The best location to be self-employed

The best cities in the UK to be self-employedIn the wake of the pandemic, more people are considering starting their own businesses we conducted research to find the best location to be self employed fro

The number of people searching ‘how to start a business with no money’ has more than doubled to 10,000 searches every month since March 2020, according to Google Search data.

Due to the number of people interested in self-employment in the UK and around the world, we thought it would be worthwhile to know where the best places for self-employment are.

On LinkedIn, we examined the number of people who have the job title of ‘founder’ and ‘owner’ and compared it to the overall number of people using the social media platform.

Here’s what we found:

Over 7% (7.84%) of the working population in Bath is self-employed, more than any other city in the United Kingdom.

Brighton & Hove follows closely with 7.73 percent. The top five cities with the highest percentage of business owners also include St Albans (7.31%), Worcester (6.37%) and London (6.35%).

The three least entrepreneurial cities in the UK are Aberdeen (3.23%), Coventry (3.31%) and Liverpool (3.59%)

The best cities in the UK to be self-employed:

  1. Bath – 7.84%
  2. Brighton & Hove – 7.73%
  3. St Albans – 7.31%
  4. Worcester – 6.37%
  5. London – 6.35%
  6. Chester – 6.3%
  7. Cambridge – 5.89%
  8. Edinburgh – 5.74%
  9. York – 5.7%
  10. Oxford – 5.49%
  11. Bristol – 5.48%
  12. Chelmsford 5.12%
  13. Norwich – 5.12%
  14. Exeter – 5.03%
  15. Swansea – 4.95%
  16. Plymouth – 4.90%
  17. Peterborough – 4.71%
  18. Cardiff – 4.59%
  19. Lincoln – 4.56%
  20. Manchester – 4.53%

One out of ten people in the Netherlands own their own business, making it the best country in the world for starting a business.

It is estimated that just under 9% of Costa Ricans own their own businesses. Haiti (7.61%), Denmark (7.27%) and the United States (7.03%) also rank among the top five.

The top countries in the world to be self-employed:

  1. Netherlands – 10.86%
  2. Costa Rica – 8.97%
  3. Haiti – 7.61%
  4. Denmark – 7.27%
  5. USA – 7.03%
  6. Estonia – 6.95%
  7. Israel – 6.69%
  8. New Zealand – 6.59%
  9. Poland – 6.45%
  10. Finland – 6.43%
  11. Greece – 6.20%
  12. Sweden – 6.14%
  13. Canada – 5.74%
  14. Ireland – 5.59%
  15. Lebanon – 5.54%
  16. Croatia – 5.36%
  17. Bulgaria- 5.08%
  18. Switzerland – 5.08%
  19. Australia – 5.08%
  20. Iceland – 5%

Our findings

Data was gathered from Google Search by analysing a number of the most searched for questions by those wanting to start a business using Glimpse.

According to our research, the best places to be self-employed are cities and countries around the world with the highest number of self-employed people.

To calculate the percentage of workers who run their own business, we compared this with the number of people with the job title ‘founder’ or ‘owner’ in each location.

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