Be Your Own Boss: Is running your own business right for you?

Have you always wanted to start your own business but something held you back? Have you struggled to get a job that's right for you? Running your own business could be the answer. Find out in this practical and supportive training workshop.

  • We'll look at what's involved in running a business and whether that would suit you.
  • We'll discuss different options for running a business even if you don't have an idea what type of business you could run
  • We'll consider what you will need to do to trade within the law
  • We'll develop an action plan to help you get started

This is the first workshop in a programme designed to help you to get up and running as soon as possible. Thanks to funding from the NatWest Skills and Opportunities fund this training is free to you. The programme is managed by Action West London and run by Glenda Shawley of the Training Pack an experienced business adviser and qualified adult trainer.

This is what Zoe Angle of Angle Glass, a participant on a previous course had to say,

'I had thought of working for myself before, but had been very nervous of leaving the security of a full-time job. It seemed a more daunting task. Glenda's course showed me that it was possible. Her clear practical approach sign-posted the steps that need to be taken and this combined with her supportive style, convinced me that this was a viable option.' (Zoe's business continues to grow more than 10 years on.)

Further core modules include...

  • What is my business? This is about understanding exactly what you are selling, to whom and what competition you have for your ideal customers' money.
  • Money matters. Your business will need to be profitable so we'll look at costs, pricing, profits, financial documents and a little bit about tax
  • Winning customers. Every business needs customers and they need to be able to find you and decide that you are the right supplier, this session will look at what you need to do to win and keep customers.
  • Planning for success. A business plan will help you to manage your business professionally, if you need to raise funding it will be essential to have a sound business plan. There are some other planning tools that would help and we'll look at those too.

Additional modules are also available depending upon the type of business you are planning to run. These include...

  • Selling skills
  • Display and sales promotion
  • Networking skills for use off and on line
  • Using IT in your business including websites, social media and tools to manage your business
  • Running a market stall business

Mentoring will be available to assist you to develop your individual plans and to get your business started. If you'd like to run a market stall we can offer you a stall on Acton market with support from our market trading team. We can also offer help in confidence building, language training and other skills according to need.

You can register for the event here.

Acton, London (Final venue tbc - Register to be informed)
Event Start Date: 28 Mar 2018  -   Event End Date: 28 Mar 2018
Start Time: 06:00 PM
End Time: 09:00 PM

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