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Self-Employment in the UK

14 Aug

You might be thinking about going into self-employment but don’t know whether to take the leap, well these facts might give you just the push you need!

4.6 million are working for themselves

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The most common types of self-employment are:

  • Farming
  • Taxi Driver/Chauffeur
  • Carpenter/Joiner
  • Construction
  • Cleaning Services

Just think of all the benefits!

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We know that starting a business can be hard and sometimes you will encounter set backs. Having the motivation to carry
on with or begin your big idea can be tricky. Opportunity Plus are currently offering free Virtual Support to all residents of Devon and Somerset. The Southwest currently has the second highest number of self-employed workers in the UK. If you are looking to become part of that number or think we can help you then please visit our website.

Web: http://www.opsw.co.uk

Mail: info@opsw.co.uk

Tel: 0800 043 2440

How To Build A Business From Your Bedroom

4 Mar

I just found these great case studies and practical tips on setting up a business from your bedroom on gothinkbig.co.uk.

How to build a business from your bedroomBuild a business from your bedroom!

National Careers Week

Do It Yourself: Our Top 10 Small Business Ideas

2 Mar

Starting your own business doesn’t need to be complicated or require a huge amount of funding. 

Registering as a sole trader is a straightforward process. Visit www.gov.uk to find out about different business structures you can choose from and the registration process for each.

Once registered, you will need to complete an annual Tax Return and will also be required to pay National Insurance contributions. For more information, check out HMRC’s range of “webinars” at www.hmrc.gov.uk. These can be viewed at any time, or watched live so that you can ask questions.

You will also need to get business insurance. Simply Business is an online business insurance comparison tool that will tell you what type of cover you will require and how much it will cost.

Below are a few simple ideas to start you thinking. If one of our ideas catches your eye, check out our range of business start up courses at www.opportunityplus.org.uk.

Bridal Hair and Beauty
Who doesn’t love a wedding? You could be a part of the big day, helping the bride and her party look their best and make a living at the same time. Short courses are available in bridal hair and make up and start up costs can be minimal.

Mobile Spray Tanning
A short course can give you the qualification you need to learn the techniques. Buy a starter kit and you’re ready to start marketing your service.

Nail Art Services
Well groomed nails are extremely fashionable. Cash in by making a very flexible business for your self, making new friends as you work.

Cleaning Services
Do you enjoy housework? Why not turn this into a business? Start up costs are very small and you can choose who you work for and what hours you work.

Car Valeting Business
If you enjoy working outside, love cars and are meticulous in your work, consider a business in car valeting. This could be a standard service or very high end, using quality products and giving a high quality package to private and/or business customers.

Arts and Crafts Business
Are you creative? Does everyone love the things you make and request one for themselves? With the right marketing and research you could turn your hobby into a business.

Online Trading
Internet selling gives you the flexibility to work from home in the hours that suit you. If there is a gap in the market, a product you are passionate about or you can give a better deal than currently on offer this could be right for you.

Share Your Skills
If you have great skills and experience and would like to share your knowledge why not consider working in an adult learning support role.

Children’s Services
From childminding to face painting, there is a huge range of business available around children, many of which can be worked flexibly around your own schedule.

Wedding Planner
Are you a people person, organised, calm under pressure and love planning events? This could be the ideal business for you!

Competition Winners

14 Jan

Our Big Ideas competition closed at the end of last year.  We asked 18-25 year olds to tell us their business ideas.  We shortlisted our favourites and our judges kindly gave us feedback on them, which we put together to decide our lucky winners.

Our final winners are:

Holliey Pearce, who opened a shop selling vintage homewares with her business partner, Jayden, in December.  Check out The Bloody Chic of It.

Sam Birtwhistle, who runs Voyage World Jewellery, selling fairtrade and ethical jewellery from around the world.

Jenny Hill, who had an idea for a device called “Alcostop” to check whether a person is fit to drive.

Thank you to everyone who entered, we loved all of your ideas.  A massive thank you also to all the businesses that kindly donated prizes for the competition: Caz Steffens Photography, L.A Barbers, Parkfield Torbay, The Osborne Hotel and many others.

And thank you to Peter Jones of Dragons’ Den, who gave us this great supportive quote:

The UK needs young people to step forward and seize their futures, and competitions like Opportunity Plus South West’s play an important role in rewiring the next generation to be more entrepreneurial, and encouraging them to follow their business dreams.

Much of my work with the Peter Jones Foundation is focused on equipping young people with the tools to be entrepreneurial, either in the workplace or running their own business. The mentoring support being offered to Opportunity Plus entrants is exactly what is needed to instill the culture of enterprise and help create a British Dream for young people to aspire to.

New Year, New Start

7 Jan

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2013!  We hope you enjoyed the Christmas break and have just about recovered from your new year hangovers!

New year is of course the time for taking a good hard look at our lives, and setting resolutions to make the necessary changes to improve the bits of our lives that aren’t everything they could be.  So if you’re not happy with the job you’re in, or you’re sick of being unemployed, NOW is the time to think about making that change.  Give us a call on 0800 043 2440 if you want to discuss and explore your options.  We offer FREE one to one appointments in our Newton Abbot office, or over the phone, where you can get some feedback and start up tips for your idea.  Even if you don’t have an idea, but are considering self employment, we can talk through your previous skills and experience and help you form an idea for a business.

In 2013 we will also be working in Somerset, and as well as our Toolbox project for 18-25 year olds, we are starting a new project just for Mums: Flexi-Mum.  Both of these will support our target groups with general work and career guidance, not just self employment support.  So if you feel like you could be getting more from your career, or you need to improve your work-life balance, we’re here to help you consider all your options.

We’d love to hear from you, no matter what stage of business you are at.

Happy New Year!

31 Dec

What a year it’s been!  At Opportunity Plus South West we have met some amazing customers this year with a massive range of ideas.  It’s been such an honour to be a part of each and every one of these journeys, however big or small our part in them.  It’s safe to say that we are as excited as the customer when they do take the plunge and register as self employed, and we love seeing all these new businesses get off the ground.

Thank you to all of the businesses that have featured on this blog so far:

Hose Solutions Ltd

Rocket & Co.

Leah Brookes – Tattoo Artist

L.A Barbers

Maternity Leavers

Sophie Duffy – Author

Seashore Ceramics

Anita Goff – Usborne Books

Caroline Cannon – The Pampered Chef

Gosling

Lewah – DJ

Helen Birtwhistle – Travel Counsellor

The Very Vintage Hire Company

Just for Tiny People

2013 (I’m going to need to practice writing that!) promises to be another exciting year for us, with some new projects on the way.  We look forward to meeting and working with lots more inspirational entrepreneurs next year.

Happy New Year!  See you on the other side…