starting a small business

If you want to give yourself the best chance to succeed in a new business, this course is for you.

This course from the Garden Design Academy aims to make sure your business is one of the successful ones!. You not only learn how to start a business, but under the guidance of a professional business expert, you plan and initiate development of a business venture.

There are two parts to the course:

In the first part you learn about how to run a business.

You then either start a business (this may be very small, or larger), or review the running of an established business. Over several lessons your tutor guides you through several stages to assess, analyze and improve operations in this "real life situation".

Twelve lessons cover marketing, planning, budgeting, reviewing progress, improving profit and more.

As with all our courses, study papers are provided on a CD, in total involving approximately 100 hours of work. Each lesson ends with an assignment. These are sent to the Academy for marking and are returned to you with comments and suggestions.

You will be working with Colin Elliott, an experienced professional horticulturist and horticultural business manager.

How to Succeed in Business 

Studying this course is an excellent starting point; but study alone doesn'tg ensure success in business or a career.

  • Network!  Who you know can be just as important as what you know -so we make a point throughout this course of helping you build contacts. We show you how to network, we encourage you to network, and we build networking into your assignments and set tasks.
  • Become a Problem Solver!  Knowing how to find information and solve problems is also critical to the success of any business; and again, we have designed this course to nurture these skills.
  • Go Beyond the Information!  Studying is about more than just accumalating information.... you need to learn what to do with the information you gather.
  • Take Calculated Risks!  There is always a risk in business; but with the right choices and careful planning, risk is relatively small.
  • Select Viable Products and Get to Know the Product before Launching. Don't make the mistake of deciding what you want to sell before you understand the world of business -that is putting the cart before the horse.

Some schools emphasise the learning of factual information; and assessing your retention of that information. At the Academy we feel that approach is very little different to buying and using a book. If that is all you want, this is not the course for you. This course is for people who want something more; something that will make a difference to you chance of business success.

Course content:

  1. Introduction to Small Business
    Types of business and communication, types of language, office equipment.
  2. The Business World
    Consultancy services, law and business, the landscape industry, business letters, communication systems.
  3. Your alternatives - different types of ventures
    Buying and starting a business.
  4. Marketing
    What is involved in marketing, advertising, selling, communication.
  5. Planning
    Organising and planning to ensure the success of the business.
  6. Basic Bookkeeping
    Financial statements, balance sheet, profit and loss statement,insurance.
  7. Sales Methods
    Selling, sales method, telephone canvassing.
  8. Budgeting
    Assets and liabilities.
  9. Developing a 12 month business plan
    Protection, planning and production.
  10. Implementing a business plan
    Communication with employees, planning the development of the business.
  11. Reviewing progress in a new business
    Research, evaluate and decide on business plan updates.
  12. Improving profitability
    Increase profit and reduce expenditure.

All small business owners start off optimistically, believing that their business venture will lead to financial success and security. Studying with the Academy aims to increase your chances of achieving exactly this.

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Course cost: £ 330.00 (single payment)

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