Turn your small business ideas into a reality with our top tips… – The Sun

HAVE you got big ideas for a small business?
New research from ­Virgin Money shows the pandemic has turbocharged our national entrepreneurial spirit.
Driven by a desire to change the way we work, people have collectively come up with 31million new business ideas since March 2020.
But just 37 per cent of would-be entrepreneurs have the ambition to start their own firm. If you’re one of them, Sunemployment is here to help.
We’ve teamed up with Dragons’ Den’s Theo Paphitis, right to get you started.
Today, Birmingham, is the location for his annual #SBS Small Business Sunday event, which brings together the UK’s best small firms.
Aurelija Meakin’s company ­balloonista.com was an SBS winner in 2019, delighting the former telecoms worker.
Aurelija, from Orpington, Kent, said: “Running your own business can be tough.
“You need to be persistent and resourceful, and not to be too hard on yourself.
“If you have a dream, you have to go for it.”
Here are Theo’s tips for budding entrepreneurs.
THE Government’s Living With Covid plan has prompted more firms to call their workers back to the office.
Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos, of SmileDirectClub’s Confidence Council, says: “Returning to the office after months or even years of working from home due to the pandemic can feel daunting.”
Here is her advice:
ARE you a bright spark? ELECTRICITY NORTH WEST needs 30 new apprentices. Hurry – applications close tonight. Head over to jobtrain.co.uk.
BUILD a bright future with BELLWAY. The housebuilder is taking on 57 apprentices around the country. Search for your ideal role at bellway.co.uk/careers.
SALARY has overtaken flexibility as the top priority for job seekers, as the cost of living crisis bites.
A new report from recruiters Michael Page reveals 40 per cent of those looking to make a move are doing so to earn more money, compared to 30 per cent who want a more flexible working week.
Overall, 28 per cent of employees are actively looking for a new role, rising to 43 per cent of 18 to 34-year-olds.
Doug Rode, MD UK&I at Michael Page, said: “A year ago, flexibility might have overtaken salary in the checklist of job priorities.
“However, with inflation rising and the cost of living crisis putting pressure on workers across the country, it’s clear that the tables have turned once again.”
BOOST your net income by scoring a hot new job.
From 10am to 2.30pm today, Tottenham Hotspur is hosting a jobs fair featuring 50 top employers including Google, HSBC, retailer JD Sports, Ikea and the police.
Roles range from entry level, trainees and apprenticeships to graduate and management positions. The event, being held at Spurs’ spectacular stadium in North London, is open to anyone over the age of 18. No pre-registration is required.
Sarah Ebanja, chief executive of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “We look forward to opening our doors to people looking for what could be a life-changing opportunity.”
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