Self Employed Ireland: A new voice for 300k small business owners

Spurred on by the Covid-19 crisis, Self Employed Ireland has developed a new platform that will bring together self-employed communities from all over Ireland.

Self Employed Ireland has launched with the intention of being a national collective body providing supports and training to its members across all business sectors.

It has created a new online platform that will offer support to self-employed business owners as they struggle to cope with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We hope to provide valuable advice and support to business owners and help each other through these uncertain times”

SEI was set up by serial entrepreneur, Eddie Mulrooney, to bring together self-employed business owners all over Ireland to share knowledge, improve business partnerships and spread best practice.

Mulrooney is a Sligo-based entrepreneur who has run a range of businesses over the last 40 years. He has been a publican and a restaurant owner and previously ran a car wash and valeting business

Supporting business owners

SEI was due to launch as a paid platform later this year but the Sligo-based businessman decided to bring the launch forward and charge a nominal €2 membership as self-employed business owners struggle with the financial impact of the Coronavirus.

Through his research, he found that many start-ups run out of long-term supports and often become vulnerable in business. He recognised a need for a comprehensive and broad-ranging support system for self-employed business owners – of which there are more than 300,000 in Ireland.

Training will be provided through a community platform which includes accounts management, employee management, life skills, mindfulness, revenue matters, marketing and more. Members can decide which supports are best suited to their business needs.

“Working together can greatly improve the process, promotion and profitability of all our businesses while learning from each other and spreading best practice throughout the working society,” Mulrooney said.

“In this current climate, we are all being faced with financial difficulties from the Coronavirus pandemic. By launching SEI Ireland now, we hope to provide valuable advice and support to business owners and help each other through these uncertain times.”

Pictured above: Sligo entrepreneur Eddie Mulrooney, founder of Self Employed Ireland

Written by John Kennedy (

Published: 31 March, 2020