Teenager Kieza: Why I'm starting my own small business
25 January 2013 Last updated at 06:08 GMT
Organisations which help young people to start their own businesses say they've seen a rise in interest in the last 12 months.
Kieza De Sousa, 19, from London, has been given a small government loan to help him run his T-shirt printing business.
He says after leaving school aged 16 he struggled to get a job, but used skills that he developed at a community project to start his company.