So you have an idea for a small business? Starting a business is exciting but it can also be overwhelming, which is why it’s important to have the skills and knowledge to turn that idea into a successful reality.
The Certificate of Small Business (Start-Up) is an online professional development program that will provide you with the skills and knowledge to launch your new business and achieve your business goals.
In this online small business course you will learn how to analyse the feasibility of a business idea or the health of your existing business and discover the operational elements of managing a small business.
You will learn how to undertake small business planning, including profiling the market and planning small business finance and marketing. You will also discover a range of business management planning tools and strategies, including how to develop a business plan for your existing or new small business.
On completion of this course you will feel confident to get your small business off the ground for the best chance of success.
Unit 1 - Plan small business finances
Financial cost analysis
Costs and profit margin
Direct and indirect costs
Job and process costing
Double entry accounting
Sales & marketing plans
Working capital requirements
Working capital ratio
Buying and depreciation
Licensing and leasing
Preparing a sales forecast
Budget types and targets
Overdraft / line of credit
Unit 2- Profile the market
Segment the market
The value of segmentation
Factor and cluster analysis
Time series analysis
Profile target audience
Product life cycles
Past market performance
Sales and profit data
World wide web positioning
Unit 3 - Establish networks
Pursue network opportunities
Communicate new networks to colleagues
Effective networking activities
Professional networks and associations
Effective listening skills
Collaborative problem-solving skills
Group decision making
Network contact problems
Promote the relationship
Promote interests and requirements
Goals and objectives
Policies and practices
Business communication paragraph
Presenting written information
Improve promotional activities
Unit 4 - Undertake small business planning
Elements of business plan
Purpose of business plan
Products / services
Goals and objectives
Developing a business plan
Work health and safety
Employers / employees
Costs of finance
Leasing and hire purchase
Promoting market exposure
Risk management planning
Unit 5- Market the small business
Key products and services
Product / services features
Product volumes and pricing
Customer service levels
Platforms and technologies
Setting new targets
New business opportunities
Unit 6 - Review and maintain a website
Review website content
Analyse customer feedback
Collect website data
Content Management Systems (CMS)
Unit 7 - Investigate micro business opportunities
Good information sources
List ideas and opportunities
Skills of owner / operator
Research alternative business ideas
List products and services
Product / service features
Research potential customer information
Digital technology skills
Market size and potential
Ethical and cultural requirements
New and emerging markets
Sources of inspiration
Investigate new business opportunities
Market growth or decline
Force field analysis
Factors affecting the market
Economic market activity
Labour force changes
Trends and developments
Unit 8 - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
Business legal requirements
Compliance flow chart
Capital depreciation and gains
Maintain legal documents
Products and services
Contractual procurement rights
Leasing a premises
Buying a premises
Internal and external risks
Impact of risk
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 120 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $400.00. Printed materials are optional and not required to complete the course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.