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Idea

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

COBRA - Complete Business Reference Adviser 

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. 

View and download our Start up guides

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Writing the plan

A  good business plan can help you secure funding to get your business started.

Find out more from:

Cobra Guide - A Guide to Writing a Business Plan

HMRC​ – write a business plan

Business Gateway – prepare a business plan

Money for Start Ups

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.

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.

mygov.scot 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.

Related Documents & Useful Links

Business Online Resources

Workshops and seminars 

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.

Gov.uk Working for yourself Statutory requirements for self-employment.

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

Jobs & Business Glasgow FREE support for the residents of Glasgow to start and develop a business.

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