Start Your Own Enterprise – Introduction
Click the image below to watch a Welcome video from your tutor, Robert Ashton.
Congratulations, you're thinking about starting your own business (or perhaps your family and friends are encouraging you). We all have dreams, but now we're going to work together to turn your business idea into reality. Inevitably your business vision will not yet be crystal clear yet. You'll have doubts, concerns and perhaps some questions too. But don't worry, that's all quite normal.
My name is Robert Ashton. It was redundancy that pushed me into self employment more than 20 years ago. Now I'm a best selling business author, campaigner and social entrepreneur. I help people with passion create the future they want for themselves and those they care about most.
In this Starting your Own Enterprise course we'll be working together to create the future you want to see. I'll be answering your questions and helping you start your enterprise journey. We're going to make you an entrepreneur! You see, we are all, to some extent, entrepreneurial. It is an attitude rather than a skill. It's what made you challenge the authority of your parents and teachers as a child. That's not to say that if you were very obedient at school you won't succeed in starting a business. What's important is that you start a business you'll be comfortable running.
This course has 8 units, each of which you can read through in under an hour, but you should tackle them at your own pace and complete the optional activities whenever and however you like. >
I'll be guiding you every step of the way, sharing my own experience and giving you other examples. So why not start now by having a look at Unit 1: Defining your Dream?
Throughout this course, I'll be giving advice about achieving success and avoiding the pitfalls. But as you set up your own business and come up against different challenges, you may feel the need for additional support. Below are examples of organisations that will provide you with free, unbiased advice - but only if you ask!
- National Enterprise Network: provides independent enterprise training and support.
- Gov.uk (Business Link): packed with useful facts and weblinks.
- ACAS: the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service provides free employment advice.
- HMRC: remember that HM Revenue and Customs are there to help you, not just collect your tax.
- Companies House: find out about UK companies, register your own and get other tips.
- CDFA: Community Development Finance Initiatives can help with funding when the banks say no.
Remember that no two businesses are the same. I've written this course from my specific experiences and those I've witnessed, but your business has to reflect your own vision, personality and circumstances. Remember that all businesses have their ups and downs so, if you hit problems, do seek help.
When you are ready, click to move on to the first unit Defining your Dream