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Outset Cornwall - Start Your Business Sessions (Bude Area) **ONLINE**

Our Start Your Business sessions allow you to explore whether starting a business is right for you.

The eight-session programme covers:

Thursday 5th November - Session 1: Exploring Enterprise

We explore your transferable skills, experience, strengths and interests, identify any barriers you face and how to overcome them, plus we look at your ideas and ambitions for self-employment.

Thursday 12th November - Session 2: Ideas & Individuality

We look at how your individual skills, experience and interests can be used to generate ideas that you can develop into a sustainable business.

Thursday 19th November - Session 3: Your Customers & Competitors

Taking your new business idea, we look at how to effectively research your new market so you can identify who your potential customers and competitors might be and start building your target customer profile.

Thursday 26th November - Session 4: Motivation & Management

Getting a small business up and running is certainly an exciting challenge, so to keep things moving forward and avoid it becoming stressful, this session helps you start setting clear goals and building a timeline of key activities to help you develop your plans and ideas without losing momentum.

Thursday 3rd December - Session 5: Feasibility & SWOT

In this session, we examine the internal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of your business idea, together with key external factors that can affect the market your business operates in. We also take a look at your personal survival budget, and the start-up costs involved in getting your business off the ground.

Thursday 10th December – Session 6: Finance & Focus

Money can often cause huge stress and worry, so in this session we start looking at costs, budgets and your personal income requirements, so that you can gain a better understanding and start planning your self-employment future.

PLEASE NOTE: So that you can finish before the Christmas break, we'll combining your final two sessions on Thursday 17th December:

Session 7: Pricing & Pitching

Having a clear idea of how much to charge for your product or service is essential, so in this session, we look at pricing and what determines it, and how essential it is for forecasting and cash flow. We also start looking at how to communicate what your business is, who your customers are and your future plans clearly and concisely.

Session 8: Planning & Presentations

Using the feasibility document you’ve been developing over the sessions, now you get the chance to share your business idea as a “sales pitch” with your peers in a safe, friendly environment. You’ll also find out how to access advice and support after you start trading and re-connect with one of our Outset advisors, as well as our recommended next steps.

PLEASE NOTE: These workshops will take place via our online training room – all you need is a phone, laptop or tablet, with an internet connection, to join. One of our team will contact you a few days before and send you the link to use to join us.

What we ask from you:

As we are a funded project, we ask that when you sign up for our training sessions, you agree to complete 12 hours of training.

Thursday, 5 November 2020

10:00 am – 1:00 pm


Eligibility criteria apply: please contact us to find out more. If you are not eligible for this project, we will put you in touch with someone who can help.

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