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  • Start up business ideas
    Many people decide that, with the New Year, they will change career or tackle a long-term ambition to start their own business. In fact, figures suggest that 96,000 new businesses were registered between March 2013 and March 2014. If you're looking for inspiration, see Start up business ideas.
  • What goals should you set for your business?
    It’s the start of a new year – no better time to set new goals for your business for the year to come. So what objectives should you be setting, and what's the key to achieving them?
  • Calculating your start-up costs
    Working out how much money you will need to set up your business is crucial. You will need to work out how much you need to cover numerous outgoings before you can even think about paying yourself. This guide will help you calculate your likely costs and keep them down.
  • How I began selling my product through supermarkets
    Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne was a professionally trained chef. When two of her children developed food allergies, she set out to create a loaf of bread that they could eat too and her company Genius was born. Lucinda explains how she began selling her range of gluten-free bread to major supermarkets.
  • Top tips for doing your own books
    Maintaining your own financial records – AKA doing your books – can seem daunting when you’re new to it. However, it’s an essential part of running your business. Elaine Clark of gives her top five tips on doing your own books.
  • Market research
    You might be convinced you’re on to a sure-fire winner, but failing to test your business idea before you launch is asking for trouble. Carrying out market research before you invest time and money on your venture is essential. The things you learn can help you enhance your offer, make selling that little bit easier and, above all, avoid expensive mistakes.
  • Recruitment, contracts, discipline and grievance
    Employees can be one of your greatest assets. They can also be the source of workplace conflict and disputes. Getting your employment polices, procedures and contracts right in the first place can help avoid most problems.
  • Registering as a sole trader
    Setting up a sole trader is quick and easy. Preparing sole trader accounts can be simple too. However, you may need a licence or permit to operate the type of business you plan to set up. You must also register for self assessment with HM Revenue & Customs.