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Welcome to the Essential Business Academy!

We hope you find the below lessons helpful, they all include a video explaining a little more about the topic, and many have a downloadable checklist or template you can use in your business.

Don’t forget to also request access to our online Facebook group where you can share ideas, questions and advice with us and other business owners along their journey, as well as our monthly Q&A sessions live with us where we can give you bespoke advice to your business.


Module 1 – Setting up a business

Module 2 – What is a limited company?

Module 3 – What is a sole trader?

Module 4 – What is a partnership?

Module 5 – Started trading – identifying your offering

Module 6 – Started trading – getting a bank account and insurance

Module 7 – What paperwork do I need?

Module 8 – Explaining articles of association

Module 9 – What to include in a shareholder agreement

Module 10 – What to include in a partnership agreement

Module 11 – Selling to consumers

Module 12 – Dealing with late payments

Module 13 – Handling cancellations

Module 14 – I’ve received a purchase order – what should I do?

Module 15 – How contracts work – do I need a signature?

Module 16 – How to ensure your website is legal

Module 18 – Subcontractors vs Employees

Module 19 – Are you inside or outside IR35?

Module 20 – How to fill out a court claim for non-payment

Module 21 – Getting your branding right – how to set up an account in Canva

Module 22 – How to get paid on time Q&A session

Module 23 – Protect Yourself Against Cancellations Q&A Session

Module 24 – Hire or Not to Hire Q&A Session