Be your own boss

Could working for yourself work for you?

Instead of waiting for someone to give you a job, why not create your own?

Many people dream of starting their own business and, with the right start, many of our students have gone on to make that dream a reality. If you think you've got what it takes to set up your own business, then there's no better place to start than at Gateshead College. We can provide you with all the right help and advice to support your ambition and help you create your own employment.


of young people believe they will be their own boss within the next five years.

Could it be for you?

Fancy yourself as an entrepreneur, constantly thinking about new business, product or service ideas? Why not take this simple quiz from The National Skills Academy and see if you've got what it takes.

  • 1Which would you find more enjoyable?

    (a) Dealing with real-life situations, closing a deal, winning a new client.

    (b) Day dreaming about products that don't yet exist.
  • 2Which description best suits you?

    (a) I relate more to people, things and information.

    (b) I respond powerfully to beauty and often find it in things others don't.

  • 3When you hit a block in reaching your goal, what are you more likely to think?

    (a) If I can just stick to my game plan and persevere, I'll get there, I've done it before.

    (b) Maybe there's another way to reach my goal, besides, I'd rather try something new anyway.

  • 4If you're forced to break a promise to your best friend, which would you be more likely to say to yourself?

    (a) Well, we're good friends; they will understand.

    (b) I'll either find a way to keep my promise or make it up to them somehow.

  • 5Which statement best describes what you do when faced with a task you don't like?

    (a)The sooner I get this out of the way, the sooner I won't have to think about it any more.

    (b) I know I've got to do it sometime – just not now.

  • 6After you've been to a party with a lot of other people, which are you most likely to feel?

    (a) Energised, maybe even sorry to leave the party.

    (b) Tired and ready for some quiet time alone.

  • 7On holiday how would you prefer to spend your time?

    (a) Going, doing, and seeing as much as possible.

    (b) Relaxing, reading, and kicking back.

  • 8When you've been successful at something, you feel it's mostly because:

    (a) You've worked harder and are smarter than a lot of other people.

    (b) You've had a lot of help from others, great opportunities, and a little luck.

  • 9The results

    Count up how many A's and B's you have:

    Very few A’s: Is the life of an entrepreneur really for you?

    Mainly A’s: Don't hang around. You were born for business.

    Skills and qualities of an entrepreneur

    Able to make decisions
    Open minded
    Good at planning

    We can help

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    Ground Floor, Hub at Construction College
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    Skills Academy for Automotive, Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics


    Get in touch

    Telephone: 0191 490 2216

    Give us 30 minutes of your time and let’s get you started.

    Think you've got it in you? Book an appointment now.