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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Running a business - overview

Having a viable business idea is only part of what you need to succeed. Your experience, knowledge and skill are crucial when running your business.

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Types of business - overview

Once you're satisfied your business idea is viable and you want to start, you face several choices about what form your business could or should take.

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Testing business ideas - overview

One of the best ways to avoid starting a new business that's doomed to failure is to test your business idea rigorously before you launch.

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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.

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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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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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Q&A: Should I employ a family member?

Employing a relative is quite different to recruiting someone else. There are some important tax and legal considerations which we explore here:

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Profile: The Online Entrepreneur

Aaron Chatterley, founder of feelunique.com, can thank drink for his hugely successful online cosmetics business, which made £1m profit in 2011.