If you are considering working for yourself, starting your own business or freelancing, there's lots of support available from to you whilst you are studying.
- Working for Yourself - Useful information and resources, and top tips for developing your enterprising skills.
- Working for Yourself Careers Workshop - This interactive workshop explores the motivation, skills and networks you might need in order to be successful, and provides tips on putting together your business plan.
- Innospace - Manchester Met’s business start-up incubator offering office space, start up support and mentoring.
- Manchester Met Student Enterprise Society - Meet other enterprising student and graduates, and keep up to date with competitions, business simulations and funding streams.
Online information and advice
- Prospects - Provides a detailed guide to becoming self-employed specifically for university students and graduates
- Direct Gov Start your own business - Find introductory guides, National Insurance and tax information, help and advice on the Gov.uk website
- Small Business UK - Offers advice on starting, running and growing a small business.
- The Start Up Donut - Provides resources on marketing, legal issues and IT for new businesses
Enterprise and entrepreneurial thinking
Enterprise and entrepreneurial skills are a combination of other abilities including:
- Problem solving
- Creative thinking
- Commercial awareness
- Time management
- Communication, negotiation and persuasiveness skills
Being enterprising and entrepreneurial involves spotting an unexploited opportunity and making the most of it: essentially, identifying a gap in the market and filling it.
However, it can also be about improving a process or trying something new to improve results and increase efficiency.
Students and graduates with these skills may consider starting their own business, but are also often seen as an asset to graduate employers as they are innovative and commercially minded.
We offer a range of services and initiatives to support the development of entrepreneurial skills, including: Enterprise Society and Innospace.