Starting a business when unemployed



An alternative option for unemployed people seeking work is to start a business. This avenue has been taken successfully by many people who are unemployed and offers an opportunity to re-enter the workplace.

Following up on any business ideas you may have or an interest or hobby you enjoy can all provide a possible platform for getting back to employment.

This guide outlines the main advantages of starting a business when unemployed. It includes guidance on how to get from unemployed to self-employed.

It also looks at how to develop your business idea and identifies the support available for unemployed start-ups.

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.

  • Start a business Helpline
    0800 027 0639