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Start Your Own Complementary Health Business

Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in starting your own complementary health business to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit

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

If you are thinking about setting up your own consultancy, this course will guide you through the entire process.  From creating a business plan to raising finance, buying equipment and finding clients, the course also covers all the regulatory bodies you need to consider.


  • Lesson One
    • Welcome!
    • Introduction
    • Writing a Business Plan
      • How to Begin
      • Making Money
      • What Should I Charge?
      • What are my Costs?
      • Finding your Margin
      • Cash Flow Forecasts
      • Is there a Market?
      • First-hand Advice – Consider a Pilot Scheme
    • In Summary
  • Lesson Two
    • Raising Finance
      • Introduction
      • Finance to Get Started
      • Your Bank
      • Finance to Buy Equipment
      • Special Loans and Grants
      • Other Sources of Cash
      • How Not to Raise Finance
      • First-hand Advise – Start Small
    • In Summary
  • Lesson Three
    • Finding Premises
      • Introduction
      • Working from Home
      • Travelling to Clients
      • Renting Space
      • Sharing Premises
      • First-hand Advice – on Partnerships
      • Getting your own Premises
      • First-hand Advice – View More than Once
    • Fitting Out your Treatment Room
      • Equipment
    • In Summary
  • Lesson Four
    • Finding Clients
      • Introduction
      • The Basics
      • The Press
      • What to do When a Journalist Visits
      • Advertising
      • Promotions
      • Speaking Engagements
      • Shop Front
      • GP Surgeries
      • Similar Businesses
      • Business-to-Business
      • Notice boards
      • Organise an Open Day
      • Repeat Business
  • Lesson Five
    • Organising Yourself
      • Introduction
      • The Basics
      • Simple Book Keeping
      • Other Bookkeeping
      • Petty Cash
      • Your Money and the Businesses’ Money
      • Accepting Payment
      • Security
      • Relationships with your Suppliers
      • Credit from Suppliers
      • Taking a Holiday
      • What about your own Health?
    • In Summary
  • Lesson Six
    • The Client’s Session
      • Introduction
      • The Initial Consultation
      • Confidentiality
      • Sessions
      • Goals
      • You and Your Client
      • Concluding the Treatment
    • In Summary
  • Lesson Seven
    • Business Basics
      • Introduction
      • Dealing with the Bank Manager
      • Professional Indemnity Insurance
      • Other Insurance
      • Your Accountant
      • Sole Trader or Limited Company?
      • Pension
      • Solicitors
      • Health, Safety and Fire Regulations
      • Trading Standards Office
      • Environmental Health Department
      • Estate Agents
      • VAT
    • In Summary

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.