign up?
There are no formal entry requirements and the course is suitable for all adult learners aged 19 and over.
This course is ideal for anyone thinking about or planning to start a small business, charity or voluntary organisation. Access to a computer and the internet at home would be an advantage.
Is there anything else I need to know?
Please bring a pen and paper/notepad to the class, along with any business resources that you already have - for example: leaflets, cards, printouts.
No further costs are anticipated, however learners will be responsible for the purchase of any additional materials relevant to the course.
Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.
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If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Adult and Community Learning team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1270.
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The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.
Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.