Membership body encourages young people to start their own business and define their future

Young people in further, higher and university education now have another incentive to take the plunge and start their own business, in the form of a new membership offering from IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed.

IPSE has created a student package, offering a range of tools and resources in addition to various events and discounts at a subsidised price.

The package was designed with the aim of supporting young people often working for themselves for the first time, joining the 4.5 million self-employed who already make up a substantial proportion of the UK’s workforce.

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The package costs £35 per year. Its benefits include:

• Start-up toolkits containing business templates and client contracts

• Guides to freelancing, marketing yourself and doing finances

• Events across the UK on subjects from tax to negotiating rates

• Webinars on subjects from CV writing to social media marketing

• Access to inspiring workhubs

• Discounts on hundreds of prominent brands including Apple and Dell

• Discounted full membership after graduation

• Being able to demonstrate professionalism as an IPSE member

Chris Bryce, IPSE CEO, commented:

The self-employed are one of the key driving forces behind the UK's economic growth. The number of 18-29 year olds going it alone to develop their own business has soared by 38 per cent since 2008, and we’re aware that there is a gap between the support provided by their university or higher education provider and what they need. It takes courage to start up from scratch – especially while in education – and our new membership package offers young professionals tools, advice and access to events that will help them succeed.”

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