• We understand the challenges of starting up a new business. We’ve brought together a wealth of practical knowledge and comprehensive guides to help you get off to the right start.

  • Is self-employment right for me?

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    Before you start working for yourself, it’s a good idea to consider all the implications of being self-employed, including:

    • the pros and cons
    • the personal qualities and business skills you need
    • how to protect your family life.

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    Starting up your own business

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    When you take the time to plan and prepare your business before starting up, you boost your chances of success. We’ll take you through:

    • the first stages of planning, organising your finances
    • important bodies to contact
    • how to make an impact in your sector.

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    Writing your business plan


    You’ll find it helpful to put together a business plan to plot the future of your business – from where you are now, to where you want to be in the future, and how you intend to get there. We take you through:

    • how a business plan helps you plan
    • important things to include
    • the basics of writing your plan.

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    Understanding your market

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    It’s essential to understand what your customers want – and what the competition offers. We cover:

    • why market research is important
    • different types of market research
    • how to improve your market awareness.

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    Ten steps to start-up success


    Take the time to plan and prepare, and your business will be more likely to succeed. Our ten simple steps include:

    • doing your groundwork
    • using free publicity
    • being ready to adapt.

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    Finding the right property


    The right premises are often a vital part of a successful business. We help you look at the key issues including:

    • finding a property that suits your needs (what to look for)
    • buying versus leasing
    • legal essentials and surveys.

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    The legal essentials


    By understanding, from the outset, the laws that may affect your business, you can save time and money in the long run. We look at the legal basics you’ll need to:

    • set up your business
    • name your business
    • run your business.

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