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Starting your own business or freelancing

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Make a start with an idea you want to get out of your head, increase the reach of your start-up or freelancing business idea or work with us to boost your employability skills to take into the work place.

The support available from our award-winning Centre for Entrepreneurship team helps you to research, plan and launch your start up and maintain or scale you an existing business.

You can be a current student or a recent graduate (for up to five years after you graduate) who wants to develop your confidence and leadership potential through taking the steps needed to start up. We offer you relevant, hands-on training and business advice.

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.

Digital Incubation Hub

The Digital Incubation Hub offers you bite sized to more in-depth digital skills workshops, live webinars and trainings.

The range of digital skills offered focus on you, your leadership journey and those development areas you need to grow to shine in any business setting or start up business.

Book your place now

Grow Club ‘virtual’ co-working space

Start up

We understand that learning new skills whilst juggling all that life brings to you can be a stretch sometimes the Centre for Entrepreneurship run a monthly ‘virtual’ clubhouse to give you extra support and insights into the topics on The NatWest Business Builder course. Recent graduates and current students attend this accountability group which uses coaching tools to help keep you on track and motivated to succeed.

Sign up for a free account to The NatWest Business Builder

Join the Grow Club

Start-up school

Start up

A two-day or four-day (depending on the date of the course) business skills and leadership development course runs annually. The programme is open to any student or recent graduates (within the last five years) with a genuine curiosity about starting up and passion to develop an idea using lean start up models, market research and pitching skills. You will be given time to develop the fundamentals of starting-up and build valuable network contacts with business leaders from across Merseyside.

2021 dates (TBC):

  • 6 – 9 Sept 2021 (Deadline 12 noon 15 July 2021) or
  • 8 -11 Nov 2021 (Deadline 12 noon 30 Sept 2021) or
  • 13 – 14 Nov 2021 (Deadline 12 noon 30 Sept 2021)

Apply now

We are proudly supported by the Bathgate Group and this support enables us to give grants to student and graduate entrepreneurs through our Bathgate Start-up Fund.


Start up

Grow your leadership and innovation skills through this fast pace, fun and interactive development programme for students and graduates who actively want the experience of working in teams using lean start up and agile innovation tools.

You will work together in small teams of three to five people to move an idea from a concept to a costed proposal through to pitching to customers, users and stakeholders.

Think Hackathon, meets Design Thinking idea jam using the UN Sustainable Development Goals to give you real world problems to build collaborative and impactful solutions for.

Students from all levels and learning disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The programme runs early summer break June – July each year.

Register your interest to be considered for this programme and other support we offer

Connect with us at:

Twitter: @LJMU_Enterprise
Facebook: LJMUStartup
Instagram: @_LJMU_enterprise