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 set up an online store

Josh Barling is joint owner and CEO of eCommerce agency Sellerdeck. He shares his top tips for setting up an online store.

Financing a business

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Controlling a budget - checklist

Staying on top of your finances is vital if you want your business to succeed. Read our handy hints on controlling your budget.

Tax and National Insurance

Business law

Business planning

Growing your business - checklist

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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

Writing a press release - checklist

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Writing a press release - checklist

Use this checklist to help you write an effective press release, including how to structure it, what you need to include and what format to use.

Business premises

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Moving premises - checklist

Moving premises can be highly disruptive. It's important to plan how you can resume work with a minimum of time lost. Here's what to consider.

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.