Self-employment, small business courses and creative careers 

Turn a passion into profit with our range of courses aimed to help you start your own business and run it successfully.  Find freedom in being your own boss and get the knowledge you need to start out on your own. 

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What you need to know as a small business owner

We offer marketing courses for small businesses, courses to help you balance the books and to get your own company started.  

Creative courses

Turn your hand to something creative by learning a skill that can lead to self-employment or work in a small business.   

We run courses in sewing, dressmaking and garment making. We also run courses in nail service, hair and beauty. Our creative crafts awards can also lead to paid work. 

Challenges and opportunities

We’ll help you understand the challenges and opportunities of freelancing or how you can apply your skills to get a job in a small business. From taster courses to full qualifications, there is something for everybody. 

Grow your interest into a business and make the most of your opportunities. 

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Buying & Selling online ( to go with Cooking at Nunsmoor )

Introduction to Buying and Selling Homemade Food Online is an educational course designed to empower aspiring culinary entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills necessary to start their own home-based food business. This course covers a comprehensive range of topics, including food safety regulations, recipe development, pricing strategies, marketing and branding, e-commerce platforms, and customer service. Participants will gain a deep understanding of legal requirements, such as permits and licenses, as well as best practices for packaging and delivery. Whether you're a passionate home cook seeking to monetize your skills or an established food artisan looking to expand your online presence, this course offers a step-by-step guide to successfully navigate the world of selling homemade food online.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 05/03/2024 -
Tue 05/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Nunsmoor Centre (Newcastle Upon Tyne)
Studley Terrace
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE4 5PA
Tutor:
Rupa Marwaha
Course code:
Q00012446
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Buying and Selling Online

Introduction to Buying and Selling Homemade Food Online is an educational course designed to empower aspiring culinary entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills necessary to start their own home-based food business. This course covers a comprehensive range of topics, including food safety regulations, recipe development, pricing strategies, marketing and branding, e-commerce platforms, and customer service. Participants will gain a deep understanding of legal requirements, such as permits and licenses, as well as best practices for packaging and delivery. Whether you're a passionate home cook seeking to monetize your skills or an established food artisan looking to expand your online presence, this course offers a step-by-step guide to successfully navigate the world of selling homemade food online.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 08/03/2024 -
Fri 08/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Westgate Hill Primary School (Newcastle
Beaconsfield Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 5JN
Tutor:
Rupa Marwaha
Course code:
Q00012342
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.50

Buying and Selling Online

Selling things you no longer need is a great way to earn a bit of extra cash and declutter your home. Nowadays, there are so many simple, easy-to-use platforms for buying and selling online that it’s never been easier to set up an online shop. This course is ideal for you if you want to learn digital skills to buy and sell online. It’s aimed at beginners and improvers so don’t worry if it’s new to you. Whether you want to start a business or declutter your home, selling online is a quick and easy way to do it.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 21/03/2024 -
Thu 21/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Ocean Road Community Association (South
Ocean Road
South Shields
NE33 2DW
Tutor:
Anila Maqbool
Course code:
Q00012477
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.80

Buying and Selling Online

Selling things you no longer need is a great way to earn a bit of extra cash and declutter your home. Nowadays, there are so many simple, easy-to-use platforms for buying and selling online that it’s never been easier to set up an online shop. This course is ideal for you if you want to learn digital skills to buy and sell online. It’s aimed at beginners and improvers so don’t worry if it’s new to you. Whether you want to start a business or declutter your home, selling online is a quick and easy way to do it.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 27/03/2024 -
Wed 27/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
WHIST (South Shields)
Salus House
33 Mile end Road
South Shields
NE33 1TA
Tutor:
Jayne Liddle
Course code:
Q00012838
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

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Multiply: Start Your Own Small Business (Norfolk)

THIS IS A FREE 'MULTIPLY' COURSE FOR NORFOLK RESIDENTS ONLY Starting your small business is an introductory course for anyone who is considering setting up a small or micro-business or is considering self-employment as a career option. If you are looking at this course because you are considering working for yourself in some capacity, you will find lots of interesting information. If you have a small business in mind or want to become self-employed, this course will answer your initial questions and help you to focus on the most important aspects of this ambitious and exciting endeavour. Some activities ask you to think about a business you are planning to start, but if you do not have a business in mind, you can consider any potential business for the exercises.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Wed 01/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Tutor:
Chris George
Course code:
Q00013004
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free



The courses below have already started, but are still available to book.

Buying and Selling Online

Selling things you no longer need is a great way to earn a bit of extra cash and declutter your home. Nowadays, there are so many simple, easy-to-use platforms for buying and selling online that it’s never been easier to set up an online shop. This course is ideal for you if you want to learn digital skills to buy and sell online. It’s aimed at beginners and improvers so don’t worry if it’s new to you. Whether you want to start a business or declutter your home, selling online is a quick and easy way to do it.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Mon 26/02/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Face of Beauty Training
66 Westoe Road
South Shields
NE33 4LU
Tutor:
Tracey Carver
Course code:
Q00012364
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £12.60