Online Managing Your Own Business Program

Why ICS Canada?

  • DEAC Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

Learn the fundamentals of managing a small business with ICS Canada’s Managing Your Own Business Career Diploma program. Refine your existing business management knowledge or learn new job skills at home at a pace that’s right for you. You can even complete the program in as little as six months!

ICS Canada’s Managing Your Own Business Career Diploma program is designed to teach the fundamentals of managing a small business, including planning, marketing, managing finances, understanding government regulations, and using software.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

This program is designed to teach students the fundamentals of managing a business, including planning, marketing, managing finances, understanding government regulations, and using software.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Outline how to evaluate a business idea, start with a proper perspective, keep a business focused on its mission, and maintain business relationships
  • Discuss the benefits of market testing and conduct research on a target market
  • Develop a sound business plan
  • Define a business structure in terms of its plant, management, incorporation, employees, and online presence
  • Demonstrate effective communication using word processing and spreadsheets, and keep accurate, useful financial records
  • Explain the advantage of entrepreneurial opportunity and plan, market, and manage new ventures

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

Assessing Home Business Ideas

Getting started; gaining the proper perspective; profile of the SOHO entrepreneur; evaluating your business idea; considering other additional possibilities.

Instruction Set 2

Keys to Success

Knowing your mission; keeping your business on track.

Business Connections

The importance of networking; building business relationships.

Instruction Set 3

Housekeeping

Why do market research; the benefits of market testing; researching your target market.

Basics of a Business Plan

The five basic elements; background research.

Writing a Business Plan

Your business plan; positioning your business.

Instruction Set 4

Your Business Structure

Plant structure; management structure.

Government Requirements for Launching a SOHO Enterprise

Registration and incorporation of the business; tax collection; payroll remittances; tax payments; local or special permits.

Building a Team

Employees; suppliers, distributors and experts.

Putting Your Business Online

The e-commerce trend; starting up your web site.

Instruction Set 5

Writing Effective Communications

The art of the sentence; getting the most from your sentences; grouping your thoughts: paragraphs; memos, letters and e-mails.

Microsoft Excel

Basic elements and fundamentals; working with formulas and functions; working with charts and graphs; Using and analyzing table data.

Microsoft Word

Introduction to Word®; formatting; graphics and tables; themes, building blocks and mail merge.

Managing Financial Activities

Bookkeeping foundations; keeping track of your money; dealing with your financial condition; the use of ratios in financial statements; basic budgets: another key to record keeping; working with your accountant.

Instruction Set 6

Small Business Management

Entrepreneurial opportunity; planning and marketing new ventures; managing new venture operations; growth and exit.

Additional Material

Textbook: Small Business Management


Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
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Sample Lesson

To view a Managing Your Own Business sample lesson, click here.

Managing Your Own Business School Details

Upon completion of ICS Canada’s Managing Your Own Business program, you’ll be able to:

  • Evaluate a business idea, start with a proper perspective, keep a business focused on its mission, and maintain business relationships
  • Realize the benefits of market testing and conduct research on a target market
  • Compose a sound business plan
  • Organize a business structure in terms of its plant, management, incorporation, employees, and online presence
  • Compose effective communications using word processing and spreadsheets, and keep accurate, useful financial records
  • Take advantage of entrepreneurial opportunity and plan, market, and manage new ventures
Managing your business online course

ICS Canada’s Managing Your Own Business Career Diploma program provides basic training for relevant business skills such as management, finance, and technical writing. This program will teach you how to market your products or services, find the right sources to finance your business and write an effective business plan. Small business managers are able to independently run a business, with responsibilities that include market research, financing, budgets, and maintaining business records. Here are a few qualities that effective small business managers have in common:

  • Flexible: You’re productive despite changes to your business.
  • Organized: A business has a lot of moving pieces to manage.
  • Honest: A manager must make decisions that are ethical and responsible.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and be able to analyze a situation.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does ICS Canada have any tips or hints for Managing your Own Business students?

Yes, ICS provides students with over 300 ideas for home-based businesses. Also, small business owners should visit the Canadian Federation of Independent Business' web site.

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