Guide

Start-up support for female entrepreneurs

Becoming a female entrepreneur

Running a business requires a range of skills. As well as producing a product or delivering a service you will need to deal with finance, marketing, administration, legal issues and perhaps recruitment, health and safety or other specific areas.

All of these skills can be acquired and there are many excellent courses available locally. Some of these have been developed particularly for women. The Training for Women Network provide courses for women interested in business.

If you are considering starting up a new business, you need to consider a number of factors to ensure the best chance of success. As well as your product or service, you will need to think about what you will call your business, what sort of structure it will have and how you are going to run it.

You should also think about how you are going to attract customers and how you will finance your business venture. For further information see step-by-step guide to starting a business.

You will also benefit from speaking to other people who have set up a business - there are many organisations and networks that can offer you practical support. For further information see networks and mentors for women in business.

Women in Business (WIB) provide free mentoring and networking with other female entrepreneurs, They also provide a yearly female entrepreneur conference and other business events.