Business Development

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Business Development to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

It has long been our aim to encourage not only education in alternative therapies and lifestyles but also to inspire the student to put their new learning into productive use in society by starting up their own business and passing on their knowledge to others. If you desire to put your new found knowledge to practical use, this course will guide you through the process of setting up and operating a successful business in your chosen field.


  • Lesson One
    • Motivation/ Time Management
      • Entrepreneurial Skills
      • Avoiding Burnout
      • Taking a Break
      • Time Management
  • Lesson Two
    • Working from Home
      • Reasons
      • Pitfalls and Practicalities
      • Positive Aspects
      • Be Prepared!
      • Expanding the Operation
  • Lesson Three
    • Financial Wizardry
      • The Business Plan
      • The Financial Forecast
      • Securing a Loan
      • Overdrafts and Loans as a Source of Capital
      • Help is at Hand
  • Lesson Four
    • Financial Management
      • Keeping Accounts
      • The Accounting Year
      • Tax
      • Expenses
      • National Insurance
      • VAT
      • Insurances
      • Costing your Work
  • Lesson Five
    • Other Aspects to Consider
      • Marketing
      • Tracking Trends
      • Employing Others
      • Employer/Employee Relations
      • Goal Setting
  • Lesson Six
    • Money Matters/ Troubleshooting
      • Getting Paid on Time
      • Payment Motivators
      • Troubleshooting
      • Breaking down the Barriers
      • Beware of ‘Gurus’
      • Money Can’t Buy Happiness
      • Listen up!
      • Image
      • Significant Others

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.