Small-Business Finance

Supportive Resource for Self-Employed Business Owners

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Learn How To Be Self Employed

This course is designed to provide ongoing support to those who are self-employed, work as a freelancer or are thinking of starting their own business. It is ideal for wellness professionals who want to work for themselves but are worried about the financial risk of being self-employed. This course will help you get started and also act as a supportive resource you can refer back to as your business venture grows.

  • 80 Guided Learning Hours
    80 Guided Learning Hours
  • 9 Units
    9 Units
  • 100% Online
    100% Online

Course overview

Have you considered starting your own business or stepping out as a self-employed professional? If the financial aspect of going it alone is what’s putting you off, this Small Business Finance course is exactly what you need.

Within this course you will learn when it makes sense to become self-employed, and how to navigate the journey in becoming a business owner. We'll walk you through everything that’s required to set up a business, from how it should be structured, to tax liabilities, budgeting and reporting, fundraising and more. We'll tech you the common mistakes that business owners make and how to avoid the issues that often lead to business failure (such as cashfow!).

The course begins by helping you decide the best business structure for you (sole trader, limited company, partnerhsip etc) and then progresses to cover areas you are guaranteed to face as your business evolves.

Key topics covered in this course:
  • Setting up a business
  • Tax
  • Creating a business plan
  • Creating a budget
  • Financial reporting
  • Using data and KPIs
  • Raising investment

You can find out more detailed information about the course contents, team and potential career opportunities in the tabs above. Or alternatively, register your interest on the form below and we will send you further information.

What sets us apart from other training providers is that all our courses are developed by industry experts. You will be taught through a combination of written materials, interactive learning elements and supportive resources which help teach important information in an engaging and fun way. 

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We have broken this course into 9 seperate units:

Unit 1: Introduction to Self-Employment

  1. Getting started
  2. Going self-employed
  3. Things to be aware of

Unit 2: Business Structure

  1. Sole trader vs Ltd company vs partnership
  2. Operating as a sole trader
  3. Operating as a partnership
  4. Operating as a Limited company
  5. What type of company is best for you?
  6. Comprehensive guide to registering your Limited Company
  7. Opening a bank account

Unit 3: Tax

  1. Tax years explained
  2. Personal tax
  3. Self-assessment tax returns
  4. Corporation tax
  5. Extracting company profits from a limited company
  6. VAT
  7. Cash for taxes
  8. Penalties and organisation

Unit 4: Basics of Financial Information

  1. Introduction to financial terms
  2. Income
  3. Expenses
  4. Profit
  5. The basics of bookkeeping and double entry
  6. Creating your financial documents
  7. VAT account
  8. Depreciation
  9. Top tips for software
  10. Filing your accounts

Unit 5: Financial Reporting

  1. Ways to report and track your business
  2. Understanding your P&L
  3. Understanding your balance sheet
  4. Building a cash flow model
  5. Cash is king but what to do with it?
  6. Building a reporting structure
  7. Outcomes

Unit 6: Planning and Forecasting

  1. Business plans
  2. Budgets
  3. Assumptions
  4. Modelling
  5. Diversifying income and resilience

Unit 7: Data for Success

  1. KPI’s
  2. External data
  3. Revenue opportunities
  4. Efficiencies and savings

Unit 8: Raising Finance

  1. Why you would want or need to raise finance
  2. Different ways you can raise finance
  3. Debt vs Equity
  4. Dangers of debt
  5. Risk appetite
  6. The effect on your balance sheet
  7. What do you need to do to find finance?
  8. Scaling and how this looks in practise

Unit 9: Important Extras

  1. Insurance
  2. GDPR
  3. CIS


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meet your team

Leap Academy courses are designed and delivered by experts and professionals who are all big personalities in the health and fitness industry. Each course leader has been specifically chosen due to their knowledge, personality and leading reputation to ensure the course content is top quality, but also highly engaging. Read more about each course leader below and which courses they have helped create and deliver


You don't need any prior experience to enrol on this course! It is designed for anyone who want to learn more about running a small business. 

This course is ideal for:
  • Individuals thinking of moving to self-employment
  • Individuals thinking of starting a business
  • Managers of small businesses
  • Individuals who want to learn more about business finances


The course is a supportive resource for your business journey, and therefore there are no assessments. 

This is not a pass/fail course, but is designed to be used and referred back to for helpful information at key moments in your business journey.



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This course is endorsed by TQUK. It is important to note that this course is studied for learning support only and does not provide an official qualification.

Established in 2013, Training Qualifications UK are one of the most forward-thinking and agile Awarding Organisations in the UK. They work closely with both employers and providers to ensure learners receive qualifications that have impact in the workplace and help learners succeed in all walks of life.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to build a business with confidence or embark on a career as a self-employed individual.

No matter the industry you’re in, be it Health & Fitness or otherwise, this course will help support your career and give you the best chance of success.


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