Getting your business off on the right foot is all-important. Our helpful tips and guidance can show you how.
Thousands of people, just like you, have stepped into the world of self-employment and set up their own businesses.
There can be many benefits in going it alone, but as well as the advantages you need to think about the disadvantages too. It's also important to consider yourself and your situation. For example:
These 3 short guides run through what you need to think about.
Download our guide The pros and cons of self-employment
Download our guide Making a success of self-employment
Download our guide Working from home
Planning and organisation are crucial in the early stages of setting up a new business. You have a far higher chance of success if you take the time to prepare.
This section will guide you through:
Download our guide Starting your own business
Read our ten top tips which include writing a business plan, keeping costs low and adapting for change.
If you're starting a new business, a major practicality is where you're going to operate from - assuming you're not running it from home. Getting the right premises at the right price can be crucial to your success.
Key considerations include:
Our two guides will help you make the right property decisions so that your business premises don't turn from an asset into a liability.
Download our guide Getting the right premises
Download our guide Surveys, contracts and legal matters
For some businesses, the internet is their marketplace - their only sales outlet. But a website isn't just about selling goods online - it can bring other benefits which may be just as valuable, such as saving you time, money and raising your business's profile.
So whatever you're setting up in business to do, you should consider the benefits of being on the web. Our guide takes you through the key considerations.
Download our guide Setting up a website: key considerations
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