Getting ready for work & self-employment

If you're unsure whether you are ready for work, use the information and links on this page to find help available for you; whether it's writing your CV, completing an application form or preparing for an interview.​​​​



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The Teenage Market​

Aimed at young entrepreneurs aged 13-30, The Teenage Market provides free access to a stall in Leeds Kirkgate Market where you can sell your own merchandise for a day.

If you're interested in showcasing your creative talents for a day, visit the Teenage Market website for dates available in Leeds.


Over 63,000 people are self-employed in Leeds, and it is predicted that there will be a 15% increase in people being self-employed by 2025.

Business owners, Entrepreneurs, Freelance workers and Limited Company and Sole Traders earn an average salary of £10,000 - £50,000+, depending on business success.

Interested in working for yourself and want to know how to get started and set up your own business? Visit GOV.UK: Business and self-employment for more information.​​​​​​​​​

Essential skills

• Self-discipline and self-motivation​
• Being driven and determined to succeed
• Knowledge and passion about your product
• Good business knowledge
• Flexible and adaptable to change
• Good organisational skills