Self Employment

AGCAS: Self-employment

This guide contains helpful advice on how to start and run a successful business or social enterprise. Information is given for those who want to set up a business either full-time or part-time, work as a freelancer or contractor, or buy into a franchise. Advice is given on areas including business plans, funding, and sales and marketing as well as many others.

Self-employment (Prospects)

Advice on the skills required to be a successful entrepreneur and tips on how to start your own business. There is also practical guidelines on writing a business plan.

Scottish Institute for Enterprise

Helps students in Scotland to start-up their own ventures and develop their entrepreneurial talent. The SIE website contains a wealth of information and advice as well as details of competitions and training programmes.

Aberdeen Business Enterprise Society

Society that helps students to discover and develop their skills and entrepreneurial potential.

Scottish Enterprise

Scotland's main economic, enterprise, innovation and investment agency. Website includes sector specific information for Scotland with links to company details. Covers tourism, energy, textiles, life sciences and aerospace, defence and marine.

AGCAS: Flexible Working

This guide explains the various options available for flexible working and advises on the pros and cons. It covers working hours, locations, working patterns and your legal rights.

Business Gateway

Practical help, advice and support for new and growing businesses in Scotland

Contractor UK

This website contains information on graduates working as contractors. There is an online guide which you can download from this site which explains the advantages and disadvantages of working as a contractor. The guide also includes advice on how to become a contactor and find contracting work.

British Franchise Association

Self regulating governing body for franchising with information and help for current and prospective franchisees. Also includes a list of members and training events.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

HIE is the Scottish Government's economic development agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Cultural Enterprise Office

Information and advice on becoming a professional in the creative industries or setting up your own business. Run events, including in the Aberdeen area.

Prince's Trust

Charity which provides financial and professional support to young people who want to set up their own business. Their website allows you to read success stories of how the trust has helped people with their entrepreneurial ideas.

Disabled Entrepreneurs Network

DEN provides networking opportunities and information services for self-employed disabled people.


Website with information and advice on starting-up and growing a small business.

Co-operatives UK

National trade body that promotes co-operative enterprises.

Businesses and Self Employed (

Contains information & advice on setting up your own business, including how to prepare a business plan and how to avoid common mistakes.

Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the Government agency in Ireland responsible for supporting Irish businesses in the manufacturing and internationally traded service sectors. Specifically, Enterprise Ireland helps businesses to start-up, innovate and ultimately, to achieve global success.

Business Survival Toolkit

Created by Creative & Cultural Skills in partnership with the Crafts Council, the Cultural Leadership Programme, the Design Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, this website comprises over 70 familiar (and not so familiar) tools to help promote business growth and development.

Shell LiveWIRE

Free information and advice for young people starting a business in the UK.

Federation of Small Businesses

Lobbying organisation for SMEs.

HM Revenue and Customs E-Learning Courses for Entrepreneurship

A series of online guides, produced by HMRC, which provide advice about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses.

The Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust

A grant-making trust for young people aged under 26. The aim of the Trust is to provide grants to young people under the age of 26, in order for them to fulfil ambitions, enhance their personal development, and make a positive contribution, either at home or overseas. So long as there is a demonstrable purpose to the activity, and a genuine need for a financial assistance, the trustees will consider the application.

Enterprise for Life Scientists

This book explains the key skills required for the commercial exploitation of Bioscience. There is practical advice on a number of important enterprise topics, including writing business plans.

  • Published: 2008

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

Enterprise Fellowships - The Royal Society of Edinburgh

These awards aim to enable promising science and technology researchers to develop into successful entrepreneurs. Fellowships provide a year's salary and a structured training programme consisting of a 4-day boot camp and a series of 1 or 2 day training sessions.

5 tools to help build your business

Entrepreneur, Stuart McClure, highlights 5 resources that have helped him to build his successful start-up business,

Go to guide to starting a business (Wright Hassall)

Useful guide for entrepreneurs on starting a business, with information on company structures, people, premises, funding and legal advice.

Entrepreneur Handbook

This website contains lots of useful guides for starting your own business, including lists of possible business ventures, advice on managing finances and information on relevant legislation.

How to start a business in 20 days (Informi)

A useful action plan for setting up a new business, from the fundamentals of exploring the potential of your idea and creating a business plan to tips on getting your business ready for launch.