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Camden Freelancers: Focus on Fashion


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Camden Freelancers: Focus on Fashion
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Camden Freelancers: Focus on Fashion

  1. 1. Centa Business Services: What you need to know about working for yourself Who are Centa? Getting ready to work for yourself Things to consider Obligations Where to find further support
  2. 2. We are a social enterprise, driven by our mission, rather than a profit motive. We aim to: • Support Economic Development • Create and Sustain Jobs • Tackle Economic Exclusion
  3. 3. Centa has over 25 years experience of providing impartial advice to start-up and micro businesses Our advisers understand the issues that small business owners’ face; many have real business experience themselves
  4. 4. Why run your own business? Pros: flexibility; freedom; creative control; ownership; a more rewarding career; could make you more money Cons: lack of financial stability; easy to get ‘sucked in; highly competitive; raising finance; the reality of business; lonely! If it was easy, everyone would do it!
  5. 5. Key things to consider: What sort of business do you want? How are you going to fund it? What are you going to sell/provide? Who is going to buy it? Why?
  6. 6. Business structures Limited Liability Company Sole Trader Partnership Limited Liability Partnership
  7. 7. Funding Grants Bank Loans Bank of F&F&F Working/self-funding
  8. 8. Do your homework - Know your market! Design for a market Find a market for your designs Marketing and branding – what is your USP?
  9. 9. Protecting yourself Intellectual Property Terms and Conditions Trademark Registration
  10. 10. Understanding your obligations Registering with Inland Revenue Keeping records Managing cashflow Tax returns/NI contributions
  11. 11. You don’t have to go it alone: Where to go for help Business Link and Inland Revenue Enterprise Agencies Mentoring College
  12. 12. If you are running a small business or about to start, you may wish to access our range of free services. Or you may want specialist help with your business plan, raising finance, expanding your business - or simply free training and advice.
  13. 13. Free workshops in December: Starting a Business: managing money and making a profit Starting a Business: finding and keeping customers Starting a Business: running a successful business
  14. 14. If we can’t help you directly, we will know someone who can. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please also visit our website at
  15. 15. GO FOR IT! 
  16. 16. Sally Leonard: Centa Business Services Centa House 61 Birkenhead Street London WC1H 8BB (Tel) 020 7278 5757