Becoming Self-Employed

So you've decided to become self-employed, or are thinking about it. Though not the easiest of choices, it's one that can be vary rewarding. In this section we'll provide material that outlines the various processes involved with starting a business, such as the registration itself, financing your new business, tax, and other considerations, with the ultimate aim of hopefully making things a little easier for you.

Starting a Business

When starting your business there are a lot of considerations that you'll need to take into account. For instance you'll firstly need to determine what type of business you want to have, such as whether you want to set up as a sole trader, in partnership, or start a limited company. This will determine what is involved in the next step, which is actually registering the company. From here we'll discuss further topics, such as the tax implications involved, health and safety considerations, the need to consider insurance, and the need to research and obtain business licences and permits for certain types of work. Finally, there is a list of other useful resources that will aid anyone wanting to further research these topics. Click here for more details.

Business Financing

Another highly important topic for anyone who owns or operates a business, especially those on the path to becoming self employed, or someone with a recent start-up. In this section we highlight and discuss the many supports that are provided by the government and others. In this section we'll discuss the financial assistance that is offered by organisations such as Enterprise Ireland, the Local Enterprise Offices, Intertrade Ireland, the Revenue Commissioners, and the Department of Social Protection. Also included are a full range of links to additional information about each of the schemes on offer. Click here for more details.

Additional Articles

Additional articles will be added here as time goes on, whilst the existing ones will be further expanded upon. For instance, we hope to put together a full list of the business licences and permits needed for the different types of restricted trade, as this is is something that isn't readily available online. If anyone has any additional requests please email them to, and we'll do our best to facilitate you. Alternatively, you could also consider asking for further information in our discussion forums, where someone might already have your answer.