Whether you’re planning to start your own business or looking to become self-employed, we can help you take the next steps.

With all the freedom that comes with working for yourself, there’s also a number of responsibilities and important steps to consider. These can apply if you plan to be a sole trader or if your enterprising idea means you’re creating a new business.


If you’re planning to be self-employed, here are some of the things you need to do:

  • work out your employment status
  • inform HM Revenue & Customs
  • learn how to record financial transactions
  • understand how to complete your tax return.

We offer lots of support and resources about self-employment, - visit the Careers and Enterprise Hub or email enterprise@canterbury.ac.uk.

Starting a business

Another way of setting out on your own is by creating a new business. Once you’ve turned your initial idea into a business plan and decided on your business model or structure, you need to register the business officially with Companies House.

To get help with turning your business idea into a reality, visit the Business Start-Up section of The Careers and Enterprise Hub or email enterprise@canterbury.ac.uk.

We offer support for students wanting to work for themselves. Being self-employed is becoming more popular, and we actively encourage students to develop their business ideas whilst they are studying, either as part of their course or through maximising a range of extra-curricular support. Alongside our online resources and regular workshops, we can help students gain access to key industry contacts to provide valuable mentorship and provide initial business start-up funds via the Career Start Bursary (subject to eligibility).

ChiaraEmployability and Skills Manager
Enterprise & Engagement Team
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