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.