Start Your Own Business

This is a 10wk ONLINE workshop series based on our increasingly popular Start Your Own Business Workshop Series. 

Start-Your-Own-Business-Photo-by-Ian-Schneider-on-Unsplash.jpgIf you want to start your own business - start right here!

These are practical accessible workshops for people starting up businesses (including being sole traders) to do or make all kinds of things and for people who have all kinds of backgrounds.

All the workshop topics are linked. From our track record confidence, motivation and knowledge are all improved. Explanations are clear. There is question and answer time. All workshops get people taking actions to move their ideas forward. The finance and tax workshops are especially beneficial and successful – it is often the part that seems scary to people and can therefore be glossed over or pushed away for another day!

You can REGISTER your FREE place now from the left slide out panel. This is toggled by the 'BOOK NOW' link in the top menu. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

You can book all of the workshops in this series at once or select individual workshops you can attend. 

  • You and your idea/s
  • Marketing & Branding essentials
  • Marketing methods & social media
  • Getting & keeping customers
  • Status essentials & HMRC
  • Expenses & finance timelines
  • Costs and pricing
  • Legal requirements
  • Planning and routines for success
  • Presentation and confidence in business

Price: FREE

REGISTER your interest in a FREE place now from the left slide out panel. This is toggled by the 'BOOK NOW' link in the top menu. 

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.



Here are key points of what you will get from each workshop:

You and your idea/s

  • Be more motivated to succeed
  • Know the relevant strengths and weaknesses you have
  • Be clearer on your business idea/s and what they mean to customers
  • Understand the reality of business planning

Price: FREE


READING (ZOOM): Thu, 20 May 2021 10:00

Marketing & Branding Essentials

  • Know how to describe your product or service clearly

Price: FREE


READING (ZOOM): Thu, 27 May 2021 10:00

Marketing Methods & Social Media

  • Know about websites/ social media and what’s best to use

Price: FREE


READING (ZOOM): Thu, 03 Jun 2021 10:00

Getting & Keeping Customers

  • Be more confident with where you are going
  • Identify clearly who your customers/ clients will be and why

Price: FREE


READING (ZOOM): Thu, 10 Jun 2021 10:00

Status Essentials & HMRC

  • Have more knowledge about what you must manage
  • Know the differences in status you can use and why

Price: FREE


READING (ZOOM): Thu, 17 Jun 2021 10:00

Expenses & Finance Timelines

  • Know the tax system and expenses that matter to you
  • Think through realities of money when you start up

Price: FREE


READING (ZOOM): Thu, 24 Jun 2021 10:00

Costs & Pricing

  • Know how to price your product/ service accurately
  • Have simple sales techniques you can use
  • Plan clearly how you will make real money

Price: FREE


READING (ZOOM): Thu, 01 Jul 2021 10:00

Legal Requirements

  • Be confidently aware of what you have to do
  • Have a plan of when things must be done

Price: FREE


READING (ZOOM): Thu, 08 Jul 2021 10:00

Planning & Routines for Success

  • Have strategies to manage your time well
  • Plan where you will work from to be efficient and productive

Price: FREE


READING (ZOOM): Thu, 15 Jul 2021 10:00

Planning & Presentation for Success

  • Have a clear sense of direction of next steps
  • Practice how you clearly present what you will do
  • Know useful decision making and planning tools
  • Bring the learning from all workshops to a useable plan

Price: FREE


READING (ZOOM): Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:00

Where can I attend these workshops?



WHEN: Workshops run from 10:00am – 11:30am

WHERE: These workshops are held online via Zoom. You will not need to download any software to take part. You will simply need access to the internet via a computer.

Supported by Reading Council

Shaping Reading's Future