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 factsheet:

Self-employment factsheet