Starting your own business or freelancing
Do you want to find out more about starting up your own business or side-hustle? Are you thinking about becoming self-employed or working as a freelancer? Perhaps you have an idea that you want to explore further – or maybe you’re ready to launch your venture or grow your fledgling business?
The Start-up Hub can help all LJMU students and alumni (who have graduated in the last 5 years).
From Architects to App developers, Coders to Craft bakeries, Drone operators to Dance Companies, Script writers to Sports nutritionists, our experienced and well-connected team can help you validate your idea, understand your customer base and connect you to the local start-up eco system.
We do this by:
- Practical workshops and webinars
- Expert advice and signposting
- Meetups and networking opportunities
Start-Up Hub Drop-ins
When: Wednesdays, 10am –12 noon
Location: Start-up Hub, Student Life Building
Come and see the LJMU Start-Up team in the Student Life Building, Upper Ground Floor on Wednesday mornings for an initial chat. We’ll let you know how we can support you and guide you towards the next steps to make those ideas a reality.
No need to book, just drop in and say hello!
If the times listed above don’t work for you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a phone or video call at another time.
Workshops and Events
We run a varied programme of workshops and events to support you with your start-up idea and plans, or to help you become a freelancer.
Email us at email@example.com and a member of the team will be back in touch.
Where can I go for information about becoming a freelancer?
Freelancing means to work as an independent company rather than be employed by someone else. Freelancers are self-employed and often referred to as independent contractors. When you are a freelancer you can pick and choose the work you pitch for. You are responsible for invoicing for each job, delivering the work on time and to budget and annually reporting through a tax return to the UK Government body – HMRC.
Use the HMRC step-by-step set of questions to work out if freelancing is for you, understand what records to keep and how to register as a freelancer with HMRC
For more support with becoming a freelancer and growing your business register to join the LJMU Enterprise/Start Up community.