Start a business
If you want to work for yourself, or you have a good idea that you think you could turn into a business, why not start your own business? You will need to be highly motivated, independent and have a strong belief that your business will be a success.
Having your own business is no easy task. You’ll need to think about employing people, working out your finance and start up costs, applying for grants, paying taxes, health and safety, IT, payroll, premises, and sales and marketing. But if you’re ambitious and have the drive, there are no limits.
There are many organisations that can give you support - see the useful links.
“I started my business at the age of 14 selling a range of computer cleaning products. Prior to this venture I had no experience of setting up or running a business, but knew people who had.
I got the idea for my business after seeing a similar product being sold at a really high price and decided to have a go myself. I wanted to have a product that was of high quality, which I could offer at a reasonable price. Later that night I went online and found a company who manufactures screen cleaning products, who was happy to supply me. After a few months of emails, requesting samples and conducting market research I placed an order, which was sent to Southampton docks by cargo ship for me to collect. This was one of the most challenging parts of my venture due to the amount of paper work involved with delivery and customs.
Since then, I have been retailing my product to trade and public with my first show at the NEC, Birmingham in November 2011. This was a four day event, with over 32,000 people through the doors. Although I had no prior selling experience, the event was a success having sold to an estimated 500 customers (1.5% of people through the door). I am now continuing to sell my product, trying to reach a larger customer base and make new contacts which may lead to more successful things in the future, both for the business and me.”
For more information visit Benjamin’s website - www.bpenterprises.co.uk