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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.