What resources can help in starting your own business?

There is a lot of encouragement for young graduates to set up their own business.   Various programmes  offer sources of funding and mentoring, sometimes including free marketing, legal and accountancy costs.  Your Careers Service will know of any programmes in your area that encourage entrepreneurship for graduates.  Contact your Careers Service via the links in Gradireland or see the information resources

Organisations such as the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, FAS, Shell Livewire and the Prince's Trust provide advice to young entrepreneurs and may provide funding.  In the Republic of Ireland useful starting points include the local County Enterprise Board in the area of the proposed business, the Revenue Commissioners and the Companies Registration Office.  In the UK, the New Deal programme can provide assistance and finance to unemployed people who are interested in starting a business. 

See Information resources for links to organisations providing support and funding for specific types of business such as those in the arts.

Remember that you must take professional advice before setting up your own business.