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University of Leeds

Starting a Business 2: People and Networks

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

Overview

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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’.

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university. Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications.

The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.

Taught by

Dr Sally Jones

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 21 reviews

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  • Love this whole business series, So helpful and great. When taking the course, i am always well informed. They provide you with awesome printable worksheets that are super explanatory and breaks down the lesson even more so you are confident in applying the knowledge to real life.
  • Anonymous
    I dont know how I wanted to just throw caution to the wind and start a business without this information. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is thinking of starting a business. It is easy to understand and touches on things that one would not normally consider like what abilities other members of your team will bring and how all will gel together to move forward.

    I now know who to recruit and how networking is very important (both formal and informal). Thank you FutureLearn and University of Leeds for making this possible. I cannot wait to venture into the next class for more knowledge on how to start a business.
  • Anonymous
    This course is so good that any person can sit down and plan for some thing to earn a living during this Covid-19 period. And if I'm to rate this course, i will rate it 5/5 because this course opens the eyes of an individual to start a business and earn positive living.
  • Anonymous
    In this short period have been able to believe in myself and start the journey of self employment initially didn't believe I could do it until I started then applied step by step what I had learnt

    Thanks
  • Anonymous
    This course was helpful in learning how a lot about businesses and what is required to set them up, and what is necessary to maintain to keep customers happy. I would highly recommend this course
  • In my opinion, this online course is really useful for beginner. I learnt how to find people to join the team. Highly recommended!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    that is excellent course for starting a business. as i run my family business, now i can find my mistakes done by me. as being leader, no one was indicating towards my mistakes.
  • Anonymous
    Great advice and surely new ideas to take through to my business. Still looking up to companies within the same scope of business that I'm embarking on-thank you!
  • Anonymous
    This course shared about the people and network structure and I got the knowledge more than what I expected from the course. Thank you so much.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The courses provided by Leeds University are very focused, easy to understand and challenging in the tasks they set you to do. Don't think that these courses are an easy option, you have to work for yourself and be prepared to do the research, but at the end of it you can be confident that you have learned something useful.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I would recommend this course to anyone starting up a new business or anyone with plans to. Before today I simply recruited workers based on competence. I now know I must consider workers Am recruiting based on what role they can play in my team. Secondly, I have learnt that I need to refine my business network.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This is a good course if you want to start a business. I am learning so much. Although the course is supposed to take 2 hours a week I want to really take my time in learning all I can and applying it so it is taking 4-6 hours a week. I am happy with my progress in being able to start my business.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I enjoyed the class. I now have a basic understanding of building a team for my new business. Even though I am nowhere near ready to launch my business, I have a blueprint and outline to follow. Naturally, the assignments were a little more involved than the assignments in the first course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was on of the most instructive campaign that I was in to. I want to think all the teacher, who lead this course and the university too. All that I've learn won't be in vain, I will practice and teach other people because business is life. Thanks a lot.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    that is excellent course for starting a business. as i run my family business, now i can find my mistakes done by me. as being leader, no one was indicating towards my mistakes.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A very good introductory course. It helps to start you thinking about setting up and running a business and learn more about what's involved.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed the course. It was extremely helpful as it helped me to think about my business idea and steps to ensure that it is a success.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have really learnt so much especially on setting up a team and recruiting tips. Most importantly how to create new ties that will help me achieve my business goals.
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    Ayot Adhiambo completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I have really learnt so much especially on setting up a team and recruiting tips. Most importantly how to create new ties that will help me achieve my business goals.
  • Ashley Eidler completed this course.

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