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8 Week 'Start Your Own Business' (Rathfarnham): Begins Tue, 21st January

(28 Nov 2022)

COURSE TITLE:      'Start Your Own Business'
START DATE:          Tuesday, 21st January 2014
DURATION:              8 Weeks. Evenings (7.00-10.00pm). 
                                  Includes Tea/Coffee/Refreshments Break.

VENUE:                    Nutgrove Enterprise Park, Nutgrove Way,
                                  Rathfarnham, Dublin 14

Get Your Business Up & Running in 2014!

Are you looking to Start Your Own Business but are unsure
of how and where to begin?

We've developed an 8 week evening programme for you. Under the guidance of specialist trainers, you will learn how to research your business idea, assess its commercial viability, pick an appropriate business structure, identify sources of funding and explore effective sales and marketing strategies.

All course content has been carefully chosen to support any new product or service-led business.
Class sizes are limited to 15 people to ensure maximize learning outcomes for participants. 

This course runs from Tuesday, 21st January to Tuesday, 11th March 2013. 

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'Start Your Own Business' - Course Content (Week by Week*)


Session 1

Tue, 21st January

Introduction to Enterprise
& Self-Employment

- Steps to Starting a Business
- Reasons for Small Business Success & Failure
- Understanding How to Generate & Develop Ideas
- Trends for 2014/15
- Networks for Support & Advice

Session 2  

Tue, 28th January

 Legal Issues for Your Start-Up

- Guide to Choosing a Legal Structure
  [Sole Trader, Partnership or Company]
- Employment Law: Quick Guide
- Managing Contracts with Clients
- Leases & Insurance

Session 3

Tue, 4th February

Preparing a Business Plan

- Why Develop a Business Plan?
- Main Elements of a Business Plan
- Setting Goals & Objectives
- Reviewing Business Plans

Session 4


Tue, 11th February


Researching Your Market

- Market Research Methods
- Accessing Market Information Online

- Carrying out PEST and SWOT Analysis

Session 5 

Tue, 18th February

Marketing Your Small Business

- Understanding Your Market
- Product/Service Comparison
- Developing a Marketing Plan
- Marketing Online
- Promotion for Start-Ups


Session 6

Tue, 25th February

Bookkeeping & VAT

- Overview of Business Costs
- Pricing Your Product or Service
- Break Even Analysis
- Basic Financial Ratios


Session 7

Tue, 4th March

Finance & Taxation Issues

- Reporting Requirements for Sole Traders,
  Partnerships & Limited Companies
- The Self-Assessment System
- The PAYE, PRSI & VAT Systems
- The Completion of an Income Tax Return

Session 8

Tue, 11th March

Managing Your Finances

- Cashflow Forecasts
- Proft & Loss Account
- Balance Sheet

* Please note that changes to the running order of these sessions may be made.


'Start Your Own Business' Course - How it is Delivered

This course features group work, individual tasks, presentations, Q&A and exercises. The priority is to equip participants with knowledge and skills which they can implement into their new businesses.

Book Your Place & Get Your Business Started...

The Course Fee is €150 per person and is payable prior to course commencement.
To Book & Pay for your place now, simply follow the 'Book Now' link below.
If you need any assistance, please contact Lisa Brown on (01) 494 8400 or [email protected]

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