BOSSING IT – A blog from Emma Garrett, CEO Mallusk Enterprise Park

Are you thinking of taking a leap into the world of Self-Employment?

Firstly, take a moment and answer these few questions……


When you work for yourself you need to decide upon your own work pattern and have the discipline to stick to it.  There are often many distractions, particularly when you work primarily from a home office.  It also means being able to say “no” and to do so with confidence when a client or project isn’t the right fit for you. Being disciplined with staying on top of self-employed admin is also hugely important. You could think about outsourcing this aspect of your business to a book-keeper and / or virtual PA.


The onus is 100% on YOU to find ways to engage with others.  Even if you’re comfortable with spending time alone, align yourself with like minded people.  Attend networking events where you can make useful business connections and gather feedback on your business. Check out Women In Business NI where individual membership for women starts at just £45 per year.  Antrim and Newtownabbey Council have a fantastic schedule of free networking events lined up and you can view them here.

You may even consider setting up your business in a co-working space which offers you endless opportunities for networking. Meeting new people from different backgrounds is always a great way to grow and gain more knowledge. When many goal oriented and accomplished people share the same space at work, there are chances to meet great thinkers, established businesses and entrepreneurs.  This gives you an added benefit of outsourcing to these people who may be able to help you with your projects.   Send us a message here to be one of the first to view our co-working spaces in Mallusk when they are completed.


You will no longer have the stability of a monthly pay cheque.  This takes resilience, as does bouncing back after disappointments.  I’d recommend reminding yourself of your priorities and values at those particular times. 


If you are passionate about what you do, you stand a much greater chance of success.  You will also inspire others to start their own business too. Do you actually enjoy what you do?  People do business with people, never forget that.


You may already know what you are good at?  You are probably already shouting it from the rooftops.  However, do you know your weaknesses?  Don’t be afraid to ask for help!  Just because you are now your own boss it doesn’t mean you have to go it alone!  There are excellent support programmes available now.  See which one is the best fit for you here.