Running your own business
If you want to run your own business or develop a business idea...
... there's lots to think about:
- what is your business offering?
- 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.
Around 20% of new businesses fail in their first year and 50% fail in their first three years. Department for Business.
There is plenty of information on self-employment and the support available to make sure YOU succeed.
- Login and search for 'self-employment' to find our leaflets with lots of information on starting a business
Check out these websites for courses, funding and advice:
- Calderdale Council Business Support Team - provide ‘drop in’ advice sessions for Calderdale residents
- Business Hub Kirklees - funding and grants for companies based in Kirklees
- Kirklees Libraries - including online business directories Cobra and FAME, which can help with market research, law and starting a business
- Kirklees Council Creative Economy Team - 01484 221000 - offers a free programme of support
- Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership - information and advice for businesses in the Leeds City Region
- Mid Yorkshire Chambers of Commerce
- Shell LiveWIRE
- Young Enterprise
- The Prince’s Trust - offers grants to young people as part of its Enterprise Programme
- UK Hub for Disabled Entrepreneurs - information for self-employed disabled people
- Wildfire - business support for young people
- Business Support Helpline
- Federation of Small Businesses
- New Enterprise Allowance - funding for people who are unemployed
- British Franchise Association
- Social enterprise - support and advice
- Co‑operatives UK - advice and guidance on setting up a co-operative
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Page updated August 2017