Guide to self employment in Ireland by Donncha Hughes


Are you thinking of starting a business in Ireland in the coming months?

I 2013, I wrote a short pdf entitled ‘Guide to Self Employment in Ireland’ which I hope that you find this a useful reference guide – it is free so please feel free to share. Later in 2017, I expanded the Guide and published as an eBook and created a webpage with all of the eBook content. The eBook was updated in December 2022.

About the Original Guide to Self-Employment in Ireland

The key to starting a business is business planning. This involves thinking about your ideal customer; deciding what your product and service will be; and how you are going to stand out in the market. You then figure out your business model (how you make money). You are then ready to get your first customers. But this guide is not really about business planning.

Because potential entrepreneurs often struggle to address business planning questions when they are caught up in the mechanics of starting a business. This guide seeks to clarify the rudiments of setting up a business so that the important business planning work can follow and/or be managed in unison.

Updated: November 2013

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