Practical information & advice
Read our latest information and advice posts about self-employment
Here you’ll find links to various parts of this site where we have information and useful resources relating to self-employment and running your own business.
Make sure you’ve got a business plan which sets out your strategy and objectives. Also give some thought to how you’ll set up your company (sole trader or limited company) and what insurances you’ll need. Useful links include:
- Things to think about if you’ve got a criminal record and are looking to become self-employed or run your own business [Web page]
- Commercial insurance [Web page]
- Becoming a Director of a Company [Web page]
The easiest thing would be to change your name but consider the implications this would have on any qualifications or certificates you’ve gained in your original name and your bank account. Useful links include:
- Changing your name [Web page]
Here you’ll find some of the common advice we give on self-employment and running your own business. This is based on what we’ve learnt as a charity, as well as the real-life experiences of people with convictions.
- Many people with criminal records opt for self-employment as a way of avoiding prejudice by employers. However, bear in mind that if you’re planning to be a sub-contractor, even on a self-employed basis, you might be required to disclose and/or do a criminal record check.
Frequently asked questions
Here you’ll find some specific questions that we regularly get about self-employment or running your own business and the answers we generally provide. More detailed FAQ’s may be included in the information pages above.
Here you’ll find links to useful organisations and websites related to self-employment or running your own business that we refer to in our information and advice. Contact details for some of the organisations listed below can be found here.
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