Setting up on your own can be a daunting prospect — but this careers event at the North Town Community Base in Denmark Square, Aldershot, offers all the professional advice you need to start putting your plans into action.

The free drop-in session is a joint venture between Link2Learn, the Prince's Trust and the Employment Service.

Nick Giles of the Prince's Trust will provide professional advice and finance for young people aged 18 to 30 wanting to launch their own business venture.

He will also be available to offer general business start-up advice to people of all ages.

Nick will be joined by Kerry Wiggins (pictured) from Link2Learn, a partnership of organisations offering information, advice and guidance about jobs, careers and learning opportunities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Kerry, an information and advice worker, will talk through the different options available, give details of training opportunities and point people in the direction of specialist agencies.

Sally Webber from Aldershot JobCentre will also be informing lone parents about options for starting their own business under the New Deal, which helps single parents gain training and work experience.

Mr Giles says it is crucial that people seek professional advice before starting their own business.

"You need to sit down and talk through your business plan with someone because it might have weaknesses which you haven't spotted," he said.

"The most important thing is your market research. I always ask people what research they've done and how they know there's a need for what they're offering."

Kerry says she is often asked about business start-up and working from home.

"It's a popular option, particularly for those who find it difficult to participate in the normal nine-to-five labour market, such as people with young children or people with disabilities.

"The drop-in is a good opportunity for people to spend a little time looking at what they want out of life, something busy parents don't usually have much time for."

The event, which runs from 2pm to 4pm, is open to everyone.

Kerry and Sally hold general careers advice sessions at the North Town Community Base on the last Tuesday of each month. For more information ring Kerry on 0771 406 4189 or 01256 467666.