Starting your own business? Free workshops available

This is a 10-week online workshop series based on our increasingly popular Start Your Own Business Workshop Series. If you want to start your own business – start right here!

These are practical accessible workshops for people starting up businesses (including being sole traders) to do or make all kinds of things and for people who have all kinds of backgrounds.

All the workshop topics are linked. From our track record confidence, motivation and knowledge are all improved. Explanations are clear. There is question and answer time. All workshops get people to take actions to move their ideas forward. The finance and tax workshops are especially beneficial and successful – it is often the part that seems scary to people and can therefore be glossed over or pushed away for another day!

These workshops are funded by Reading UK and we can only accept registrations within the Berkshire area.

You can book all of the workshops in this series at once or select individual workshops you can attend.

  • You and your idea/s
  • Marketing & branding essentials
  • Marketing methods & social media
  • Getting & keeping customers
  • Status essentials & HMRC
  • Expenses & finance timelines
  • Costs and pricing
  • Legal requirements
  • Planning and routines for success
  • Presentation and confidence in business

More details and free registration at

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Some workshops are also offered face-to-face, venues to be advised. Upon registration, please indicate whether you would be able to attend in person or whether you would be joining us on Zoom.

David Neale

David runs the Get Online Reading project, which uses a team of volunteers to promote digital inclusion around the town and help local people make better use of the internet. The Get Online team is based at Reading Central Library and does outreach sessions at other libraries and community venues around Reading. David also co-developed the RVA website.