Start Your Own Business Programme

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 a specialist training company, 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 maximise learning outcomes for participants.

This programme runs over an 8 week period (usually one evening a week from 7pm-9pm) and runs in various venues throughout the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area.

The fee to participate in this programme is €150 (Included as part of the fee for this course is a 6 month membership of our START Network)

1 & 2

Project Presentations, Skills Identification &
Idea Generation

  • Participants describe their business ideas/concepts
  • Participants identify the skills they can bring to their business through the employment, business and non-work activities and experiences
  • Trainer talks through six Idea Generation techniques to the group and conducts a workshop, inviting all participants to contribute suggestions to each other's projects.

3, 4 & 5

Business Plan Development, Sources of Finance
& Book-Keeping

  • Participants research and create their own business plan, featuring sections related to the Product/Service Offering; The Market; The Competition; Sales Forecasts; Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet & Cashflow Forecasts
  • Trainer identifies sources of funding available to start-up microenterprises
  • Small Business Book-Keeping overview

6 & 7

Sales & Marketing

  • Preparing To Sell

Knowing your product, business, competitors
Prospecting Techniques
Sales Planning

  • Sales Techniques
The Presentation
Prospecting Techniques
Closing the Sale


The Irish Business Framework

  • The Legal System
  • HR & Employment Law
  • Banking
  • Taxation [Registration & Returns]
  • Health & Safety

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


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

This programme 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 Programme Fee is €150 per person and is payable prior to course commencement.

Please click here to see a full list of up-coming programmes.

If you do not see a Start Your Own Business Programme listed, please contact us on (01) 204 7083 or to find out when the next programme is due to commence.