You may be thinking of becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business.

Being your own boss can be very rewarding, but there are some things you need to consider.

Benefits of running your own business

There are many benefits to running your own business.

Things like:

  • doing something you enjoy
  • being able to work the hours you want
  • working on your own
  • high job satisfaction

The Prince’s Trust has information on choosing between self employment or employment.

Things to think about before you start

You should write a plan for your business. This helps you be clear on what you plan to do and how you plan to do it.

You will also need a business plan to apply for funding.

GOV.UK has information on writing a business plan.

The Prince’s Trust has business plan templates and top tips.

Our youth employment team (works4you) has employability and skills mentors that can help.

Help with starting your own business

There is local and national support to help you start your own business.

Business West has information on start up funding.

The cool ventures website has information on funded support for businesses and entrepreneurs.

The Prince’s Trust can give you training and mentoring as part of their Enterprise programme. They also have useful business tools.

Other things that can help

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