Sussex - Make money doing what you love

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Free business course for Sussex residents to help you start-up your own business.

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Become your own boss!

The You Can Start-Up course is a 5-day business course for Sussex residents that has trained 100s of people for the past two years in Eastbourne, Hastings, Bexhill, Littlehampton and Brighton. We are now bringing it to you online.

The course will cover everything you need to know to kick-start your business the right way:

Tuesday 11 August

  • 10am-12pm Start-up is easy.
  • 1.30pm-3pm Start-up is free.

Wednesday 12 August

  • 10am-12pm Finding customers.
  • 1.30pm-3pm Create your free website.

Tuesday 18 August

  • 10am-12pm Making sales.
  • 1.30pm-3pm Everything about Marketing.

Wednesday 19 August

  • 10am-12pm Planning and creativity.
  • 1.30pm-3pm Social Media for business.

Thursday 20 August

  • 10am-12pm Setting up your business, taxes and more.
  • 1.30pm-3pm Review of the week.

About this course. It's FREE thanks to our funders. Places are limited, so make sure to register.

Ongoing mentoring and advice. We're here to support you throughout your business journey. We'll be available after each session from 3 to 4pm to answer your questions.

We're here to help with digital support, support learning needs, English as a second language and more. Get in touch to find out how we help meet your access needs.

Meet the team. Geoff from Smarter Society will be delivering the training making sure you have all the tools to start your own business. Rhys from Optivo will be supporting you through your journey to success.

Network with our small business community. For those interested, we'll introduce you to our #TeamTimeThursday call on 13 August. It's a safe space where participants of our courses share their challenges and learn from each other experiences.


What do I need to follow the course online? You 'll need an internet connection and access to a smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop. Bring pen & paper to take notes, water/tea/coffee and an open mind!

What video-conference software will you use? You'll need to download the Zoom app. Check out this link on how to join a meeting on Zoom:

1- Zoom is FREE.

2- it's SAFE. We follow security guidelines to ensure a safe environment.

3- it's PRIVATE. You choose to turn on/off your microphone and webcam. Plus, you can still interact with others through the chat box!

What if I'm receiving benefits?

Don't worry, we'll help you to understand how your income can affect your claim.

Do I need to attend every sessions?

You choose the sessions you want to attend. If for reason you can't attend a session, let us know and we can arrange a 1-to-1 session for you to catch up on what you missed!

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can email your questions to

Can I join the video-conference with a friend or family member? Feel free to do so.

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