Running your own business

Self employment young woman on the phoneIf you want to run your own business or develop a business idea ...

... there's lots to think about:

  • what is your business and have you got a business plan?
  • who will be your customers - is there a market for your products or service?
  • where and how will you run your business?
  • what is the competition?
  • how do you let people know about your offer?
  • what will it cost to start your business?
  • what will you live off until your business makes a profit?

You'll need to find out about any laws that apply to your business and about things like tax and National Insurance, so it's important to get advice early.

If you are going to run a successful business, you'll neeed to make sure you have the right skills, do your research and write a business plan - if you want to borrow money to help you get started a plan is very important. A plan will help you set out your aims, get yourself organised and turn your plans into a reality.

Around 20% of new businesses fail in their first year and 50% fail in their first three years. Department for Business.

Still interested?

There is plenty of information on self-employment and the support available to make sure YOU succeed.


  • Login and search careersinfo logo for 'self-employment' to find our leaflets with lots of information on starting a business

Check out these websites for courses, funding and advice:


Self-employment option after Year 11

Check out our video on running your own business and studying part-time or read about all your options after Year 11 (49kb PDF).

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Page updated October 2020

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