Guide

Start-up support for female entrepreneurs

How entrepreneurial are women in NI?

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report shows that women in Northern Ireland have a very positive view of entrepreneurship as a career choice. The report indicates that increasing the level of entrepreneurial activity among women will make a huge contribution to the diversity and success of the local economy.

In Northern Ireland the average age for a female entrepreneur is late 30s, but anyone of any age can be an entrepreneur. Many women work part-time while setting up a business. This gives them the chance to develop their business idea while reducing the financial risk that may be involved. See starting a part-time business.

Others work flexible hours in their new business to allow them to look after a home or fulfil other commitments while getting the business off the ground.

If you are considering becoming an entrepreneur, it's important to realise that you don't have to go it alone. There is a lot of support available to help female entrepreneurs - see support for women in business.

Setting up a business is an exciting career option that is flexible and open to anyone. So whether you are currently working, are taking a career break or are just starting out, you can find help to make your business idea a reality.