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Set up your own business

Working for yourself? Be your own boss

Changing the way the way we live and work during lockdown and Covid-19 has made many of us reflect on what we want from life and has created new opportunities to start a business.


Has time spent in lockdown made you realise you’d rather be your own boss and be self-employed? Perhaps you’ve been made redundant and have decided to invest in setting up in business? 


If you need support and guidance to turn your business idea into a reality, Skills Launchpad Plymouth can point you in the right direction. If you have a business idea start with a business plan, work out your start-up costs and how you will finance a business. Think carefully about your customers and how will you promote your business.  


This may feel overwhelming – but there is lots of support and help out there to help make your dreams a reality, with many purpose designed start up spaces to work from in Plymouth.

Ready to be your own boss? Find out more here:
  • Need some inspiration for your career options?
    With so many career choices, it can be hard to decide! Use the links below to find the right path for you. Skillsometer - discover what jobs you might like to do Icould - discover your personality and what jobs might suit you NCS Skills Assessment - discover your skills and what jobs might suit you Careers Pilot Go Construct - construction specific Prospects Job Services - for graduates Target Careers UCAS
  • Not sure how to start? Check out these useful links to support you
    Make sure you feel ready to get back out there – check out the support available if you are feeling anxious, confused, lost or overwhelmed. Plymouth has lots of growing industries that will have many job openings in the future. One of them could be for you! Find out more. Get your own free Careers and Skills Plan with National Careers Service. Develop yourself through further study and training opportunities. Find out where to find jobs in Plymouth.
  • Need to talk through your options?
    Pop in and see us on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Barclays in Plymouth Centre or sign up as a member, we'd be happy to help. Or if you'd rather speak to someone on the phone, call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. They can help to identify what career is best for you and the skills that could be useful in a range of different apprenticeship roles.
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