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We recommend bookmarking this page so that you can make your way back anytime and dip into any subject you choose.


This course is designed for people to go through from start to finish. Begin at ‘Goal Setting’ and finish at ‘Summary’, but you are more than welcome to jump to any subject at any time.


We recommend downloading our business startup template to use as you progress through the course. There is also a wealth of other resources on our business startup resource page.


There are also some words of wisdom on videos at the bottom of this page – don’t miss them!


Click on a module below to start the course.





1 - Goal setting

Work out what you want to achieve for yourself and decide what your business vision is.

2 - Market validation

You have a great product or service, but will people actually pay what you need? Here’s how to find out.

3 - Creating a plan

How to turn your idea into a plan and why you need to put your plan onto paper.

4 - Money

How much money do you need? When do you need it? Knowing is the difference between success and failure.

5 - The boring bits

Business structures, tax, intellectual property, insurances and more. Everything you need to do and wish you didn’t have to.

6 - Business funding and investment

If you need money to start your business where will you find it? Here are the usual ways of raising some capital up front.

7 - Marketing

You need customers. Here’s some affordable and effective ways to get them to know you exist.

8 - Summary

When have you done enough planning? Are you ready to launch?

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