Can’t find a job? Why not create your own!


Are you struggling to land a job or find one that fits your skills and experience? Have you thought about creating your own?

You may have a once in a lifetime game changing idea but more likely, you have a hobby or interest that you can turn into a job. The good news is that the gig, remote and online economy make running your own business more possible than ever.

Three things to get you thinking:

1. Start with what you love, but don’t get too stuck on it.

  • What you love is often what you’re good at and what you spend a lot of time on. But you also need to think about where you can fill a need and make money.
  • To get you started, check out our Getting to know yourself video.

2. What and where is the need?

  • If you can fill a need, this could be the start of creating your own job.
  • Think about what you notice in your community, other jobs you’ve had or a service you’ve used. Was there something missing or needing improvement?
  • Examples: Maybe you love gardening and you’ve noticed the local schools, cafés or other businesses need garden maintenance – maybe starting your own garden maintenance or mowing business is a possibility. If you are crafty or artistic, it could be making and selling things that people need. Or maybe you are great at technology and can offer your IT services in your community.

3. Do you have what it takes?

  • If creating your own job or starting a business is just about having a good idea, then why doesn’t everyone do it? The truth is there are attributes and skills you’ll need to run a successful business, no matter how small.
  • Check out the Do I have what it takes to start a business article by SelfStart to see if you have what it takes to go it on your own.

Where can I go for help or more info?

Feeling nervous but inspired? Below is more information to help you explore the possibilities.

1. Starting your business checklist

This checklist covers many of the basic things you need to consider when starting a business and can be found on the website.

2. SelfStart Online Hub

SelfStart has information to guide you through the first stages of starting your own business including planning, developing an idea, finding local support, and perfecting your pitch.

3. 'Exploring being my own boss’ workshops

This Two week workshop gives people a taste of what’s involved in self-employment and starting a business.

4. New Business Assistance with NEIS

New Business Assistance with NEIS offers help through tailored training, mentoring and income support (if eligible) to people who want to become self-employed by starting a business.

5. Entrepreneurship Facilitators

Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide practical assistance and support to encourage people to start a business as a way to create their own job.

6. The pros and cons

Check out the SelfStart Pros & Cons of starting a business article for some of the good (and the not so good!) of starting your own business.

7. Real life stories

Get to know the job seekers who have grown their own businesses - watch the SelfStart Real Life Stories videos.