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Starting a Business 2: People and Networks

Find out how working with people and exploring networks can help you take your business to the next level.

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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Starting a Business 2: People and Networks

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Why join the course?

A successful business relies heavily on people and networking. A good team and wider network are essential to success and growth. Whether you have an idea for a future venture or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you to recognise the people who can help you take your business forward in both formal and informal business networks.

This course is the second in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsThis is the second course in a series of six, designed to help you on the journey of entrepreneurship. In this course, we focus on the importance of people within a business. Business success does not just rely upon the qualities and resources of the individual entrepreneur. A good business also needs good staff and links to relevant networks. We explore the importance of recruiting the right staff. We look at the different roles within a team and see how teams evolve. We also look at the networks available to help you develop your business. Through videos, activities, and quizzes, this series of business courses introduce case studies of young entrepreneurs who are already on the journey.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 seconds They share their business challenges with you and a panel of business advisers. Through discussion and activities, you have plenty of opportunity to define and work on your business plan, as well as helping others.

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What topics will you cover?

  • The importance of people, teams and networks within business
  • Roles within a team
  • Methods to develop a team
  • Formal and informal business networks
  • How to build and expand a professional network
  • The business plan: identifying people, teams and networks

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Assess the importance of people, teams and networks for business success.
  • Identify the eight types of team roles.
  • Explore the five stages of team development.
  • Discuss the entrepreneur’s business challenge: Which option should Nick select to build a high performing team?
  • Identify people and networks in a business plan.
  • Identify what skills are required.
  • Explore how you will develop your networks.

Who is the course for?

This course is part of the ‘Going to University’ collection which has been specifically designed for schools and colleges. The course can be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource or can be studied independently by students.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Sally Jones

Lecturer in Enterprise at Leeds Enterpise Centre. I really enjoy helping people to develop their ideas and their confidence to take the first steps towards starting a business.

Who developed the course?

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For £39 you’ll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose take to a course for free.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.