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Online Business: Planning for Success

Take your online business from ideation to implementation with one of four courses in the Online Business Success program.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Online Business: Planning for Success

This course is part of the Online Business Success program, which will enable you to launch, market and run your own successful online business.

Why join the course?

This free online course focuses on the planning phase of starting a small online business and will introduce what you need to do for clarity and action.

Understand online business and e-commerce

With so many ways to operate online, it is important that you understand what your business is and where it fits in. We’ll take you through the differences between various forms of online business models, to help you decide the best direction.

We will help you develop a business plan or business model canvas to focus your thinking on the best opportunities for your online business. You will understand how to use primary and secondary research to identify your most valuable customer.

By the end of the course, you will be ready to:

  • refine your idea;
  • identify your positioning;
  • develop your pitch;
  • create a business plan;
  • and prepare for implementation

Get expert online business advice

This course is one of four in the Online Business Success program from RMIT University. On every course, you will be guided by academics from the College of Business and the Business Enterprise Unit. Plus you’ll hear from successful online entrepreneurs about how they planned their online business.

Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsPlanning for Success is one of four courses that is part of the Online Business Success Program. In this course, we focus on developing vital business planning skills. This will enable you to define what your business is and how to succeed in today's competitive, online market. Through informative videos, you will hear from experienced academic leaders, as well as entrepreneurs who share their journeys in developing a successful online business. Throughout this course, you will follow Jordan and her desire to start her own online business. You will engage in discussions with other learners, collaborate, and help Jordan on her journey through business planning. Engaging interactive activities will help you to learn how to plan, pitch, prepare, and implement your business concept.

Skip to 1 minute and 3 seconds Join the community of business entrepreneurs and take the next step in planning your own online business.

What topics will you cover?

  • The many different forms of e-commerce and online small business
  • The qualities that an online entrepreneur need to possess to operate specifically in an online environment
  • Customer profiling techniques and how creating a customer persona can identify potential customers
  • The types of business planning tools available to use for business planning
  • External and internal factors that can affect online businesses
  • The analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats while planning an online business
  • The regulations and insurances which online businesses must operate within globally
  • The effect that ethical and social responsibility has on a company’s image and values
  • The comparison between e-commerce platforms and the role payment gateways play in the consumer online shopping experience

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Identify the value proposition in the online market place by comparing current market competition and trends
  • Develop a pitch by drawing upon a business idea and goals
  • Compare between the variety of online platforms and payment gateways to suit a specific business requirement or need
  • Apply business planning tools, including the business model canvas and business plan, to analyse and investigate the requirements needed to start an online business

Who is the course for?

This course is targeted at learners who are considering setting up an online business and wish to understand the planning processes involved in starting an online business, through listening to others who have gone through this process, learning theory and activities.

Who will you learn with?

Brett Stavenuiter

Brett Stavenuiter is an entrepreneur, business owner and business consultant with 25 years experience assisting over 5000 successful entrepreneurial business start ups in Australia and Indonesia.

Who developed the course?

One of Australia’s original tertiary institutions, RMIT is a global university, with over 80,000 students, specialising in technology, design and enterprise.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £69.00

Statement of Participation £39.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.