Whether you’re a native to Ireland or have moved here from abroad, finding work can be harder for everyone these days. If you haven’t found the perfect job, you could consider creating your own dream job and business. Not only will you be creating employment for yourself, that can take all of your skills and strengths into account, but you could create jobs for others as well.
Take a look at what you have to offer. What do you love to do? What are you great at? What languages do you speak? What contacts do you have? It might even be something you’ve never considered as a ‘work’ option, many people end up turning hobbies and passions into viable work. And what’s great about this is it means you begin to get paid to do what you love doing anyway. If you’ve already decided starting your own business, or expanding it, is something you want to do, these steps and resources within Ireland should help get you on your way.
Start Your Own Business Training
Courses are offered at a low price or free to many by SOLAS, the further training and education authority in Ireland. Most centres around Ireland offer great Start Your Own Business courses in the evenings to help you understand the basics before you start out. While they may not cover everything you need, you learn enough to know what else you need to find out more about or what skills you need to improve on before beginning your venture.
Register Your Company
In Ireland, you’ll need to register either your name, if you intend to operate as a sole trader, or your company name with the Companies Registration office. Through them, you’ll receive a certificate and a CRO number which you’ll need for registering for tax. You can find the link to the CRO site in our Business in Ireland resources >
Getting Advice & Opportunities for Your Business
Enterprise Ireland is the government agency responsible for the development and promotion of the indigenous business sector. Their aim is to accelerate the development of world-class Irish companies to achieve strong positions in global markets, so they’re going to do what they can to help you. They offer everything from basic advice on starting your own business, to mentorship programmes and information on finding investors. If you’ve moved to Ireland from Russia or indeed anywhere else in the world, it’s likely you’ll have contacts abroad that you can use to your advantage to position yourself well on the global market. You can make an appointment to discuss opportunities with them through their website. Start Your Own Business >
Your Website & SEO
For small to medium sized businesses, whether you’re offering products or services, the web offers a great way to start out if you haven’t yet got the resources to rent a physical premises. Dublin is a thriving ‘tech hub’ when it comes to web designers, developers and social media experts, but make sure to choose a company or individual who understands your business, your budget and your needs. Keep in mind that these days, just having a website may not be enough. Google is one of the top ways people find what they want online, so you’re going to need some SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) work on your site to make sure you’re found. If you’re marketing your services locally or nationally, make sure the language you use is local and that you’re listed in Google Maps. If you’re expanding your business and want to appear in search results globally or in specific countries, you’ll need to invest in website localisation. If you want to appear in search results in France, make sure you have a French translation of your website. International SEO is something that requires professional translators, so don’t expect Google to do all the work for you. Hiring the right people will pay off.
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