Starting your small business is an introductory course for anyone who has recently set up a business or anyone who is thinking of setting up a small business or becoming self-employed. The course covers topics including structures, customers and responsibilities and looks at the common features shared by successful small businesses, as well as the common pitfalls to avoid.
If you are interested in studying this course, visit the course website here.
This course is one of six free online courses that are produced in collaboration with the Social Partnerships Network. On completion of the course, you will receive a number of digital badges that you can display on your social media profiles. To check out other free courses in this collection, please visit the Social Partnerships Network badged open courses portal.
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