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Could you be the boss?

  • Published: Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Have you ever wanted to be your own boss? If you have, but for whatever reason haven't yet taken the step, the government wants to hear from you. By answering a few short questions you can help the government work out what help and support you need to become your own boss.

Business Link online survey

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Want to be your own boss? What help and support do you need to do it?

The government wants you to be able to support yourself without having to rely on benefits.

But this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to work for someone else. You could work for yourself and be your own boss.

If you fancy working for yourself, help is available. However, it might be that the help currently available isn’t quite what you are looking for, or you may not know where to find it. If this is the case - the government wants to know.

To help understand the barriers in the way of becoming self-employed, a new online survey has been launched.

The questions are very short, but will help the government to understand your needs and concerns.

Some of the questions include:

  • what (if anything) would stop you, or is stopping you, from considering self-employment?
  • what help or support do you think you would need if you were thinking of self-employment?
  • do you know where you would go for help and advice on moving into self-employment?

To complete the survey, follow the link below.

This is the start of a new programme of support called the 'New Enterprise Allowance'. This will help people with the cost of setting up a business and will be available to people who have been claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for six months or more.

The New Enterprise Allowance will be available in Merseyside from the end of January, and nationally from the autumn.

Chris Grayling, Minister for Employment, said: "If you have a good business idea, working for yourself can be very rewarding. It can take a lot of hard work and dedication, but help is available to enable you to realise your dream and become your own boss."

Further information

Information on self-employment and starting a business is available on Business Link, the official government website for businesses of all sizes.

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