Getting Started Guide

A guide to finding financial support for your new career. Financial Support may be available for you…

 Step 1 The Technical Support Grant at your Local Social Welfare Office

Step 2 Enterprise Allowance Grant at your Local Social Welfare Office

Step 3 Trading Online Voucher with your Local Enterprise Office

Step 4 Insurance with AIT, Ireland, and the UK’s largest Membership

Step 5 Register Your Business Name at the Company Register Office

Step 1 Explained 

If you are on Social Welfare

This grant is available to anyone on a social welfare payment. Call your local social welfare office and ask for an appointment with your case officer and ask for the Technical Support Grant Form.

This is a grant that is available to people who are on certain social welfare payments and is valued at up to €1,000 per year. Click the link below for more information.

Choose the course that you are interested in.

This is a grant that is available to people who are on certain social welfare payments and is valued at up to €1,000 per year. Click the link below for more information on your course, and show your case officer. Your case officer will fill out the form. Pop into us or post the form to us Postal address: AINTNAILZ, Townmore House, Main Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. R35 F6W7

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Step 2 Explained

After you complete your course.

Apply for the Enterprise Grant to start your new business. See details and links below.

After you complete your course. You can avail of the Enterprise Allowance Schemes. For this step, you will need to make an appointment with a case officer at your local Social Welfare Office

Grant Overview:

The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) scheme is an excellent opportunity for anyone seeking to become self-employed. The scheme allows you to keep a percentage of your social welfare payment for up to 2 years (100% for the 1st year and 75% for the 2nd year). You can apply online or pop into your local social welfare office fill out the form and you will get an appointment to meet with a Case Officer who assesses your suitability for the scheme.

In addition, there is a grant worth €2,500 that can be used for different services, such as accountant fees, equipment, e.g. table, beauty couch, chairs, stationary, basically any equipment or service that you may need to start your new business.

“When you are successful in your application for the Back to Work Grant, you will also be appointed a business and life coach from your Local Development Company, together, you develop a business plan, which includes finances, profit & loss predictions, insurance, equipment, etc.”

Click here for more information or to apply if you are eligible.

Step 3 Explained

Trading Online Voucher (If you choose to have a website if not, skip this step)

The Trading Online Voucher scheme is funded by the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment (DETE) and is aimed at established micro businesses, including sole traders, with little or no trading online capability.

The scheme offers a grant of up to €2,500 (subject to match funding) to help micro-enterprises (10 employees or less) to develop their e-commerce capability, and in turn, reap the positive enterprise impacts of trading online.

Only applications made online via the “Apply Now” link below will be accepted and provided the half-day Information Seminar has been completed.

  • Vouchers will be available to a maximum value of €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure (excluding VAT), whichever is the lesser
  • It is a mandatory requirement of this scheme that prospective applicants participate in an information session. Applicants for a second voucher are required to participate in an information session. All applicants must have attended an information session in the last 9 months
  • Voucher approval must be gained prior to incurring any expense. Any receipts submitted that predate application approval will be deemed ineligible
  • Own labor is not an eligible expense
  • Third-party costs only will be considered
  • All third-party/supplier invoices must contain proper business details (e.g Tax and Business Registration details)
  • There are categories of business excluded from the Trading Online Voucher Scheme as defined by their NACE Code. A number of sectors are identified by their NACE Codes in which exclusions apply in terms of the Trading Online Voucher Scheme. The NACE Code for a business can be checked via CRO Registration.

(Please Note: The above terms are subject to change at short notice)

Eligible Businesses

The vouchers are targeted at businesses with the following profile:

  • Limited of no trading online presence
  • 10 or less employees
  • Turnover of less than €2m
  • Applicant business must be trading for at least 6 months*
  • Business must be located in the area covered by the LEO to whom they make their application i.e. LEOs cannot accept applications from businesses located outside their jurisdiction so go to your local Enterprise Office.
  • Previous voucher recipients may apply for a second voucher

*applicant businesses must provide clear proof of trading for a minimum of 6 months to their Local Enterprise Office prior to applying (please look at section 2.3).

Step 4 Explained

Register Your Business Name with the Company Register Office in Dublin

This step can be done online, it’s a quick and east process. “I always recommend registering your business name with the Company Registration Office as soon as you decide to start your new business. Please follow the link below.”

Step 5 Explained

Insurance with AIT (Associated Irish Therapists)

Firstly start out with student insurance, then when you qualify and feel confident to start your business and start charging for your work, this insurance provider will use your €37 student membership fee toward your full membership fee of €199.50

Individual Nails, Tanning & Makeup Insurance with ABT Insurance:

Includes full insurance to the levels detailed for nail treatments, makeup, tanning, and the application of eyelash extension for€182.00. They provide affordable insurance solution which includes coverage to work from home, a salon, or any other safe location in Ireland.

  • Up to €6.5 million Professional Treatment Risks Insurance should anything happen while performing a treatment or acting otherwise in your professional capacity
  • €6.5 million Public Liability should any accidents occur
  • €6.5 million Product Liability should there be any injury or loss arising from the products  supplied whether to  clients or up to certain limits on a retail basis also

In addition, They give unlimited defense costs per claim with an unlimited number of claims in a year.

When deciding to start your business in 2023, there are several financial and practical supports available to you, from course fees to starting your own business, planning, and preparation stages can be daunting, but there is amazing support if you know where to find it. If you want to discuss any of the steps above email or call Deborah directly on 05793 60719 / 0877998915.
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