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Outset Online

Outset Online is our interactive online learning platform that offers resources and tools to support you on your business start-up journey.

Through a unique combination of video tutorials, online tools, interactive activities, downloadable resources and user forums, Outset Online complements your learning, allowing you to reinforce your skills at home and go over things at your own pace.

Outset Online is designed to help you navigate the essential steps of starting a business: initiating and refining your ideas, understanding your audience and your competition and helping you develop strong sales, marketing and financial plans.

Outset Online is divided into two core stages – ‘Introduction to Enterprise’ and ‘Business Start Up’ – and as you navigate through each stage, you can put your learning into practice with a range of activities and exercises that help you construct a ready-made business plan.

Outset Online also includes an online network of mentors, advisors and other business owners that you can connect with in our user chat rooms and discuss any questions or ideas.

Get 12 month’s access to Outset Online for just £85+ VAT. Sign up now to get started >>

Turn your idea into a
successful business

Whether it’s about pursuing a passion, taking control of your life, supporting you family or trying something new, Outset Online gives you the tools to turn your idea into a strong, sustainable and successful business.

Learn from home,
at your own pace

Outset Online is designed to be flexible so you don’t have to be. No matter what pressures are on your time or mobility, you can still get essential business support anywhere, anytime – you just need access to the internet.

Connect with others in our
online community

Our user forums are filled with other business owners plus a range of mentors and advisors with whom you can brainstorm, network, trade stories and seek advice as you progress through your business journey.

Build your business plan

By completing a range of activities as you work through each stage, you’ll create an exportable business plan that you can use to guide your decisions, apply for finance or track the progress of your business as you go.

Videos, tools and online calculators

We have over 140 video tutorials that help you navigate each stage of starting a business, plus a range of useful online calculators and tools that take the pain out of planning and managing your business finances.

Create your own user profile

When you login to Outset Online, you can create a user profile in which you can share as much or as little information about you and your business as you like, helping you network with other people on the platform.

Watch our videos to see how it works:

Stage 1: ‘Introduction to Enterprise’

The first stage of Outset Online is all about helping you decide whether starting a business is really for you. We provide a basic understanding of business principles like start-up costs, how to conduct market research and why it’s so important, and tips for identifying who your customers are. We also include some personal development advice and theory. We try to help you figure out what your strengths are to support you in making the most of the opportunities around you.

‘Introduction to Enterprise’ is broken down into eight key steps, most of which ask you to complete an activity to put your learning into practice. Key topics covered in this stage include:

  • Your business idea
  • Benefits of and barriers
  • Your skills
  • Customers and competitors
  • Time management
  • Goal setting
  • Motivation
  • Money and budgets
  • Stress management
  • Decision making

Get 12 month’s access to Outset Online for just £85+ VAT. Sign up now to get started >>

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Stage 2: ‘Business Start Up’

The second stage of Outset Online is a more intensive stage that focuses on core business principles that require a little bit more effort to complete. We’ve stepped up the tone and focus here in order to build upon the basic principles we covered in ‘Introduction to Enterprise’.

This is where we get down to the nitty-gritty of business planning, including how to structure your company, tax advice, financial spreadsheets and how to price your product or service. By completing the steps included in this stage, you will automatically build yourself a business plan, which you can later print or export as a PDF – something you’ll need if you’re planning on applying for a Start Up Loan or other finance.

‘Business Start Up’ also has eight key steps and gives you access to our bespoke spreadsheet calculator tool which makes planning your finances so much easier! Key topics covered in this stage include:

  • Business structures
  • Steps to starting your business
  • What’s in a brand?
  • Mission, vision and unique selling points
  • Pricing your product or service
  • Marketing, promotion and communications
  • Sales techniques and closing the deal
  • Social media
  • Costs, value and cash flow
  • The bottom line

Get 12 month’s access to Outset Online for just £85+ VAT. Sign up now to get started >>