Guide

Decide if you want to be your own boss

Introduction

Starting your own business can be challenging but rewarding. Some people seem to be naturally suited to working for themselves, while others have built up plenty of skills and experience that they can draw upon. But everyone's different and there are a few things you should think about before taking the next steps towards starting up.

This guide will look at some of the typical personal characteristics and skills that successful business owners tend to have, and help you see whether you have some of those traits. We'll also help you to spot which skills you might need to develop.

Free business start-up support

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