Setting Up on Your Own as a Freelancer or Consultant

This workshop is intended for anyone who has or wishes to set up as a consultant or a service business, using a specialism or experience gained in employment. The aim of the course is to develop a range of key skills required to successfully start a new consultancy or service business.

Course Content

As you plan your consultancy or service business, you will learn about:

How to define your unique offer and potential target customer group(s)
The ingredients needed to start a successful consultancy or service business
Considering the differences and pros and cons of the change in the work situation
Identifying as required possible funding options and sources of professional advice and support as well as useful networks
Setting achievable time-bound business objectives and how to achieve them
Various marketing techniques including use of social media
Financial planning including resources needed, cash flow forecast , forecasting sales and pricing
Different legal setups for businesses, registration and taxation/ NI situation for each
How to prepare and develop a useful business plan as well as guided assistance on completing your own outline including financial sections.

Entry Requirements

Attendees should have a good idea of the type of consultancy/specialism they would like to offer.

First Class Requirements

Pen and paper

Attendance Requirements

The college offers a range of startup training courses. These include courses in finance, marketing and PR, e-commerce and web design, social media, search engine optimization, HR and regulation. Contact for further information

Assessment Methods

There is no formal qualification associated with this course. However the tutor will set learning activities as part of the learners? development on this programme.

Additional Information

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For information on course fees and how to get additional help to pay for them look at our How to Pay for Your Course section.