Further reading about self-employment in STEM
Thewebsite is a good starting point for those thinking of self-employment.
The Federation of Small Businesses offers general and financial advice to its members as well as networking opportunities.
The Citizens Advice Bureau has more information about legal and tax issues.
The following organisations offer help specifically for female entrepreneurs:
Prowess is a network of organisations and individuals who support the growth of women’s business ownership. This is probably the best place to start in order to find a more local support organisation.
Everywoman is an online network and resource provider for women business owners that offers training, advice and inspiration.
Further reading about legislation
There are more details on flexible working rights on the ACAS website.
The UK Government website contains more general information about employment rights in the UK.
Employment rights vary between countries, but all European countries have to comply with EU legislation. If you are living or thinking of working in another EU country it would be worth checking on local legislation.
Further reading on working from home
Health and safety guidance on working alone whether as self-employed or as an employee is included in this Health and safety guidance for lone workers brochure by the Government.