Self-employment

'Business Link' website

One way of ensuring that you are as in control of your work life as you are of your home life is to go into business for yourself. There are many different options for self-employment, including:

  • Consultation - being a hired 'expert' brought in to help companies or private individuals
  • Services - setting up a service-based company, such as landscaping or childcare
  • Shops - setting up a shop in the local high street
  • Internet based - virtual shop with mail order

The initial period of setting up any kind of business will take a great deal of your time and money. However, if you are successful, you can then employ staff to cover the main duties and work the hours that suit you. If you have youngsters to take care of, then being able to run a business from home, such as a mail-order firm, could be a good option.

Of course, running your own business involves a lot of risk and the responsibility of whether the company succeeds or fails rests on your shoulders alone.

The government website, Business Link, above provides lots of useful advice about how to set up and run your own business.