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.

We are 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 2018. [View last year's winner]

The Process

Each published story will enter into an annual competition where our network will vote for their most inspiring story.

Voting will be carried out on the PickYourself blog from the 1st November 2018 at 00:01 GMT and the competition will close on the 30th November 2018 at 23:59 GMT.

All stories published between 1 Feb 2018 and 31 October 2018 will qualify. The story with the highest number of votes during the voting month ( November 2018) will win the #PickYourselfUK Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 award.

The winner will be announced on the PickYourself Facebook Page on the 1st December 2018 at 7pm GMT.


The Prize

The winner will receive the Pick Yourself Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year award, -a beautifully engraved glass trophy.


Benefits of submitting an online interview and entering the contest.

In addition to the competition, submitting an online interview (your entrepreneurial story) 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 additional PR for your business



To Qualify

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?

  1. You are self employed or the owner of a company that does not specialise in the following areas: MARKETING (ALL), WEB DESIGN, GRAPHIC DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEOGRAPHY.
  2. Your business does not have more than 3 full-time, permanent, employees.
  3. 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.
  4. You give consent to the PickYourself team to share any or all images and text supplied in the interview submission.
  5. You give consent to be contacted by phone or by email about the contest and in regard to their interview submission.
  6. The information you provide is factual and correct at the point of submission.
  7. You give consent for us to edit the information you have provided to enhance readability. All content will remain factual.
  8. You and your business are based in the UK.

Interviews that do not meet the criteria outlined above will not be considered.


To Enter

Please complete as many of the questions below* and click on submit to enter the competition**

*Only one submission per business.  

**To increase your chances of being published, please ensure you give complete, detailed answers.

Name *
Tick the box to agree that you have read and understood the criteria and process of the competition and give consent to be contacted and for your story to be published on the Pick Yourself blog. *