How to start your business in an afternoon

Online course

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Join Emma Jones CBE, founder of Enterprise Nation, for an information-packed afternoon workshop covering everything you need to know about starting a small business.

Have you started a business or are considering turning a talent into profit? If so, you are not alone. In 2020 record numbers of people became their own boss and you too can join this entrepreneurial movement.  Attend this afternoon workshop to hear from start-up and small business expert, Emma Jones CBE, and access all you need to start a business and get it on track. Suitable for anyone who is considering taking the plunge to start their own business or work freelance, as well as those who are already on the early journey of doing this. 

Across the afternoon, you will discover how to:

  • Come up with an idea and write a business plan
  • Decide on company status and accounting approach
  • Sort admin including insurance and Intellectual Property
  • Build a home on the web and master social media
  • Get known in the press  
  • Make sales and attract customers back
  • And how to achieve all this with a support network by your side.

This lively and informative afternoon course will be delivered workshop style by Emma, and offer practical tips as well as inspiring case studies of those who’ve been there and done it.  The accountancy section will be delivered by a chartered accountant. On completion, attendees will receive a digital copy of The StartUp Kit; a 172 page guide complete with business plan and press release templates, and have access to an online peer group.  

Tutor bio

Emma Jones CBE is founder of the UK’s most active small business network and business support provider, Enterprise Nation (www.enterprisenation.com) . The company supports over 50,000 people each month to start and grow their own business. Emma is author of best-selling business books including Spare Room Startup, Working 5 to 9, and the StartUp Kit. She is a regular media commentator on a range of issues which affect the UK’s growing number of small businesses.

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The course will be accessed via a unique link to a webinar.  

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