Be Your Own Boss; Inspiring Self-Employment

One of the major initiatives of Positive People has been our ‘Be Your Own Boss’ self-employment course. In areas of Devon where both skilled and unskilled work is in short supply, small businesses and sole traders make up for much of the local economy, so the gig economy and self-employment makes up for a huge amount of the sector. There are plenty of individuals with great ideas but who aren’t sure or confident enough to transfer their knowledge into a workable business plan, and everything starting up a new enterprise entails.

We offer a 3 day course teaching all the basics involved in starting up a business, with additional support and services available afterwards. It’s an ideal course for anyone who’s toying with the concept of being their own boss (it’s all in the name!) and making their own money. As business is a dry subject in general, our unique training approaches try to make it as entertaining and informative as possible.

With practical sessions such as writing a business plan for someone who has absolutely no idea about what you would like to do, and creative elements such as coming up with an outlandish digital marketing strategy for a fishing net, right through to informative lessons on the best way to fund your business, all of the most important elements are covered. Participants leave the course with an information pack and access to some excellent external support services, such as a graphic designer who will help design their logo and a web designer who will put together a website they can use to attract business.

We’ve already seen some great results from the courses we’ve run, with a wide array of businesses operational across Devon. Landscape gardening, bicycle repair, consultancy and marketing and confectionary are just some of the industries our participants have entered using the ‘Be Your Own Boss’ course as a base.

The future’s positive for self-employment and so are we. We’re aiming to run a new self-employment course once every 2 months all over Devon, so if you’re interested, get in touch with a Change Coach as soon as you can!