Start up business ideas

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How to start your own business - free guide

Although it takes hard work, starting and running your own business can be hugely satisfying. Our free start-up guide gives you the lowdown on all the key issues to think about when starting a business.

Set up a business

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How to start a business

How to start a business: everything you need to know, from choosing a business name and registering a company to writing a business plan.

Financing a business

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Controlling credit - checklist

To avoid the risk of late payment - or no payment at all - it's essential to vet the people you offer credit to and make your terms clear.

Tax and National Insurance

Business law

Business planning

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Growing your business - checklist

Unless you are happy as you are, you will be looking for ways to develop and grow your business. These ten steps will lead you in the right direction.

Sales and marketing

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Market your new business

How to market your new business, including doing a SWOT analysis, developing a marketing strategy, creating a marketing plan and hitting sales targets

Business premises

Employees

Scale up your business

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Franchise your business

Turning your business into a franchise could offer an effective and less risky way to expand significantly. Find out what it involves.