Women and Self-Employment Training Course

Women in Enterprise

Under the SICAP Programme Monaghan Integrated Development (MID) are offering women the opportunity to participate in an Exploring Self-Employment training Programme. The aim of the training is to assist women who would like to become self-employed but have not yet discovered a business idea to develop one.
By the end of the training course it is expected that participants will:
  • Have assessed their suitability for self-employment
  • Have identified a new business idea which they can further research and develop on MID’s Planning for Self-Employment training course
  • Be aware of current market trends, predicted growth sectors and areas for opportunities in the future
  • Be familiar with the techniques for business idea generation and development
  • Be aware of the elements required to complete a business plan
Course Content:
The training will be delivered over 16 hours and will cover:
Your suitability for self-employment – do you have what it takes?
  • The characteristics and traits of an entrepreneur
  • Self-Employment V’s PAYE Employment
  • Realities of running a business – what’s involved
Generating New Business Ideas
  • Where do business ideas come from
  • How to come up with new ideas for business, idea generation techniques
  • Finding a profitable niche
  • Opportunities, current trends and predicted future growth areas
A Good Business Idea
  • What makes a good business idea
  • Case studies of successful businesses which started small with minimal investment
  • Exploration of existing business ideas among the participants
  • Researching the idea
  • Next steps and supports available
Confidence Building for Businesswomen
  • Personal Motivation – Do I have the energy, resilience and enthusiasm?
  • What are the risks – Attitude to risks
  • Overcoming barriers to progression
  • Support System - What does my family think?
  • Ability to deal with money, deadlines, bureaucracy, managing challenging situations
  • Identifying Skills & Achievements - What skills do I have/What skills do I need?
Developing a Business Plan for your Business
  • Do I have the relevant skills and qualifications to start this business?
  • Where will your business operate from?
  • Who are your competitors?
  • Who are your customers?
  • What is your product or service?
  • Why will people buy from you – what is unique about your product or service?
  • Do you know how to price your product or service?
  • How are you going to market/advertise your business?
  • What tools/equipment/materials do you need to run your business?
  • Identifying investment & start-up costs
  • Completing income & expenditure projections for your business
This programme will be delivered 1 day a week from 10am – 12pm

Venue: To be confirmed
For further information contact Patricia Arthurs on 042-9795739 or email
About Monaghan Integrated Development & the SICAP Programme
Monaghan Integrated Development CLG (MID) is a Local Development Company funded by the Irish Government and charged with the delivery of a range of programmes whose aim is to support specific target groups with a view to making a positive difference in their lives. A core role of MID is to promote social inclusion, support enterprise development and employment creation, enable access to education, training and lifelong learning and assist communities in identifying needs and developing local solutions.
We currently deliver the governments Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP). The aim of SICAP is to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality through local, regional and national engagement and collaboration. Its vision is to improve the life chances and opportunities of those who are marginalised in society, living in poverty or in unemployment through community development approaches, targeted supports and interagency collaboration, where the values of equality and inclusion are promoted and human rights are respected.
The SICAP programme has 2 Goals:
Goal 1 Supporting Communities
To support communities and target groups to engage with relevant stakeholders in identifying and addressing social exclusion and equality issues, developing the capacity of Local Community Groups, and creating more sustainable communities.
Goal 2 Supporting Individuals
To support disadvantaged individuals to improve the quality of their lives through the provision of lifelong learning and labour market supports.