Thursday, 18 July 2013

Learn to start a business by distance learning

Did last night’s final of The Apprentice inspire you to think about starting your own business? A great place to learn how to start could be with a distance learning course.

Last night saw millions of people tune in to see Dr Leah Totton hired as Lord Alan Sugar’s new business partner in the The Apprentice final. Thousands applied, and over the last 12 weeks we saw 16 hopefuls battle it out in a variety of tasks to try and prove that that they are of a high enough calibre for Lord Sugar to choose them.

During the semi-final, the feared interview week, it was clear that you can have the best idea in the world, or have some fantastic skills, but if your business plan is not up to scratch you are setting yourself up to fail.

Self-employment is on the rise. Half a million people were self-employed by 2012, an increase of 10% from the previous year. There are many reasons why you might choose this path: perhaps like the hopefuls you have a great idea. Perhaps the lack of jobs has been what’s motivated you, or you want to turn what you love into a way to make your living.

New businesses are on the up, but that doesn’t mean they all stand the test of time. Many ultimately fail because despite having good ideas the execution proves poor. If you’re thinking about starting your own business but need some guidance, our Business Start-Up course could help.

The prospect of setting up a business is incredibly exciting but fraught with potential pitfalls. Our course is designed to guide you through the process, covering everything you need to know to ensure your business idea is viable and you’re prepared to launch your venture, while avoiding potential traps.

Distance learning naturally complements self-employment, as its flexibility allows you to fit your learning into and around your work commitments, and all NEC courses come with tutor support. You’ll study 12 units which comprehensively cover what you’ll need to know, from identifying viable ideas to drawing up a business plan, marketing strategies, finance, and the legal side of running your own business.

To find out more about this course, or to view our full range of tutor-supported distance learning courses and services, visit our website for further details.

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