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Thinking of going self-employed?

EACH year around 300 MMU graduates go freelance or set up their own business.

With fierce competition for graduate-track jobs in 2010, careers planners are expecting even more to follow - and their advice is: "Start here and NOW!"

The University is organising a special session called ‘Getting Started’ with MMU’s Marcus Lord, an expert in advising student start-ups.

Self-employment might seem a bit scary but it can also be the road to success and wealth – turnover of businesses in the MMU Graduate business incubator Innospace topped £1m last year!

February 5

Come and find out more on Friday, 5 February - 12 until 2pm in Lecture Theatre 5, Geoffrey Manton Building, All Saints Campus.

According to Marcus, some students will have already begun working freelance, particularly in art and design and business consultancy, but he says:

"Don’t worry if you haven’t got out of the blocks. Many see working for themselves as long term and use their first years in employment to gain essential experience, develop business networks and generate finance."

And Jan Moore, Head of the University's Careers and Employability Service, said: "You may be very clear about what you want to do and already be taking steps to secure financial backing, market your product or service, and protect your idea(s). Alternatively, you may be just setting out –wanting to be your own boss but not sure what is involved.

"This event will introduce the issues that you need to consider before going into business and identify the sources of support available to you whilst at MMU."

For more information, see Jan Moore’s advice booklet Becoming Self-Employed

Top tips:

- Are you cut out for business? Assess yourself against the University of Durham’s General Enterprising Tendency (GET) questionnaire at
www.get2test.net/test/index.htm

- Join the virtual MMU Student Enterprise Society on Facebook at
www.business.mmu.ac.uk/studententerprise for everything enterprising, both on and off campus.

- Join Linedin, the social network for entrepreneurs and business professionals - at www.linkedin.com

Details of all Careers and Employability events will be posted on departmental notice boards and on our web site at www.mmu.ac.uk/careers/coves

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