Find out whether you can work for yourself



Working for yourself can be very rewarding and, in some cases, highly profitable too. Starting your own business can offer several advantages over working for someone else.

For a start, it's a chance to do something that really interests you. And you can often be more flexible with your working hours too.

This guide includes a series of videos to help you discover what it means to be your own boss and how to take the first steps in getting your business off the ground. Why work for yourself? will help you look at the reasons why starting a business might be right for you and Use your business skills and experience to start-up will help you apply your skills to starting a business.

Free business start-up support

Access free start-up business support from your local council. They will organise one-to-one mentoring sessions with your local business adviser and provide tailored guidance to develop your business plan.

Complete a short enquiry form or call 0800 027 0639 to register for this free advice and guidance.

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