Want to work for yourself, but don't know where to start?
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 & IP Centre Glasgow webpage.
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Writing the plan
A good business plan can help you secure funding to get your business started.
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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.