Start up business ideas

You need to have a viable business idea. You must also have what it takes to make it work. You also must have enough money.

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Start up business ideas - overview

For a successful business, you need a viable business idea, the skills to make it work and the funding. Discover whether your idea has what it takes.

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Running a business - overview

A viable business idea is only one factor in business success. Learn how experience, knowledge and skill are also crucial to running a business.

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Types of business - overview

You have satisfied your business idea is viable. The next step is to decide what form your business should take. We explore the options.

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Testing business ideas - overview

To avoid starting a new business that's doomed to fail, you must test your business idea rigorously. Discover how to test your business ideas.

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Buying a franchise

Franchising allows you to set up a business following a proven formula - although you'll be subject to restrictions. Our guide to franchising.

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Developing new products - checklist

Use this checklist to help to develop new products, from developing new ideas to setting budgets, deciding on product specification and prototyping.

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How to start your own business - e-book

Although it takes hard work, running your own business can be hugely satisfying. Our guide gives you the lowdown on all the key issues to think about.

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Managing your stress - checklist

Running a business is a big responsibility, and can often lead to stress. Read our hints on how to manage overwork and associated health problems.

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Managing your time - checklist

Poor time management causes stress and longer work days. This checklist will help you get on top of your schedule.

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Market research

Market research helps you spot opportunities, reduce risks and make better decisions. How to find the information you need.

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Profile: The Ethical Businessman

Although Friska founders have big plans for their Bristol-based takeaway with a difference, as Mark Williams finds out, profit is not their only goal.

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Profile: The Flip-Flop Philanthropist

Gandys flip-flops uses some of its profits to help orphans in India – just one reason this fast-growing flip-flop brand continues to win admirers.