Start Up blog

Latest blogs

Ten great ideas for a start-up

Date: 28 May 2024


Top seven start-up mistakes you should avoid

Date: 23 May 2024


A happy team of small business empployees

14 small business employee benefits to boost satisfaction

Attracting and retaining the best employees can be more difficult for smaller businesses. We share 14 ways you can boost employee satisfaction and become an employer of choice.

Date: 1 May 2024 By:

A happy man completes the annual small business survey

Annual Donut survey reveals positive picture

What are the key challenges that sole traders and small businesses are facing and how do business owners expect to fare in 2024? We share our 2024 survey results.

Date: 10 April 2024 By:

It's spring and a small business owner is spring cleaning their finances and accounts

Spring clean your business finances and tax admin

Spring cleaning your business finances and tax affairs can be beneficial. You could cut costs, save time, boost profits and understand business performance better. We share seven spring admin tips.

Date: 18 March 2024 By:

A first-time entrepreneur and his mentor discuss working strategies

Start up mentor: why you need one and where to find one

As a start up business owner, you need to manage various aspects of the business. A mentor, with experience in your sector, can help you start and run your business and avoid unforeseen pitfalls.

Date: 1 March 2024 By:

A team analyse the business plan produced using an AI planner

The future of business plans: the benefits of using AI

Writing a business plan can be daunting and time consuming for novices and seasoned entrepreneurs alike. In this blog, we look at how AI is revolutionising the business planning process.

Date: 9 February 2024 By:

A pay slip and money

How will 2024 tax and NIC changes impact you?

The Chancellor announced some changes to National Insurance in his Autumn Statement. We look at what is changing in the realm of tax and National Insurance in 2024.

Date: 8 February 2024 By:

African female businesswoman is planning her textile business growth strategy.

Organic growth: the entrepreneur's challenge

Organic growth relies on internal resources and capabilities rather than external acquisitions and investments. We explore the unique challenges of organic growth and how to overcome them.

Date: 30 January 2024 By:

Get small business information from Business Companion

Business Companion: a reliable voice in the misinformation age

In a world of fake news and misleading information, small businesses need reliable information that they can rely on. Backed by the government, Business Companion contains impartial free information.

Date: 29 January 2024 By:

A female creative helps a sole trader build her website

B2B expert matchmaking for sole traders

Running a small business means wearing many hats. However, some tasks are better outsourced to an expert. Here's how a service platform can help you find the expert help your business needs.

Date: 18 January 2024 By:

A man is usning an app on his phone

Real-world problems that can be solved with a start up app

These days it seems there's an app for almost everything. We share some real-world examples of problems that can be solved with an app that might inspire the creation of your own small business app.

Date: 16 January 2024 By:

AI budget planner and management by robot

The best tips for using AI to plan your business

AI is becoming increasingly important to businesses and these days it can help you improve your business planning. We learn more in this blog.

Date: 16 January 2024 By:

A woman is confused by self assessment tax return rules and allowances

Six common sole trader tax return mistakes

Sole trader self assessment tax return mistakes are not uncommon. We explore the six most common mistakes and explain how you can avoid them.

Date: 4 January 2024 By:

A woman enjoys her Airbnb bedroom

HMRC crackdown: how could it affect Airbnb hosts?

If you rent out property via Airbnb, HMRC may have you in their sights if you have not been paying tax on the income. Mike Parkes of GoSimpleTax explains more.

Date: 3 January 2024 By:

A craft jeweller creates bespoke pieces ssecure in the knowledge her side hustle is proper;y insured

Does your side hustle need insurance in 2024?

The number of people running a UK side hustle is booming. However, running a side hustle without the proper protection could be costly. Markel Direct explains why you might need insurance.

Date: 3 January 2024 By:

New business owners

A start up's guide to business formation

Limited company status affords you a degree of protection from your business' fortunes. Here's how to register your limited company.

Date: 13 December 2023 By:

A female entrepreneur stands outside her new business

Eight ways we can help you start a business in 2024

Eight things to do if you’re planning to start a business in 2024. Get free guides, listen to business podcasts and subscribe to the Donut newsletter.

Date: 13 December 2023 By:

A man in a Christmas jumper at work

2023 in review: Side hustles, influencers and AI

The best advice for small businesses published on the Donut websites in 2023, including articles, guides, news, blogs and podcasts.

Date: 13 December 2023 By:

What does the * mean?

If a link has a * this means it is an affiliate link. To find out more, see our FAQs.