If you've returned from the Christmas break resolving this will be the year to become your own boss, Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones offers five good reasons as to why it's the perfect time to set and keep the resolution.
Don’t feel you have to dive into self-employment on a risk-it-all basis. Most people start a business whilst holding onto the day job; that way you keep the safety of a salary whilst giving yourself time to build confidence and
Referred to as having a 'side hustle' or 'working 5 to 9', this is the best way to start. So long as you're not launching a business to compete with your employer, bosses can be receptive to this way of working too as you’re picking up new and enterprising skills, without the company having to pay for it!
2. Gaps in the market remain
You may be put off starting a business by thinking all the good ideas have been taken but I never cease to be amazed by the variety of new and niche ideas people come up with every day; from indestructible laptops for boat
So many gaps in the market remain, i.e. opportunities to sell a specific product or service to a particular audience. It's your job to fill that gap!
3. Technology has opened up a world of opportunity
Turn to the likes of Amazon Marketplace, Etsy
Engage with your target community on Facebook, Twitter
With a basic understanding of these powerful platforms, the world is quite literally your trading oyster.
4. Support is in abundance
Whether you're starting a snack or app business, you'll find there's plenty of support available. This ranges from incentives for people to invest in your start-up (EIS relief) through to accelerators, local Growth Hubs
It's not difficult to access support as a start-up; you just have to know what’s available and then make the most of it!
5. Freedom and flexibility is yours
The greatest benefit of self-employment cited most often is the freedom and flexibility that comes with working for yourself.
You can decide where, how and with whom you work, which gives meaning and purpose to your everyday life. If these are the benefits you’re after in 2018, it’s time to get started!
Attend the UK’s biggest start-up show, StartUp 2018, on 13 January to hear from 100+ speakers across 10 stages. All topics covered; from finance to marketing, PR and SEO. Access all you need to start a business, in the space of a day.
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