Business Start Up For Creatives (Online)
Online courses occur as 1.5 hour live sessions, during which time you will interact with your tutor, classmates and course content using in-built audio and video chat, instant messaging and the virtual work display area.
If you have creative skills and ideas that could create value for customers, or you dream of the freedom and independence that comes from running your own small business, then this course will help you develop a realistic plan based on the value that your unique talents can create...
Taught by: Julia Goga-Cooke.
If you have creative skills and ideas that could create value for customers, or you dream of the freedom and independence that comes from running your own small business, then this course will help you develop a realistic plan based on the value that your unique talents can create.
The course is designed with creative professionals in mind, and Julia Goga-Cooke has helped over 30 creative businesses get off the ground through her start-up accelerator programmes, as well as running a fashion incubator programme. She will help you think through the risks and the challenges you are likely to face, so that you can make informed decisions about your business plan.
The course will lead you through the intersection of the lean startup and design thinking, focused on creative industries, and by the end of the course you will have tested and validated business concept, and have practiced pitching your concept to others.
This is a course for anyone interested in starting a business. You will probably be an expert in your field of work, but may be new to entrepreneurship.
Week 1 – You as a Founder
Discuss the key roles of the founder, and use tools to discover and discuss your abilities and competencies, and the founder role that will suit you best.
Week 2 – Your Offer and Value
Develop your core value proposition, evaluate it for clarity, and discuss how to validate demand for your idea.
Week 3 – Your Market
Learn how to realistically define your market, and how to plan a phased approach to market entry.
Week 4 – Your Target Customer
Develop personas for your customers, to uncover their needs and design a more tailored proposition.
Week 5 – Your Resources
Learn how to properly cost your plans, and estimate the resources required to reach key business milestones.
Week 6 – Your Money
You will learn how to set prices, prepare cashflow forecasts, and look at sources of funding to support your business.
Week 7 – How to Pitch
This session covers the essential elements of a business pitch, and how to tailor your presentation to different audiences.
Week 8 – Pitch Week!
In the final week, you will pitch your business to your peers and to Julia, and get valuable feedback which will set you up for your next step – pitching your business for real!
By the end of the course, you will have discussed and evaluated all the core elements of your business plan, and will have a received extensive feedback on your business ideas. You will have a more clearly defined value proposition, which is based on a better understanding of your customers needs, and your strengths as a founder, and you will be ready to take your idea forward, and pitch to customers and potential funders.
Who Should Attend
Anyone who is interested in starting a creative business, or who has recently started out.
Why choose a CSM Online Learning Short Course?
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience Central Saint Martins wherever you are in the world. The real-time chat sessions are fully interactive allowing you to communicate easily with the tutor at the same time as fellow students. You will participate in the live classes each week and you will undertake weekly assignments to be completed in your own time.
Please make sure you are available to participate in the live online chat sessions which are run to UK time.
All online learning courses include weekly chat sessions with your tutor and other students on the course, which are conducted through an interactive seminar (called Blackboard Collaborate). The chat sessions will include text and voice/video chat, as well as an opportunity to 'share' your tutor's desktop so that s/he can navigate you through websites, PowerPoint presentations and other work. These sessions are essential to attend each week, so please check the times of the course when you book and take into account any local time differences.
You may also be required to undertake weekly assignments between sessions. These will be housed on our Workflow website, along with additional resources and discussion forums which can be used to interact with fellow students in between classes. You may be expected to dedicate between one - two hours a week to these self-study projects. A full technical specification is listed in 'Materials'.
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
None, but you must be able to commit at least 2-3 hours per week for homework each week, in addition to lesson time.