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.