Elaine from Job centre plus came to visit us once again - this time to talk about self-employment. She and the learners discussed how the North-East is a great area for self-employment. The amount of small enterprises has risen since lockdown, because people had lots of ideas and took a risk.

Self-employment may sound preferable to some, but comes with lots of hard work and responsibility.

To start your own business you need:

  • A really good business idea and plan
  • To do market research
  • To have the ability to deliver your product/ service
  • Determination and ambition!

Together we weighed up the pros and cons before learners discussed whether they thought self-employment sounded ideal to them.

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