Part-time courses can really help you boost your business skills, and you'd be surprised at how many business-related courses are on offer. This guide looks at the advantages of doing a part-time course and helps you decide how to choose one if you think it could help you:
A part-time course can be a really good way to work on a specific area of your business knowledge that you feel needs improvement - accounting, marketing, IT or sales strategy, for example. They're much cheaper and quicker than doing a degree or MBA, and you can choose a course whose hours and study pattern suits you. They can also be a good way to network and bounce your ideas off people in the know.
You may feel that you are weaker in a particular area of business and would like to improve. Investing in an accounting course, for example, could end up being a lot cheaper than hiring an accountant. On the other hand, you may want simply to take your business forward - marketing, PR and sales strategy courses could help you achieve this. Assess your business plan and think about the most effective way to stimulate business growth, and choose a course that supports this. Consider cost (including books you may need to buy), location, and how many hours you're able to put into studying.
Ask about short courses at your local Adult Education Centre (AEC), or any nearby business schools and universities, and speak to government initiative Train to Gain. Take a look online - www.hotcourses.com, or on the Guardian's website through its course finder. Learn Direct and the Open University offer self-study courses, which you may find suit you better if you want to study in whatever hours suit you, from home.
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