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    Internationally Accredited by ICOES
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    Recommended by 95% of Students
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    About the course

    You’ve done your training and now feel you have the skills to build your passion into a business. But how do you get started? Turning a dream into a reality can be a daunting project, especially if you don’t have experience in setting up and running a business.

    While most people who own and run their own companies will say how rewarding it is, they will also tell you how busy and challenging it can be. Before making any plans, you need to be as prepared as possible for what’s ahead.

    The IOA understands the many fears and worries setting up a business can bring up:

    • Do I have enough business knowledge?
    • How will I get customers?
    • What official obligations will I have?
    • How could I raise funding?
    • Will it work?
    • Can I manage the fast paced world of social media?

    To help you allay these worries and prepare you for the entrepreneurial world, we’ve compiled this Start Your Own Business course, especially focused on the business areas our students are trained in.

    Throughout the course, we give you lots of real life examples of our advice in action. The easy to understand content is packed with inspiring material and workable ideas on all aspects of setting up and running a business. You’ll be clear on how prepared you feel to get started and where you’ll need to seek help.

    Starting a new business is a very exciting prospect. It’s also a serious project which needs careful preparation and sensible implementation. Equip yourself with essential tool before you start planning to give yourself the best chance of success. Sign up for Start Your Business course today and make it the first step towards your dazzling new future!

    What you will learn

    The course contains a wealth of knowledge and advice on all aspects of setting up and running a small, start up business:

    • Preparation, we’ll get you to explore your inner entrepreneur and recognize the skills and talents needed to make a success of running a business. 
    • Introduction to Marketing, gives you a solid grounding on the basic principles of marketing plus really practical advice.
    • Setting up your business, takes you through the less exciting but necessary formalities around your business structure, business name, intellectual property, legal obligations and registering your business.
    • Running your business, we get really practical and explain about budgets and cash flow, accounting and taxes. 
    • Business Plan shows you the requirements for a business plan and where to find templates and samples to guide you to complete yours.
    • Launching your business, rounds off with the more exciting elements of introducing your new business to the world.

    Throughout the course, we give you lots of real life examples of our advice in action. The easy to understand content is packed with inspiring material and workable ideas on all aspects of setting up and running a business. You’ll be clear on how prepared you feel to get started and where you’ll need to seek help.


    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: Preparation – Before You Start Your Business
    • Self-assessment. Are you an entrepreneur?
    • Market Research and competition analysis
    • Developing, assessing and testing your idea
    • Funding – how to finance your business idea
    • Availing of help
    Module 2: Preparation – Introduction To Marketing
    • Income sources and pricing
    • Marketing, advertising, promotion
    • Building your marketing and sales strategy
    • Make full use of technology
    Module 3: Setting Up Your Business
    • Your business structure
    • Business name, brands and intellectual property
    • Legislation/regulation/permissions
    • Registering the business
    Module 4: Running Your Business
    • Budgets and cash flow
    • Accounting, record keeping and taxes
    • Business bank account and online banking
    • Arranging finance
    • Insurance
    • Premises
    • Home based business
    • Staff, motivation and training
    Module 5: Business Plan
    • What is a business plan and why do you need one?
    • Sections in the business plan
    • Access help to write your plan
    Module 6: Launching Your Business
    • Planning a successful business launch
    • Time management and delegation
    • Personal development
    • Building your business network


    Who is this course for

    This is the idea course for:

    • Those who have always dreamed of opening a business, but were overwhelmed with the amount of information they didn't know
    • Those who would like to explore the nitty-gritty of business ownership, to find out if it's something they really want to do
    • Current business owners, to improve their knowledge base and sharpen their skills
    • Managers and leaders who would like to bring business-based ideas and knowledge into their individual skillsets.

    Career path

    After you complete this course, you could:

    • Start your own business
    • Improve the business you already own
    • Become a better manager and leader
    • Share your skills and knowledge with a consultancy business
    • Advise others on how to become leaders in their field


    Certification details

    To receive certification, you must:

    1. Complete every page of the course
    2. Score at least 55% on the exam at the end of the course
    3. That's it!

    After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.

    All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE). Check for the CPD logo on the course page.

    CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

    International Open Academy is also an officially approved TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) center, with the TQUK Center Number: C001157

    TQUK is a national awarding body recognized by the UK Government and regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

    For further details, please visit https://internationalopenacademy.com/accreditation