Be your own boss. Why 2018 is the year you should start a business

Startups has launched #BeYourOwnBoss2018 campaign to turn your business dreams into reality. Pledge to get started today and we'll help make it happen

This January, Startups has launched its #BeYourOwnBoss2018 campaign to help you make 2018 the year you take charge of your future – and get your business idea off the ground.

At least half of our current audience are yet to start a business, and there’s a plethora of reasons why. Whether you’re still looking for that lightbulb idea, struggling to get funding, are scared of failure, can’t find the time – the list can be endless, but when you really think about it, are any of these obstacles actually insurmountable?

Make no mistake, starting and running a business is by no means easy. And, of course, there’s a big difference between daydreaming about being your own boss and actually leaving behind job security to venture into the unknown, alone.

But, while there’s undoubtedly risks, there is also so much potential reward.

Starting a business is certainly not for everyone, and that’s absolutely fine. But if you are one of those people that always says “I’d love to start my own business, BUT…”, we want to help you change your mindset – and ditch the BUT for good.

Becoming an entrepreneur could enable you to realise your true passion, build a fantastic team of people you want to work with, and take control of your own destiny and success.

Your future is in your hands, it really does start with you; you just need to get started…

Pledge to start a business in 2018

… And we promise to help!

Startups has always celebrated and championed new businesses, and we’d like to think that we’ve played a part in our readers’ entrepreneurial journeys over the years, but in 2018 we want to really concentrate our efforts on helping you take those all-important first steps.

As part of this campaign, alongside some well-known ambassadors, we will pool our resources and our networks to give you the tools you need to be your own boss – we just need you to pledge that you will start a business in 2018.

So, what exactly are you committing to by pledging to get started in 2018?

Well, we’re certainly not expecting you to pack in your job in January and work full-time on your business. And we know that you’ll all be in varying positions both personally and professionally, and at different stages of the start-up journey.

What’s important is not what steps you take – but that this campaign inspires you to take some form of action. For instance:

  • Could you decide to spend just an hour a day working on refining your idea?
  • Or finally register that business name and domain you’ve been researching in your lunch breaks?
  • Or maybe you’ve been working on an idea and this is the push you need to tell the world?

All we’re asking is that you enter your email address above. Once you’ve pledged you’ll receive specific and tailored tools to help you on your start-up journey, and we’ll also be checking in with a number of you to follow and promote your stories.

And, of course, we’ll be sharing lots of love on social via #BeYourOwnBoss2018.

Why is 2018 a great time to start a business?

Hopefully, if you’ve read all of the above, you’re already convinced on starting a business. But, why should you get started right now?

Firstly, the UK’s small business sector is absolutely booming, with small firms contributing a huge £1.4 trillion to the economy this year.

What’s more, there’s more support than ever, both financially and from the government. And the start-up landscape itself is incredibly collaborative and supportive. We hear time and time again how helpful first-time entrepreneurs have found other business owners. Often, it’s a case of just taking that first step and reaching out to someone.

And, finally, you definitely won’t be alone. 50,000 people each month currently set up small businesses. Some of these may transform into the next Deliveroo or Made.com – and some will remain family-run, independents who provide local people with fantastic products or services.

While it’s the fast-growth tech firms that often dominate the headlines, we celebrate small business in all its forms – and have support tailored to reflect that.

The important thing is that there’s people, like you, taking the risk to follow their ideas and passions.

And we can’t wait to find out more about them…

Our aims for this campaign

  • To INSPIRE as many budding entrepreneurs as possible to become their own boss in 2018.
  • To HELP remove barriers to business success by giving you the tools you need to actually get started.
  • To CELEBRATE the fantastic existing Startups and wider small business community and help you build connections.
  • To SHOWCASE some of our start-up success stories, both from the past and new businesses that start as part of this campaign.

Pledging that you will get started in 2018 will be just the beginning – we promise there’ll be lots more exciting things to read, watch and participate in as part of this campaign.

So, what are you waiting for?