So you want to start your own business?
Not the type to bow down to the demands of a boss? Spotted a gap in the market?
Gone are the days when you needed years of business experience before you took the risk and set up on your own.
These days it’s a valid career choice, and there’s lots of info and guidance out there to help you turn your good idea into a thriving business. Whether you’re into t-shirts or technology you can turn your passion and hobby into your income.
But remember, working for yourself isn’t the easy option. Not everyone makes the big money like Richard Branson or Alan Sugar. You might escape the nine to five, but in fact working for yourself mostly means long hours and sacrificing a regular salary to get your business off the ground.
But it’s not all doom – lots of young people successfully run their own business. If you’ve got passion, commitment, are prepared to work hard from day one and are motivated to succeed you could be the next young person in Staffordshire setting up on their own.
We can help – our business helpline is a great place to start, we’ll give you advice about setting up on your own in Staffordshire. Call us on 0300 111 8002. You can also find business advice and local information on our business pages.
Your local library support people who want to get started in business with information and advice – they’ve got free wifi and ‘Start 2 zones’ in every library across Staffordshire, specifically to help people like you.
And the Prince’s Trust are a big supporter of young entrepreneurs – they give loads of advice and support. They’ll help you decide whether working for yourself is the right thing for you. They can help you with training, one-to-one support, and will help you test your idea. If your business idea is a goer they also give out loans of £4-5k to get started.
Excited? What are you waiting for…