Entrepreneurship: How to Start Your Own Business Short Course2022-03-30T06:58:05+02:00

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Entrepreneurship: How to Start Your Own Business

Develop the practical knowledge to start your own business, from conceptualisation right through to growing your business or even moving it online.

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Course curriculm

This short course will teach you everything you need to start, run, and scale your business, no matter how big or small your venture might be. You will develop the ultimate entrepreneurial expertise to turn any idea into a lucrative business. This course contains 12 substantive units and includes a learning plan, with weekly schedules, to keep your studies on track.

The curriculum covers essential topics from developing business, marketing, and sales strategies to managing your finances, staff, and operations. You will walk away with everything you need to grow a sustainable business.

  • Unit 1: Getting Out of the Starting Blocks
  • Unit 2: Forming a Business
  • Unit 3: Developing Products and Services
  • Unit 4: Spreading the Word
  • Unit 5: Selling 
  • Unit 6: Cash is King
  • Unit 7: It is in the Numbers
  • Unit 8: Building a Team
  • Unit 9: Making it Run Smoothly
  • Unit 10: Boring but Important Stuff
  • Unit 11: Growing the Business 
  • Unit 12 Online Start-ups

From developing your ideas to administering your business and assessing growth opportunities, you will have everything you need to take your next step. On completion of this course you will be able to: 

  1. Design a business plan, start-up model and business pitch.
  2. Select an appropriate business form and design a product or service offering.
  3. Prepare a marketing and sales strategy and plan along with managing the business finances and developing strategies to manage employees.
  4. Managing systems and admin processes and operations such as physical premises, IT, suppliers and inventory to maximise profits.
  5. Discuss the important factors to consider when growing a business; and assess possible opportunities to grow the business online.   

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Course summary

  • Certificate type:
    Short Course Certificate

  • Course Duration:
    15 weeks

  • Study method:
    Fully Online

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Step 1: Enquire

  • Complete website contact form
  • Speak to Enrolment Consultant
  • Complete application

Step 2: Register

  • Submit documentation
  • Pay your fees

  • Recieve your student number

Step 3: Start

  • Access iCan (Student portal)
  • Complete orientation week

  • Engage with your lecturer

When can I start?

Our Short Courses are administered in various intakes throughout the year. Enrol for a date that suits you, download our 2022 intake schedule to see when the next cohort starts.

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  • Fully online mobile-friendly learning
  • Online and downloadable course material
  • Teaching and learning support from specialised course lecturers
  • Master your studies from our cutting-edge interactive student portal, iCan
  • Grade 12 (Standard 10) or NQF 4 equivalent
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Alternate admission is possible on the basis of Mature Age exemption (23 years and older)
  • Ability to read and write in English, which is the language of instruction
  • Students should also possess a basic level of digital literacy skills
  • A PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • An active email account
  • At least 1GB of data per month for online studies

Course fees

At iQ Academy we understand that education is an investment and that’s why we offer flexible payment options to suit most working individuals. You can pay your fees in various monthly instalment plans or in full on enrolment.

Full course fee

  • Pay the course fee upon enrolment as a once of cost.

Monthly instalments from

  • Terms: 6,9,12,15 or 18 months. Deposit subject to affordability.
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What do your course fees include?

Once you have completed your course and met all the qualifying criteria you will receive a Short Course Certificate from iQ Academy. Your Certificate is printed and couriered to you free of charge!

All your learning material is included in the course fee, whether you pay in instalments or upfront. There are no hidden costs, the only additional fees that may be charged are remarking or repeat registrations.

Your course lecturer provides all the academic support you need to successfully complete your course.

Enjoy a learning plan that maps out your study schedule each week, and includes live Microsoft Teams sessions with your lecturer and fellow students.

Your online student portal to master your studies, connect with your lecturer and fellow students.

Get access to our wide range of DO Life online micro-courses and grow your everyday life skills on the go.


Apply to study with iQ Academy

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Entrepreneurship: FAQ’s

Starting your own business can be a stressful decision, it requires a lot of work, time and money. On top of that, you need to formulate strategies focused on generating long-term return on investment. Without the right toolkit, you might be left feeling like you just can’t leave the starting blocks. This course will teach you everything you need to know about starting your own business, from ideation to growth.

This course is intended for people that want to start their own business but don’t know where to begin or how to ensure their new venture is a success. If you have already started your own business this course can also be of value by helping you understand how to effectively administer and manage all areas of your venture, and scale it for long-term growth.

On completion of this course, you will earn an industry-ready certificate that will empower you to explore exciting career directions such as:

  • Business owner
  • Business consultant
  • Research and business development consultant
  • Sales and Marketing Manager

Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page for more info.


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