VTOS -Start Your Own Business –Enterprise Studies

We deliver a course designed to give you the current skills required today to develop and run your own business. This course will allow you to research the market, test the market and understand your target market all while developing your business and finding the best tools to use to maximise your success within the market place. 

Upon completion, through class time and one to one mentoring, you will receive a full digital strategy, including an e-commerce website, brand package, business plan, marketing plan and accounts assistance. 

Union Road, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford, X42 E168

Patricia Daly

051 294680



This is a full-time course, where learners spend a minimum of 12 hours per week in a classroom setting where they gain the knowledge and skills to start a business.

A full-time commitment is required from the learner through a combination of onsite class attendance and work practice to achieve their objective of starting their own business.

While attending this course, you will continue to receive your social welfare entitlements, regardless of any profit you may make from your business.

You will cover the following topics:

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Year 1

  • Market analysis, including customer and competitor research, product and service definition, routes to market.
  • Market planning, including marketing and promotional tools.
  • Digital Marketing – Full digital marketing strategy.
  • Customer Service incorporating consumer legislation.
  • Basic accounts, financial management and cash flow management
  • Computerised and manual accounts.
  • Sales skills and techniques, meeting, and telephone skills.



Year 2

  • Tailored accounts training to suit your particular business.
  • Full Business Plan development and implementation, including business mentoring.
  • Comprehensive market planning and mentoring.
  • Web Presence development and publication.
  • Advanced Digital Marketing and e-Business implementation.
  • E- tools – Video editing and digital content creation.
  • Assistance with grant application for your business.
  • Development of a Corporate Identity/Branding for your business.
  • Tailored elements, which match your individual requirements.


See full course description.

The course leads to QQI Level 5 certification in Business Studies (QQI Award 5M2102)

Eligibility: You must satisfy VTOS criteria to qualify for entry onto this course. You must be in receipt of a social welfare payment and be aged over 21 years. Courses are free of charge.

Childcare support: Childcare assistance may be available to VTOS learners through the National Childcare Scheme.

Enrolment Details: Courses commence in late August. Places are limited, apply early to avoid disappointment.


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Success Stories

We are very proud of our past and present students, many of whom have gone on to create successful businesses, upskilled, and taken a career change, and gone on to third-level education. Some of our successful businesses include;



Current Students

Our current students are still enjoying their time, and excited to see their results. They are all currently working hard on all of the elements of their new business.





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