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Starting your own Business

Starting your own business may sound daunting, but it is an increasingly popular option for many graduates rather than pursuing a traditional graduate job or training scheme.

Self-employment could provide a rewarding and flexible solution to live and earn, and you could develop a variety of skills and experience that could be beneficial in whatever career path you take. Recruiters will appreciate your creativity, innovation and self-motivation.

You may already be involved in running your own business alongside your studies with The Enterprise Place, and expanding this as a potential graduate job could be an exciting challenge.

Where to start?

Whether you have a business idea or not, remember that self-employment presents an entirely different set of challenges to other graduate roles, so it’s important to consider if you have the self-belief and have the right personality. Talk to your family, friends and other people you have come into contact with during your time at university about your idea and how you can meet the challenges that starting your own business would present.

The Enterprise Place

If you are feeling entrepreneurial and have an idea, skill or hobby you'd like to turn into a business, talk to our team at The Enterprise Place. Even if you don't have a business qualification or experience they can offer expert advice, support and even preliminary funding.

The Enterprise Place offers support to all Sunderland students and graduates and can help you clarify your ideas, develop a business plan, and testing out the market. Find out more... 

International Students

Sunderland is one of the UK Higher Education Institutions authorised to endorse a limited number of Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visas per year. There is a formal application process and you need to contact The Enterprise Place team a minimum three months prior to your student visa expiry date if you intend to apply. Find out more...

Other sources of Information for starting your own business

  • Prospects Self-employment section: includes information about writing a business plan
  • Project North East: provides advice and information on business issues, for e.g. finance, legal matters, marketing, etc
  • TEDCO: information and advice for new entrepreneurs about starting and running a business
  • North East Business Innovation Centre: offers free business start-up guidance and information on funding. Support can also be provided on office premises and equipment designed to nurture new and developing businesses
  • Shell LiveWIRE: the UK's biggest online community for young entrepreneurs aged 16-30
  • GOV.UK: business and self-employed section, gives information about setting up and running a business
  • British Franchise Association
  • Institute of Patentees and Inventors: information about patenting and protecting your idea
  • InformNorth: an online magazine for self-development, skills and enterprise in the North East
  • Old School versus New School: a knowledge exchange platform addressing young entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneur Handbook : expert advice and guides on starting and building a business
  • IPSE : The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed. Includes information, support, advice and podcasts on freelancing and self employment
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