Start and Manage a Small Business online short course

Course starts in 4 days (Still accepting late registrations)

Course information

Registration Closes:
24 January 2020
Course Starts:
30 January 2020
9 weeks online
7 - 10 hours per week, entirely online
ZAR R13,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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Professionals often enter the world of entrepreneurship with limited knowledge on how to start a small business - which could explain why a high percentage of startups fail in their early years.

If you’re a budding entrepreneur wondering how to start a small business, first consider equipping yourself with the skills and tools needed to successfully manage a business in the South African context by taking an entrepreneurship course from UCT. In just 9 weeks, this course in how to manage a business, guides you through conceptualising a new business idea, to making your first sale and sustaining the growth of your enterprise.

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What will set you apart

This UCT online entrepreneurship short course will teach you how to start a small business by giving you the confidence to:

  • Generate and identify new business opportunities to capitalise on
  • Navigate the minefield of legal requirements for starting a business in South Africa
  • Develop a business plan that is best suited to your specific form of organisation
  • Understand the cornerstone of how to start a small business: accurate financial management

Course curriculum

This online short course in how to start a small business is designed to give you the flexibility to work when it suits you. You’ll receive continued support and guidance from an expert tutor and your Success Manager as you progress through the weekly modules in your own time.

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Introduction to the small business environment
  • Course Module 2: Identifying new business opportunities
  • Course Module 3: The legal environment
  • Course Module 4: Business planning
  • Course Module 5: Financing decisions
  • Course Module 6: Financial management
  • Course Module 7: Human resources
  • Course Module 8: Effective marketing for small businesses
  • Course Module 9: Management and growth

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town as recognition of the workplace-ready competencies you’ve developed over the 9 weeks of this online entrepreneurship short course, and use it to set yourself apart as a confident professional.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts in 4 days. (Still accepting late registrations)

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.