How to become a market trader
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- working towards this role
- applying directly
- training with a business organisation
You could do a college course, which may help if you're setting up your own business.
- Level 1 Award in Principles of Business Start Up
- Level 2 Award in Setting Up Your Own Business
- Level 2 Certificate in Aspects of Preparing to Set Up in a New Business
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
You could start by working on a stall part time or at car boot sales. You'll learn on the job from experienced traders, sharing their knowledge and watching their sales methods. Once you've got experience, you could apply to set up your own stall.
You can contact your local council for information on licensing rules and how to apply for one of their market stall. For example, you may have to rent a stall on a casual basis before you can apply permanently.
You could contact your local further education college as they may run short self-employment courses. They can also direct you to community organisations in your local area that help people who want to start their own business.
If you're 18 to 30 years old, you may be able to find help and support to set up a business through the Prince's Trust.
Do your research on what sells well. You may have an advantage if you're offering something different from other traders.
You can find useful short courses and free resources to help you start your own business on sites like:
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the National Market Traders Federation for advice and training to support your business.
You can find out more about becoming a market trader and setting up your business through the National Market Traders Federation.