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Be your own boss

Young people, who have a good business idea, can find being self-employed or starting a small business very rewarding but it does take a lot of hard work and dedication. 

Self-employment can offer:

  • An opportunity to do something they enjoy and are good at
  • A chance to be their own boss
  • Flexible working hours

How to get started?

  • Is there a gap in the market for their idea?
  • How much money will be needed to set-up?
  • Where will this money come from?
  • What equipment will be needed?
  • Where will they work from eg home or an office?
  • Will they need to employ anyone else?

There is plenty of free information, advice and practical support available to help with setting up the business.

Useful Contacts

Humber LEP Start-Up Your gateway to finding finance, advice and support for starting or growing your business in the Humber region.

The Princes Trust Enterprise Programme offers support to young people aged 18-30 to explore self employment. For free access to online tutorials and advice on how to start, including developing your business idea, tax, finance and marketing, visit 

Start up Britain is a national campaign set up by 8 entrepreneurs last year, with the support of the government. It offers links to many sources of information.

Business in You case studies of successful entrepreneurs and help to find a mentor.

John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank which is for young people aged up to and including 21 years old, and offers grants of up to £1,000 for individuals or groups of young people who need finance to help make their idea happen.


Parents and Carers

Making choices after year 11

What are the options

What are the options?

A levels

Vocational courses

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Self Employment

Things to consider

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