If you have a good business idea, working for yourself can be very rewarding, but it can take a lot of hard work and dedication. If you want to become self-employed, find out about the free help and support available, and whether you qualify for any allowances.

Getting started with your business idea

There are lots of good reasons for wanting to work for yourself, like:

  • having a great idea or passion that could be turned into profits
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  • wanting to work from home to fit in better with family commitments
  • wanting to take more control of your life and be your own boss

If you get it right, being self-employed can be exciting, rewarding and challenging.

Information and support for new businesses

If you want to become self-employed, there is plenty of free information, advice and practical support available for you. You can get help with topics like:

  • how to plan a business
  • how to raise finance
  • how to make sure you have enough to live on while you get your business off the ground
  • Support is available for both new and existing businesses, and can help you meet all the legal and financial requirements of being self-employed