The PickYourself #SelfStarterStories exist to support small business entrepreneurs and freelancers in sharing their entrepreneurial journeys.
This is where readers can learn from, and be inspired by, the gentle giants who picked themselves.
PickYourselfUK is passionate about celebrating small business entrepreneurs and inspiring those who have ideas but have yet to make the leap to becoming self-employed or starting a company.
Share your Entrepreneurial Story
We are conducting a series of online interviews to celebrate small business entrepreneurs and self-starters in their respective industries. Each interview will be transformed into a story and will be shared across our network.
Each published story will automatically qualify for the #PickYourselfUK Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year award 2019. [View last year's winner]
Each published story will enter into an annual competition where the general public will vote for their most inspiring story.
Entries close on 15 October 2019, voting takes place from 1 November 2019, and voting closes on 30 November 2019 at midnight. The 2019 Winner will be announced on the Pick Yourself UK website on Saturday, 7 December 2019 at 7pm GMT.
All stories published between 1 Feb 2019 and 15 October 2019 will qualify. The story with the highest number of votes* during the voting month ( November 2019) will win the #PickYourselfUK Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 award.
The winner will be announced on the PickYourself UK website on 7 December 2019 at 7pm GMT.
* VOTING: Each published entry will receive a unique link after the closing date. Each unique link is used to calculate the number of views the corresponding #SelfStarterStory receives. Each click counts as a vote, however click-bots are not permitted as sources will be checked and verified. If there is any indication that click-bots have been used, the entry will automatically be disqualified.
The winner of the Pick Yourself UK Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 will win a professional photography session worth £700 and a beautifully engraved trophy.
Benefits of submitting an online interview and entering the contest
In addition to the competition prizes, submitting an online interview (your #selfstarterstory) is an opportunity to:
Inspire hopeful entrepreneurs to take the next step and pick themselves too
Garner FREE additional exposure and reach for you business
Drive FREE traffic to your website
Create FREE PR for your business
Reach new customers
<PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE INFORMATION BELOW>
If you meet the criteria outlined below, we would be more than happy to consider sharing your story.
Unfortunately not all submissions are published. Please ensure your responses and the images you provide is high-quality content.
Do you meet the following criteria?
You are self-employed or the owner of a company.
Your business does not have more than 3 full-time, permanent, employees.
You give full consent to be promoted across all social media channels and platforms to celebrate successes however big or small and to inspire and educate the next generation of self-starters.
You give consent to PickYourself to share any or all images and text supplied in the interview submission.
You give consent to be contacted by phone or by email about the contest and in regard to their interview submission and follow-up.
The information you provide is factual and correct at the point of submission.
You give consent for us to edit the information you have provided to enhance readability. All content will remain factual.
You and your business are based in the UK.
Interviews that do not meet the criteria outlined above will not be considered.
Please complete as many of the questions below* and click on submit to enter the competition**.