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lordlancaster's Avatar lordlancaster lordlancaster is offline
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Why do you want to start your own business?

People decide to start their own business for many different reasons. For some, it's something they've 'always wanted to do' or being entrepreneurial runs in the family, whilst for others - it's something they grew into over time after gaining experience and spotting opportunities to go it alone.

What spurred you on and who inspired you to become self-employed?
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adam_greenough's Avatar adam_greenough adam_greenough is offline
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You've already heard my story Paul but I'll recount it here for others! I built my first website (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/marie.greenough/) when I was 10 with my Dad and I was super interested in it! From there on in I was obsessed with making all sorts of websites and projects ranging from anti-bullying campaigns to arcades on sites like Piczo, Freewebs and other free website builders.

Fastforward a couple of years and I had started playing a game called 'Habbo Hotel' and found myself in a community of people who ran their own 'fansites' of this game which hosted online radios, competitions and forums. These people ranged from 13-19 so many had far more experience than I did in building websites so they often taught me the proper way of doing things as I got more and more involved in actually building these sites.

I think it must of been age 13 when I think it was the Xbox 360 that came out and I seriously wanted it! A lot of people used to sell their services for £5-£20 a layout for other peoples sites so I thought I'd try my hand at building them. I'd already had some experience with the pixel art style that they used so a lot of it came fairly easily to me. Soon enough I'd built up a great reputation and was the go-to guy for a lot of people for web design and development. As these people grew older and started to get involved in even bigger projects, these contacts proved invaluable and I managed to get on board with some really great startups working in a business environment doing what I loved. The deeper and deeper I got involved in business, the more I learned and the more I really wanted to do it myself.

I racked my brain for a business idea, I didn't have anything incredibly unique but a raging passion for talking to people and working with technology. My website services were good but it was hard to get from a freelance level with such a limited skill set. At age 15 I moved house and school and that's where I met my now business partner, Ed. The first person I'd ever met in real life who also loved making websites! Thing is is that he was great at the programming and scripting side rather than the design so we really patched the wholes in each others knowledge and together could take on much bigger projects. That's when it clicked! Ed hadn't really done any freelancing in the past but he was well up for starting a business.

Over the next few days we scraped together our lunch money and borrowed some cash off of our parents and we got £20 together. We bought a domain and some web hosting and started creating ourselves a website which sold our services.

We're now 2 years in to the business and up until now have been juggling it between school and generally being a teenager but we still got quite a lot done. We were making far more than our friends slaving away working in a chip shop or something, got to work when we wanted, doing something that we loved and now operate from centralised offices and taking on staff.

So, why did I start a business? I kind of just fell in to it. At an age where we're all encouraged to start getting jobs and buying our own things and having the confidence that I could make my own money, I just went for it!

I don't want to make websites for the rest of my life but the journey has been invaluable, I can't wait to get my hands even dirtier and dive in to more business ventures in the future. :-)
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I've always wanted to make an impact on the world. I love creating and being productive. I have ideas that some people find a bit crazy until they see the outcome so I am well suited to working alone. Maybe that's why I felt I needed to start a business? Either way I think it just feels like something you have to do, nothing will stop you, though sometimes it feels like a curse and I wish I could settle for normal!
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Jennifer K Jennifer K is offline
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There are lots of different reasons why people want to be self-emplyed. Every one wants to be independent and choose what to do. When you start your business you can be creative and have a chance to make your dream come true - isn't it a dream when you earn money on following your passions? It can be hard to find financing to start a business, borrowing money or taking out unsecured personal loans can be risky because you can not be sure that your business will bring you an income your expect. Also everything depends on a person, some people prefer working for some one, because then there's no need to worry if everything's goes right with your business, you know that you will get your monthly wage whatever happens.
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HeyyImRyan HeyyImRyan is offline
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My current business? Because I know something needs to change within our country and I don't believe the government are doing a good enough job at doing it. If it takes private schemes and services (such as Shell LIVEWire too!) to help young people develop businesses and solve unemployment, then I'm willing to give it my all to make it happen
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mo112 mo112 is offline
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I decided to become self employed wen I got made redundant from my job after working there for many years. Getting made redundant really changed my views on working for an employer as it's not as secure as some make out to be, especially in this climate.

Being self employed it allows me to be in the driving seat.
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It allows me to be my own boss, make my own decisions and make unlimited money. I inspired by my friends who run their business successfully and growing it day by day.
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habazlam habazlam is offline
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well business is something that you will do less work and get more money.. being employed you will work very hard to get less money but more experience
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