How to Organise and Plan a Small Business Operation


28 hours


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Next Intake

7 November


This course is ideal if you are thinking about starting a business. The course focuses on the basic planning processes necessary to assess and develop the viability of your business idea. The course also provides an overview of the key areas necessary to organise and operate a small business. This will help you feel more confident beginning a subcontracting career or starting your own business.

You will undertake practical exercises to develop skills and apply knowledge while demonstrating your abilities to function effectively in a business role.  You will be introduced to a broad range of business management skills associated with operating a business, which includes applying knowledge of business practices, standards and legislated obligations.

Course content

  • Preparing for self-employment
  • Business structures, associated legal requirements & taxation
  • Preparing a basic financial plan
  • Preparing a basic marketing plan
  • Operating business plans and policies
  • Occupational legislation, workplace regulations and compliance
  • Business monitoring, performance, and risk assessment
  • Employing staff and labour costs
  • Estimating and quoting
  • Cash flow forecasting and debt collection


How to enrol

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No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for this introductory course. Basic computer skills are essential.

Materials supplied

Online reading material and online course notes will be provided.

Materials to bring

You will need a computer or laptop with with wifi access.  You may also require pen and paper for note taking. A USB flash drive for transferring and storing files.

Participants will need to purchase How to organise & operate a small business in Australia - 11th Edition by John English

Suited to

  • Trade apprentices nearing completion or recently completed their qualification
  • Contractors with no formal business skills training
  • Small business owners wanting to refresh their business skills
  • Employees in a small contracting business


After completing this course, the participant will have acquired business planning tools that show them how to develop a competitive edge that will challenge the competition.

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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