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How to Start and Run an Online Business (Level 1)

Course Overview

Small Business Start-up Course

Like any other business, starting an online business also requires a careful planning. You need to know how to plan for your online business effectively by avoiding terrible mistakes and maximising the potential of your ideas. You need to know the kind of resources you will need and how to effectively manage the available resources. Small business start up course, can really help and can provide you with all the relevant information you need to know when starting your own business. 

The course explores various topics from basics of learning how to choose your market to designing a website and developing and online marketing strategy for your new found business. The course specially suits those who have a business idea and want to run their business online.

Each unit requires an assignment to complete to ensure that you grasp the concepts thoroughly. Utilising the high quality course content on course completion you will know how to start an online business, and how to grow your business and earn profits.     

The course covers topics like; history and Benefits of Online Business, Identifying the Possibilities, Financial Projections, developing marketing Strategies, Gathering Resources, Creating a Marketing Plan, and exploring the Sales Process.

Course Syllabus

Unit 1: How Online Business can benefit you

  • History
  • Benefits of Online Business
  • Identifying the Possibilities

Unit 2: Creating a Business Plan

  • Financial Projections
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Gathering Resources
  • Creating a Marketing Plan
  • The Sales Process
  • What is Crowdfunding?

Unit 3: Building your Online Business

  • Basic Elements
  • Creating a Website
  • E-Commerce
  • Creating a Mobile Presence
  • Internet Marketing Basic 
Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Instalments: £180(Interest FREE Instalments)

Deposit: £40

No of Instalments: 10

Each Instalment: £14

Pay in Full: (£40 Discount) £140


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Brentwood Open Learning College have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 1 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Brentwood Open Learning College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

What is ABC Awards?

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Career Path

Upon completion of the course, you’ll know exactly what it takes to plan, launch and manage a successful online business. You’ll have the opportunity to choose almost any online business area in which to set up your own company – typical examples including e-commerce, web design and development, web marketing and more. Potential earnings for those who succeed are effectively limitless. 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Anyone interested in setting up a business online
  • Existing web business owners 
  • Online sellers looking to improve sales 
  • Employees interested in diversifying their career options 
  • Candidates who’d like to become their own boss  

Related Links:

Certificate in Social Media Marketing (Level 3)

Certificate in Internet Marketing (Level 1)

Course Level
Level 1

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
80 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
There are no particular entry requirements

Start Date

  • Become your own boss
  • Begin building your own business empire from home
  • Learn how to create an effective and viable business plan
  • Explore resource gathering and the basics of marketing
  • Study website design, development and mobile optimisation 

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Course Cost

£ 140

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