Financing a business

Many people struggle with the financial side of managing their small business. Not everyone has a head for figures or wants to become an accountant.

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Financing a business - overview

Many people struggle with the financial side of managing their small business. Not everyone has a head for figures or wants to become an accountant.

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Start up funding - overview

Raising enough money to start a small business can be difficult. It begins with working out your operating costs for the year, compared against sales.

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Setting prices - overview

Setting prices right is a crucial task. Go too high or low and it can have disastrous consequences for your business. Find out how to set prices.

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Cash flow - overview

Effective cash flow management is crucial. The business cliché is true: turnover is vanity; profit is sanity; cash is reality. But what does it mean?

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Start up costs - overview

Providing it doesn't restrict your business operations, keep your start-up costs to a minimum, or you'll have pressure to generate more money quicker.

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Q&A: Producing invoices

If you've never produced an invoice before, how do you know what to include? Chartered accountant Elaine Clark answers key questions about invoices.

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Budgeting

While you can't know exactly what the future holds, budgeting reduces uncertainty and helps you anticipate problems. Here's how to create a budget.

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Getting a grant for your business

Securing grant funding could really help your business develop. Here's how to identify relevant schemes and manage the application process.

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Negotiating

Good negotiation depends on setting clear objectives, including knowing where you will and won't compromise. Our guide to getting the right deal.

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Price your product or service

Your prices can have a dramatic effect on sales and profits - the right price is competitive while protecting your profit margins. Our overview.

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Purchasing

For many businesses, a 1% cut in costs can have the same impact on profit as a 10% increase in sales. Our guide to efficient purchasing.

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Cutting costs: where do I start?

When your business is ticking over nicely, you can keep spending focused on the right areas. Limiting expenditure could keep you in the black.

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Financing your new business

Finance is important to any business. We explain 12 common sources of start-up and development finance for businesses needing cash.

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Make a claim for money you're owed

British businesses could be missing out on international trade opportunities due to lack of confidence or understanding of what support is available.

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Business finance for beginners

This Videojub interview has tips from ensuring healthy cash flow and opening a business bank account to simple bookkeeping and attracting investment.