Start up costs

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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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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Purchasing effectively - checklist

Effective purchasing can make the difference between business profit and loss. Our helpful checklist explains how to get the best from your purchases.

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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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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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Controlling costs - checklist

Our helpful checklist will show you the areas to target when you're trying to understand or reduce business costs.

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Negotiating a purchase - checklist

Many people are unsure when it comes to negotiating purchases, but you could be allowing suppliers to walk all over you. Read our helpful tips.

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Start up costs calculator

Visit the bplans.co.uk website to use an online calculator that could help you work out your start up costs before you launch your business.

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Q&A: Calculating start-up costs

Martin Dunne of Sayers Butterworth chartered accountants explains how to work out how much starting a new business will cost from the outset.

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Q&A: Limiting start-up costs

Geoff Wightwick of accountancy and business service provider Baker Tilly watches the pennies and provides advice on how to start up on a shoestring.

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Q&A: Sales forecasting

Sales forecasting is key to cash flow control, but it can be difficult for new businesses, because they don't have any past sales figures to go on.