It can be a struggle finding a job or apprenticeship and you may not be interested in continuing your formal education right now. But if you have a good idea or have spotted a gap in the market, plenty of enthusiasm and want to be your own boss then setting up your own business might be a viable next step.
It doesn’t have to be as frightening as you might think as there is loads of advice about and plenty of people who will help you get started.
www.youngtraders.org.uk This is a local site which has recently been launched to help you set up your own business and support young entrepreneurs. This is well worth a look!
www.businesslincolnshire.com Brand new – Another local site for people wanting to start in business The site provides an introduction to the issues to consider when starting or growing a business and links you to more in-depth information.
princes-trust.org.uk A national site helping thousands of young people get back on track and set up their own businesses. It can help with finance as well as advice and information.
shell-livewire.org A national site, sponsored by Shell, this site has loads of hints and tips for those thinking about setting up their own businesses.
www.startups.co.uk Loads of advice and information about setting up your own business with case studies of people who have already done it.
It can be a big step but these sites will help you decide if it really is for you.