Life as a pet food supplier: Callum's story

Meet Callum,19, from South Wales. Find out how set up his own pet food business, Clydach Farm Group. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"Running the business whilst in school was really challenging, but also incredibly rewarding as well."

  • Callum became a businessman as a teenager, selling eggs and chickens from his home
  • From humble beginnings, he expanded into producing dog food with a high nutritional value, inspired by his own beloved dog
  • Callum studied Science and Maths at school which help him with making the food and calculating costs.

What to expect if you want to be self-employed

Working for yourself looks different for each person and each business, but in general it means you:

  • run your own business and are responsible for its success
  • can decide how, when and where you do your work
  • charge an agreed, fixed price for your work
  • sell goods or services to make a profit
  • can hire people at your own expense to help you or to do the work for you.

The salary and working hours when you own a business can vary enormously but what's most important is that you work hard and love what you do.

You can be both employed and self-employed at the same time. You can work for your employer during the day, for example, and run your own business in the evenings and at weekends. It’s important to contact HMRC for advice if you’re not sure if you’re self-employed.

You can get help with setting up or developing your business, through the government’s business support services, for example, for advice about tax or how to find funding to start your business.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service, GOV.UK)

For careers advice in all parts of the UK visit: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

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