I have the pleasure of working with people who have not had paid work for some time due to either parenting/caring responsibilities, or in some cases redundancy. They are a very diverse group of individuals from those who have had well-paid executive jobs through to those who have had little work experience. They certainly teach me as much as I teach them about the world we live in.
They have one thing in common which is the determination to succeed. They are all looking at opening a business linked to a particular technical skill they have. The application of their technical skill is the easy part of their business. It is the business skills of finance, marketing, sales, IT and HR alongside their personal skills, values and required behaviours which will dictate their business success. If any of these are absent from the mix, their self-employed success dream will remain just that.