Self employment & micro business start up

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Self employment & micro business start up


The idea 


Interested in working for yourself but don't know how to get started? The first step is to come up with an idea.




Dance teacher, DJ and mobile disco service, dog walker, ebay trader, gardener, handyman...Take a look at the business opportunity profiles in the Complete Business Reference Adviser (COBRA)​ to find out more. Each profile provides information about the specific opportunity, identifying market issues, trends, relevant legislation, trading issues and any qualification and skill requirements. COBRA also contains business information factsheets covering everything from writing your business plan to taking on your first employee. This easy-to-use online resource is available in all Glasgow Libraries and remotely with your library card number.  

For information about additional business information resources visit the Business @ The Mitchell webpage.


Start up guides
​​​Childcare​​​ Cleaning Food & Drink
​Hair & Beauty Online Trading Pet Services​

Workshop - Resources for Business Start Ups (FREE)

Looking for information for your business plan or sources of market research? The Resources for Business Start Up workshop will introduce you to Glasgow Libraries range of subscription business information databases including Cobra, ProQuest and Mint UK. Click here for more details.

Workshops - Partner Organisations (FREE)

Business Gateway and Jobs & Business Glasgow are delivering workshops at Glasgow libraries to support business start up and social enterprise.

Business Gateway

Business Gateway deliver a series of workshops to support business start up and growth. Topics include: start up awareness,business planning, finance, taxation, marketing and a range of workshops supporting digital skills.

Visit Business Gateway's website for upcoming workshop dates and to reserve your free place.

Jobs & Business Glasgow

Social enterprise start up
Location:  Stirling Room, The Mitchell Library
Time: 2pm-5pm

20th March 2018

To book email: or phone: 0141 274 3333

Business Information Support: One-to-One (FREE)

Business information specialists will guide you to appropriate information sources to help you start and grow your business.  To book call us on 0141 287 2904 or email​


Money for start-up

 Starting up costs money. You may need to buy tools, products, promotional material, cover living expenses...funding can come from various sources including personal savings, bank loans and government grants.


Take a look at the following:

New Enterprise Allowance ​​- if you are unemployed you might qualify for this scheme. ​

A Summary of Sources of Finance for Starting a Business​ ​-  Cobra guide explaining lots of different funding options.

Government schemes finance finder - Find government-backed support and finance for business and self-employment. funding opportunities​​ - Search for business funding, grant and loan options available in Scotland.​ 


Register as self-employed 

Remember to register with HMRC as self-employed to make sure you pay the correct Income Tax and National Insurance. 

For more information take a look at the folllowing:

An Introduction to Tax, National Insurance and VAT - Cobra factsheet outlining different types of tax and legal obigations. Includes useful contact list for advice and support.

HMRC Help and support if you’re self-employed  -  Videos, webinars and online courses.



Useful links


Jobs & Business Glasgow  FREE support for the residents of Glasgow to start and develop a business. JBG delivers support and advice at locations throughout the city. Click here to find a venue near you.

Business Gateway​  Provides access to free business support services including online guides, local workshops and appointments with experienced business advisers.

Business Glasgow Business Glasgow, through delivery of the Business Gateway Service and a team of dedicated, skilled, business advisers can help your company grow regardless of which stage it’s at on the business life-cycle and assist with making your vision and aspirations a reality.

Cultural Enterprise Office Specialist support for self-employment and business start-up in the creative industries.

Glasgow City Council - Business Support Advice, Support and Grants available to Glasgow Businesses. Working for yourself Statutory requirements for self-employment.

HM Revenue & Customs  Online access to support guides covering different aspects of tax. Webinars, e-learning and videos plus business support.

People Plus  Mentoring support for self-employment or starting a business through New Enterprise Allowance.

Prince’s Trust  We work with 18 to 30-year-olds to turn big ideas into a business reality through our Enterprise programme. From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, we're with you every step of the way.

My World of Work - Be your own boss Includes 5 tips to get you started​.

The Mix  Offers information and advice for under 25's interested in self-employment

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