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“If innovation and running your own business sound appealing, entrepreneurship could be for you.”


Entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals look to start up independent companies and businesses working for themselves. Often people make use of the skills they already have or realise a gap in the market.

Long hours and uncertain income during the early stages of the business mean anyone deciding to work for themselves will need be dedicated and enthusiastic even when the going gets tough.

If successful you can earn a lot of money, you reap the rewards of your own hard work, and you can work when it suits you to fit around other commitments. It can give you independence and job satisfaction. You choose what type of work to do and, as you are your own boss, you make your own decisions (and mistakes).

Skills you'll learn at South Devon College

  • presentation and communication skills
  • development of business plans
  • an understanding of the legal and real world requirements of setting up a business
  • marketing and sales
  • improved maths, English and IT skills

Your future

  • 85% of business, media and public service professionals will require qualifications at level 3 or above by 2020
  • 35,000 people will be employed within professional services across the South West by 2020. An increase of 37% on 2010 totals
  • 388,000 new jobs will be created nationally in the professional services sector by 2020. A 17% increase. 2,668,000 in total
  • 100% of Business and Tourism students moved forward into a positive destination, including employment, apprenticeships and further study
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