Setting up a new business can be tough, but Solihull College & University Centre is offering a free helping hand to those in search of a bit of support.
Mature student Richard Newell was one of the first students to study on the College’s new Business Start-Up Distance Learning course.
Richard is in the process of setting up his business as a freelance copywriter. He explains why now was a good time for him: “I am currently on a sabbatical and having a look at career change options. I’ve used my spare time to research and learn in-demand skills, such as copywriting and data skills.”
He explains how the distance learning course has helped him get started: “It’s given me great awareness and understanding of different aspects of business, as well as fresh ideas on topics I already knew about. It also made me think about areas I hadn’t yet considered.
“If anyone is thinking of starting a business, I would recommend this course. It provides a great understanding of all the necessary building blocks required. It even gives guidance on ideas of what your business could be. The tutor support and feedback is invaluable.”
Distance Learning Co-Ordinator at the College, Fiona Cameron, comments: “We all know how hard it is to set up on your own. This course is there for people seeking the skills and knowledge to develop a business start-up. Marketing, legal and financial requirements form part of the course along with understanding of how to write a business plan.”
Richard’s business is called Perception Copywriting. He is planning on targeting new local businesses and SMEs to help promote, establish and enhance their brand identity by creating persuasive copy and engaging content. The College wishes Richard all the best with his new business and future endeavours.