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Start a New Business

If you want to start a new business but lack the confidence you need to forge ahead then this course would suit you. Covering all aspects of the requirements of small business from types of businesses, business opportunities and how to develop them, through to business planning, budgeting sales and how to gain better profits.

What this Course Covers

Twelve lessons:

  1. Introduction to Small Business -Types of business and communication, types of language, office equipment.
  2. The Business World -
    Consultancy services, law and business, the landscape industry, business letters, communication systems.
  3. Your alternatives - different types of ventures -Buying and starting a business.
  4. Marketing - What is involved in marketing, advertising, selling, communication.
  5. Planning - Organising and planning to ensure the success of the business.
  6. Basic Bookkeeping - Financial statements, balance sheet, profit and loss statement,insurance.
  7. Sales Methods - Selling, sales method, telephone canvassing.
  8. Budgeting - Assets and liabilities.
  9. Developing a 12 month business plan - Protection, planning and production.
  10. Implementing a business plan - Communication with employees, planning the development of the business.
  11. Reviewing progress in a new business - Research, evaluate and decide on business plan updates.
  12. Improving profitability - Increase profit and reduce expenditure.


Study when, where and however much you want. For most students, the course can be completed with a total of around 100 hours of study; and a commitment close to that may be needed to achieve desired learning outcomes.

Extra Reading

The following books, available through this web site are relevant supplementary reading for this course

  • Starting a Business
  • Saving a Business
  • Business Operations


Self Assessment Tests are presented throughout the course. These are essentially an automated quiz. When you undertake a "SAT" or "Self Assessment Test", you will be able to see what you got correct, and what was incorrect; and in that way, you can identify your weaknesses.

Assignments are given at the end of each lesson. You should complete this assignment, paying careful attention to follow what is asked of you. It can be just as important to learn to work to specification, as it is to learn about the topic you are studying. Graduates who develop a habit of working to specification in the field of human behaviour, will impress employers, and will be more efficient when self employed.

A Final Exam is offered upon satisfactory completion of all assignments. This is optional. If you choose to apply for and do this exam, you will have the possibility of obtaining a "formal credit" or "Pass Certification" for this course. A fee applies. The exam may be sat under prearranged conditions anywhere in the world. This college will award you a formal transcript, upon successful completion of the exam, as proof of your results.

Recognition and Ethics

This college is a member of the ACS Affiliates Network; a group of colleges from several countries, affiliated with each other through ACS Distance Education.. Courses are developed with input from all of these colleges, aspiring to reflect internationally accepted standards and needs.

A strict "No Plagiarism" and "No fraud" policy exists. Assignments are checked for plagiarism, and assignments will not be deemed to have been completed, if work is not your own original creation, and is found to have been copied from elsewhere. If the person doing the course is discovered to be different to the name enrolled, the enrolment and any results will be recorded as invalid and any fees paid will be forfeited.

Refund Policy

A full refund less expenses (up to 15% of fees applied) is provided to anyone wishing to withdraw from a course, within 2 weeks of enrolment. This does not apply after the first assignment has been submitted and marked; or after the two weeks has expired.


We believe that we have an ethical responsibility to make good use of the fees you pay and the time you invest into an education through our college. To this end, our first priority is always your learning. This comes before issues such as formal accreditations, speculative marketing and bureaucratic processes which all too often add considerable costs to the running of colleges, and take resources away from the provision of more valuable services to the student.

This college focuses on facilitating your learning and support to optimise that learning. We recognise that learning is all about improving knowledge and skills in your long term memory. While some colleges may focus on getting you to pass exams, by committing knowledge to short term memory; we understand that such an approach is not true education, and does little to improve your long term career or business prospects.

What Could This Course Do For You?

It will broaden your business skills - from marketing and selling through to bookkeeping and writing a business plan -and a lot more. A great course for anyone setting up a small business or thinking of it.


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