Some organisations offer free support to people setting up a business. This can include business planning, mentoring, training and co-working spaces. These are sometimes called business incubators or accelerator programmes.
Business Wales supports people starting, running and growing a business. This includes online information, advice and guidance, the Business Wales Helpline and Business Wales centres.
PRIME Cymru offers tailored support from an experienced business mentor to people over 50 looking to set up a business. If you're considering self-employment, there's a lot of support and advice available to get you started.
Free business courses and events
Sign up for free courses, webinars, workshops and talks. The more you attend, the more you’ll learn. This can also be a good way to connect with people.
Testing your product or service can be a great way to see how it will work and what people think of it.
When you are ready, trial your service, perhaps at a networking or trade event.
You could try selling your products at a local market or on social media. Ask people for their first impressions and any feedback. Remember you can learn from negative feedback to improve your products or service.
Tax and National Insurance
You must register for tax and National Insurance in the first 6 months of being self-employed or you’ll be fined.