Young biz people

Starting a business straight out of university

Funmilaya Aiyenuro graduated from university three months ago, and she’s ready to get started as a young entrepreneur.  She’s literally putting the ingredients of her business together.
She’s be doing consultations and training in making your own natural cosmetics, and providing clients with bespoke natural beauty products.
Currently she’s finalising her recipes, getting her products tested, and building her network of contacts. 

Teaching dance full time

Christine is clearly full of energy, but when I saw her six months ago she looked drained. Life in IT support in the City clearly wasn’t suiting her.

“For six months, I was just going to work, coming home, eating my dinner, and going to bed,” she says.

I saw her again a few weeks ago, and she was glowing. She’s gone full time with teaching dance, Pilates and Zumba. What a nice change to see!

Professional musician, and full time student

Evan Katz initiated himself into the tribe of the self employed at the age of 16.

“I’ve always not been a fan of kind of the standard teenage jobs. I mean all my friends kind of have cashier jobs, or they’ll work as like a lifeguard or something. So I used to give guitar lessons and I realized that what I really liked doing was playing guitar and singing.”

Now Evan’s funding his student years by making music. “The main source of my income is as a professional musician.”

Setting up a dogwalking business

Dan Leuw has worked as a gardener in the west country, an English teacher in Vietnam, and a digital mapping technician for DEFRA.  These days he enjoys an outdoor lifestyle, in central London, by walking dogs for a living.
I talk to Dan in our local park and as we start we are interrupted by a nearby shout. 
“Is Margot allowed a treat?” rings out a deep voice. 
“Yes,” shouts Dan, and turns to face me again before twisting back to add “but make her sit.”

Starting out as a personal trainer

Levente Lambert came to London from Hungary, keen to improve his English, and seek out better opportunities than he could find at home.

“In Hungary, the economy is really bad. Wherever you go, even if you have full diplomas, it’s really difficult to get a job.”

“So, many people are coming to the UK, even with several diplomas, and they are working in Starbucks or Café Nero. They earn more money here, working as a barista, than they do there working as a teacher or something.”

Part time music tuition

Luke* has been tutoring since he graduated with a music degree a few years ago.

“It’s something that you can do very easily if you have a skill, you’ve had the training and you’ve got the experience. It’s also a way of getting further experience and, bluntly, it pays the rent.”

After he graduated, “I printed business cards. I went online, a really helpful website that creates snazzy business cards, because I’m hopeless at all of that kind of thing."

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