Online learning

Our online learning tool, Outset Online, ensures that the service we deliver is accessible to everyone in the community – even if they can’t attend our workshops.

It’s the same award-winning content delivered in a user-friendly, highly interactive and social platform, encompassing over fifty hours of learning.

Our e-learning product, Outset Online, is designed to equip people from all backgrounds with the vital skills needed to run a successful business. We use it as a support tool for clients completing our workshops but it is especially suitable for clients who have barriers to accessing traditional face-to-face support, or who may require additional or more intensive support, including;

  • Those who prefer to be out of a classroom setting
  • People with physical or mental disabilities
  • Those who have caring responsibilities or health issues
  • People who can only learn at home, such as single parents with childcare difficulties
  • People who are facing redundancy
  • People who want to explore enterprise as an option while they are still in employment

Covered all areas I needed

Outset Online covered all the areas I needed, plus some I hadn’t though about. When I found something difficult to work on, I kept going, determined to stick with it and I knew that I could always phone or email the Outset team for support.
Pip Hayler
Outset Cornwall client and Outset Online user

The same award-winning content

Like our workshops, Outset Online is designed to help users navigate the essential steps of starting a business, helping them to initiate and refine their ideas, understanding their audience and competition, as well as creating strong sales, marketing and financial plans. As our clients navigate through each stage of Outset Online, they are able to put their learning into practice with a range of activities and exercises that ultimately help them construct a ready-made business plan, which can be printed off or exported as a PDF.

Most importantly, Outset Online offer an online network of mentors, advisors and other business owners that our clients can connect with in our user forums, in order to discuss any questions or ideas. This aspiring and inspiring community of entrepreneurs really helps people overcome barriers such as isolation and a lack of confidence.

Key features include:

  • More than 140 Outset videos tutorials to reinforce learning and help user consider new concepts
  • A range of online business calculators that make financial planning much easier
  • Interactive quizzes and activities that help users put their learning into practice
  • Downloadable guides and resources for helping users learn new skills
  • An online social networking community of mentors and other business owners with whom to connect and share ideas and questions

For more information, visit the Outset Online website.

I loved the videos

I really loved the high quality videos and real life case studies. The course was user friendly and setting up my business was much less daunting than I thought it would be. I particularly liked the tax videos: they were in-depth but uncomplicated and gave me just the right level of detail.
Sarah Bradley
Outset Online user