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Thinking of setting up your own business, or being self-employed in some way? The YSJ Connect pages on setting up your own business will be helpful, as will the links below. You can also make an appointment to see an adviser with specialist expertise in this area -contact the Careers & Employability team to organise this.


For information and advice on setting up a business in


Business Link – set up to provide practical advice for business owners and potential entrepreneurs. Has offices is many towns and cities. T:08456 009 006. The Business Link website aims to help visitors address their business needs through provision of information, online tools and referrals.


Business Gateway T:0845 609 6611


Flexible Support for Business T:0300 060 3000

Northern Ireland

Enterprise Northern Ireland  T:028 7776 3555 operates the 'Go For It' Start a Business Programme in association with 26 District Councils.


Useful links

Prospects Self-Employment pages

Prince’s Trust The Business Programme “helps people to explore and test their business ideas, write business plans and start their own businesses or achieve alternative goals in education, training or work.”

Shell liveWire “the biggest online community for young entrepreneurs starting a business.”  Offers help and advice on the discussion forum and the chance to promote your business through the social network facility.

Business Startup Community for advice and information on business start-up to selling a business. Forum and links to regional sources of advice and information.

My Own Business a free internet course designed to highlight the most common mistakes made by would-be entrepreneurs setting up in business.




Create Your Own Career a publication aimed at graduates of an artistic, creative or performance degree course who have in mind the sort of career that means that they may not have a single salaried position but who chose to make a living in a different way – perhaps by starting a business, selling their work and operating as self-employed.

The University library holds a range of books on self-employment.