Are you ready to start a business?

Running your own business can be a rewarding experience. However, it can also mean exposure to new risks, long hours, hard work and frequent challenges. Before you start your business, it is important that you consider the reality, and the challenges, of running a business.

You should also consider your personal goals and whether starting a business could help you achieve them.

Take the time to assess if you have the right skills to run a business successfully, and identify any skills you may need in the future. If you don't have the right skills, identify the ones you could outsource or employ someone to look after. A wide range of training resources are available for you and your employees.

This guide will help you to consider whether you are ready to start a business, and point you in the right direction for further information and advice.