• 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    Analysing your business SWOT

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    Understanding your businesses strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats will help your business prosper. We’ll take you through:

    • How to complete a SWOT analysis
    • Use your analysis
    • Avoiding the pitfalls

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