How to own and run a sustainable business: Karina's story

Meet Karina – she’s 24, and the co-founder of Flawsome! Drinks which is based in Cardiff. Find out about her life as the owner of a business that's tackling food and plastic waste. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"I believe in a sustainable future where there is no food waste and no food poverty."

  • Karina's company makes drinks from ugly, but edible fruit that would otherwise be thrown away. They sell them in recyclable glass bottles
  • The business was created to tackle food and plastic waste in the food and drink industries
  • To enhance her skills and knowledge of running a successful business, Karina is studying for a degree in Human Resource Management.

What to expect if you want to own your own business

Karina owns a sustainable drinks company with her husband and co-founder. 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, fix 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 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 about how to find funding to start your business.

Source: GOV.UK

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