Self Employment and Freelancing

Self Employment

If you are considering setting up your own business or working freelance, there is lots of free advice available to you. Here are a few of the links that can help you make a start, highlighting the range of support available to students and graduates.

This page covers: Introduction to Entrepreneurship, University Assistance, and External Assistance

An introduction to Entrepreneurship

Ever wondered how enterprising you really are?
Complete this free useful self-assessment tool to help you think about your own fuel for enterprise – your motivations, skills, attitude to succeed. It will only take 10 minutes and you receive a 5-7 page personalised report summarising attitudes towards enterprise which includes:

  • Your motivation and drive and capacity to self determine
  • Your personal enterprise style
  • Encouragers and barriers to enterprise
  • Your preferred teamrole

Start Enterprise Catalyst


University Assistance

The following activities are available across different campuses but are open to all students of the University of South Wales.

Student Enterprise

Student Enterprise at the University of South Wales offer workshops, master classes, and events such as the student market, Ignite and Concept. They also offer free business advice and real work on live briefs for local and national companies, and can equip you with further business development planning, modern office space and various funding schemes which offer amounts of up to £5,000.

Big Ideas Wales – The Entrepreneurial Shadowing programme gives young people aged 16-24 the opportunity to work alongside an experienced entrepreneur for a minimum of 30 hours of shadowing experience.


External Assistance

Business in Focus
Welsh Government funded business start up advice and support including Graduate Start-up Support Programmes, available throughout Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, and the Vale of Glamorgan

Big Ideas Wales – Graduate Start Up Support can provide you with the guidance you need to help you successfully set up your own business.

Entrepreneur Handbook – Independent advice, guides and tools for entrepreneurs and small businesses in the UK.

Finance Wales – Finance Wales makes commercial investments in Wales-based businesses with the potential to grow.

Getting British business on-line – Create a website for your business for free.

HMRC – Starting in BusinessHMRC has developed E-Learning products for small businesses along with Business expenses for the Self-employed. They also have a Ready Reckoner tool that calculates how much tax you have to pay. They have a selection of short videos on YouTube covering subjects such as Registering as Self-Employed and Record keeping for mobile devices enables customers to access apps to help make life a little easier for busy people on the go. Also a range of webinars which enable customers to attend a seminar at a time to suit them. We have both live and pre-recorded webinars covering a range of topics.

Prince’s Trust – A variety of support and help including self employment.

Prospects – Self-employment – A look into whether self-employment is right for you with guides on how to set up your own business, including regional information on business start up support.

Shell Livewire – Supporting Young Businesses.

Smallbusiness.co.uk – Information and advice.

Start Up Donut – A mix of how-to guides, feature articles, checklists, expert Q&As, FAQs, case studies, video content, blogs and forums.

Welsh Assembly Start-up advice – Provides a range of support and business start-up information.

PwC Start Up Journey – Startup Journey is PwC’s first digital product aimed at the startup community.

HMRC Self Employment

BBC – How to start your own business Video


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