How to start your own business

Starting Your Business Workshops

Whether a full-time venture, side hustle or part-time lifestyle business turning a hobby into income, we will eliminate the anxieties holding you back and help turn your dream into reality.

The workshop covers the highs and the lows of being your own boss, from funding to budgeting, accounting to recruitment. Your tutor will outline the practical aspects of business ownership, such as the skills required, the correct legal structure, pricing and marketing, and how to build a reliable support network.

This session is completely FREE, so what are you waiting for?

What you’ll learn…

  • Whether being self-employed is right for you
  • How to thoroughly research your idea
  • How to bring your idea to life


This workshop is for anyone with the gem of a business idea or those who have begun researching their idea without taking any further steps to making it a reality.

The workshop is for those living in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, Durham or Northumberland and haven’t yet registered as self-employed with HMRC.

How to book

Registration for this workshop should be made at least 48 hours in advance, however other dates may be available.  To book your place or ask any questions, email: or complete the booking form.

Once you have reserved a place, you will be contacted to confirm your booking.  Instructions and a Zoom link to join the workshop will be provided nearer the date.

The next workshop in this series is ‘Launching a business from home’. Alternatively, you can view and book your place on any of our other Flying Start masterclasses here.

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How to find us...


North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC),
Wearfield, Enterprise Park East,
Sunderland, SR5 2TA

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