Life as a business owner: Natasha's story

Meet Natasha, 25, to find out more about her life as a model and as the owner and director of a business called Model Me. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"My dream is to change the culture of how models are treated."

  • Natasha always dreamt of attending university and graduated with a degree in Fashion Communication and Promotion
  • Using her experience as a model, she is building her business – a community-driven platform called Model Me
  • The aim of her business is to educate and empower models and creatives, through her events and podcast.

What to expect if you want to own your own business

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 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)

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