Enterprise Development Support Downloads

This section contains a list of useful documents and templates to assist you in setting up your business.

The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) scheme encourages people getting certain social welfare payments to become self-employed. If you take part in the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance scheme you can keep a percentage of your social welfare payment for up to 2 years. In order to be eligible for this scheme an applicant must be at least 9 months unemployed and in receipt of an eligible social welfare payment. Approval for this scheme is made by the Dublin North West Area Partnership’s Enterprise Support Team with a standard application consisting of the following completed forms:

The Short-Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA) gives support to people who have lost their job and want to start their own business.To qualify you must be getting Jobseeker’s Benefit. There is no qualifying period, which means you do not need to have been getting Jobseeker’s Benefit for a certain period of time. However, you will not qualify if you are getting Jobseeker’s Benefit and working part-time. From 4 April 2013 the Short-Term Enterprise Allowance is paid instead of your Jobseeker’s Benefit for a maximum of 9 months. It ends when your entitlement to Jobseeker’s Benefit ends (that is at either 9 or 6 months).


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Considering Self Employment : This document provides for a list of 20 Questions that every individual who is considering self employment should be able to answer before going forward in to their business.

Choosing a Business Structure: Once you have decided that you have a viable business idea, one of the first decisions that should be made is to decide on the legal vehicle through which you intend to carry out your business. This document outlines the type of business structures that are commonly used, and gives a list of factors to aid you in this consideration.

Registration of a Business Structure: This document examines the legal obligations required for each business structure discussed, such a Sole Trader, Partnership and Limited Liability Company.

Taxation and Vat for Small Enterprises: All businesses must be compliant with the current tax regime. To ensure compliance, you must be aware of the provisions applicable to your business structure, and make arrangements to ensure you will be in a position to meet these requirements. The following is a general outline of the various matters that might affect your business, however the advice of your professional financial advisor should be taken and followed from the start.

Thinking of Hiring an Employee: This document will aid you on the main legal obligations involved if you are thinking of hiring an employee for the first. It is important that before you bring an employee in to your business, that you understand that extra manpower also entails a whole new string of legal obligations, liabilities, expenses and, of course, paperwork.

How to Prepare an Invoice and an Invoice Template: This document outlines the various information that needs to be included in a business invoice. It also provides a working example of an invoice template that you can download and alter to suit your individual business.

Preparing a Business Plan: A Business Plan provides a complete description of the business and its plans for the next three to five years. It explains what the business does or plans to do; defines who will buy the products or services and why; includes financial forecasts; and indicates how much funding (if any ) is required to start and run the business. This document highlights the various section required in a business plan.

A Basic Guide to the Internet and Web Design: This well organised guide gives a practical overview of the Internet and the Web. It is aimed at individuals who are considering self employment and who have little or no experience in utilising the Internet or the Web.

Health, Safety and Welfare at Work: This document provides guidelines on how to prepare your own health and Safety Statement.

Tips for Reducing Your Cost Base

Tips for Efficient Credit Control

A New Information Booklet on the Services of Enterprise Section: The Partnership has just launched a new publication called “A Guide to Starting and Running your own Business”. The guide contains a wealth of information for anyone considering self employment and is available free of charge from the Partnership’s offices and also from the Jobs Facilitators in Social Welfare, Finglas and Social Welfare Navan Road. Anyone who would like a copy of the guide by post should contact the enterprise section of the Partnership.

Business Networking Tips and Techniques: This document offers an insight to the technique of successful Business Networking. The information contained in this document was taken from the following website http://www.businessballs.com/

Tips for Advertising on a Shoe String: If you have any queries in relation to any of the areas discussed, please do not hesitate to contact the Enterprise Section of the Dublin North West Area Partnership for advice.

Starting Your Own Business Guide (Toil & Trouble) : This guide was produced by the Department of Social Protection and gives practical advice on most areas of which an individaul who is considering self employment should be aware of. The enterprise section would recommend that any indivdual who is considering self employment should download and read this document.