8 Week Start Your Own Business Course: Starts Wednesday 30th October

Clayton Hotel Leopardstown, Sandyford Business District, Central Park, Dublin 18
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Start Your Own Business

Are you looking to Start Your Own Business but are unsure of how and where to begin? Book a place on our 8 week evening course beginning 30th October 2019.

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Get Your Business Up & Running in 2019!

Are you looking to Start Your Own Business but are unsure of how and where to begin?

We've developed an 8 week evening programme for you. Under the guidance of specialist trainers, you will learn how to research your business idea, assess its commercial viability, pick an appropriate business structure, identify sources of funding and explore effective sales and marketing strategies.

All course content has been carefully chosen to support any new product or service-led business.
Class sizes are limited to 15 people to ensure maximised learning outcomes for participants. 

This course runs from 6.30pm - 9.30pm on eight consecutive Wednesday evenings (30th October - 18th December 2019).
The venue is The Clayton Hotel Leopardstown, Sandyford Business District, Central Park, Dublin 18.

Session 1

30th October

Introduction to Enterprise
& Self-Employment

- Being an Entrepreneur: The Road to Self-employment
- The realities of starting and running a business in a competitive environment
- The reasons for small business success and failure
- Trends for 2019
- The importance of networking for success

Session 2

6th November

Preparing a Business Plan

- Why Develop a Business Plan?
- Key Elements of a Business Plan
- Completing a Business Plan: Pitfalls to avoid
- Understand the purpose of business planning
- Setting Goals & Objectives for a business plan
- Practising the Pitch
- Business Plan templates

Session 3

13th November

Legal Issues for Your Start-Up

- Guide to Choosing a Legal Structure
  [Sole Trader, Partnership or Company]
- Registering a business name
- Employment Law: Quick Guide
- Understand insurance & tax implications for a small business
  (incl. VAT, PRSI, PAYE)
- Purpose of opening a business account and bank reconciliation

Session 4

20th November


- Sales techniques and approaches
- Setting sales targets and developing a sales plan
- Developing your Elevator Pitch
- Closing effectively
- Forecast and plan for future sales

Session 5

27th November

Marketing Your Small Business

- Best practice marketing tools
- Markets Size & Trends: How my Product/Service meets the needs of customers
- Creating a Value Proposition
- Brexit Implications
- Identifying target markets and segments
- Digital Marketing made easy

Session 6

4th December


- Fixed and variable overheads
- Establish initial running costs
- Break-even formula
- Budgeted Profit & Loss
- Pricing your product or service
- Understanding financial analysis tools
- Developing a lean business model

Session 7

11th December

Basic Bookkeeping

- Prime books of entry
- Preparing a trial balance
- Preparing a projected Profit & Loss Account
- Preparing a projected Cashflow
- Preparing a projected Balance Sheet

Session 8

18th December

Taxation & Funding Sources

- How to plan capital requirements
- What are the sources and uses of funding 
- Examination of personal, private & corporate equity
- Financial ratios for business
- The importance of credit control
- Maximise profitability through optimum liquidity

* Please note that changes to the running order of these sessions may be made.

The trainer company running this course is Optimum

'Start Your Own Business' Course - How it is Delivered

This course features group work, individual tasks, presentations, Q&A and exercises. The priority is to equip participants with knowledge and skills which they can implement into their new businesses.

Book Your Place & Get Your Business Started...

The Course Fee is €150 per person and is payable prior to course commencement.
To Book & Pay for your place now, simply follow the 'Book Now' link at the top of this page.
If you need any assistance, please contact (01) 204 7083 or contact@leo.dlrcoco.ie