Becoming self employed is an option if you are an entrepreneur, have a great business idea, are struggling to get a job elsewhere - or just want to work for yourself
There are many reasons why you might wish to set up your own business. One of the primary factors could be that you want to have more control over the way you work, your working environment and your hours. Other reasons could be that you have identified a particular gap in the market or you may wish to supplement your existing income.
Setting up and running your own business can be a very exciting prospect, but it is also time-consuming and challenging. Before you decide to set up your own business, you will need to carefully consider whether becoming self-employed will suit your personality and abilities, as well as fit in with your lifestyle.
If you think you may need help with becoming self-employed, there is a list of many useful organisations and much more information about self-employment, in our 'Self-employment' factsheet:
Some of the characteristics associated with small business owners are listed below to help you identify your own abilities and training needs:
Whatever the reasons behind setting up your own business, there are some common steps that need to be taken. It is vital that you conduct an assessment and carry out research to judge how viable your idea is. Consider the following areas:
It is important that you produce a realistic working business plan. It can help you spot potential pitfalls before they happen, structure the financial side of your business efficiently, focus your development efforts and also work as a measure of your success. In addition, if you do not have a working business plan you will not be able to secure any funding.
A business plan might include:
You should also try to think about how your sight problem might impact on your business. Organisations like RNIB and Action for Blind People, with our network of employment specialists, can help you assess this.
UKVISE is the United Kingdom Vision Impairment Small Enterprise and Self-Employment internet discussion group. It is a free service, hosted at ukvijobs.com, and is open to blind and partially sighted people interested in matters relating to small enterprise or self-employment. For further information, please visit the UKVISE discussion group website.
Read about how self-employment has worked for blind and partially sighted people in our Success stories.
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