Financing a business

It is likely you will need funding to start your business unless you have your own money. Discover some of the main sources of start up funding.

Financing a business - overview

It is likely you will need funding to start your business unless you have your own money. Discover some of the main sources of start up funding.

Start up funding - overview

Raising enough money to start a small business can be difficult. Find out how to calculate how much you need and where you can obtain funding.

Setting prices - overview

Setting prices is a crucial task and getting it wrong can be disastrous for your business. Find out how to set prices to maximise profitability.

Cash flow - overview

Effective cash flow management is crucial. Learn tips and techniques to help you maintain a positive cash flow and keep your finances in the black.

Start up costs - overview

Start up costs can quickly escalate unless you keep them under control. Learn which costs you may incur and how to calculate and minimise them.

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Q&A: Limiting start-up costs

Geoff Wightwick of accountancy and business service provider Baker Tilly watches the pennies and provides advice on how to start up on a shoestring.

Getting a grant - checklist
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Getting a grant - checklist

Your business might be entitled to claim a grant. Here's how to identify a scheme and apply for grant funding.

Family members come together to fund a start up business
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Q&A: Family investors

Andrew Niblock, commercial lawyer at Keystone Law, explains the importance of signing contracts with family members investing in your business.

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FAQs

Pricing FAQs

Need-to-know answers to ten questions frequently asked by small-business owners when they need to set prices for their products or services.

Don't compete on price
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Don't compete on price

Competing on price threatens your margins and your reputation. Ben Dyer explains why small business owners should avoid price-cutting.

Controlling credit - checklist
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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.

Collecting debts - checklist
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Collecting debts - checklist

Almost every business will experience late payment at some point. This practical checklist will help you recover the money you are owed.

A female business owner sits at her desk and carefully checks her budget
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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.

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Five ways to improve cash flow

Cash flow is vital to every business. Rory MccGwire explores ways you can improve your business's cash flow from using accounting software to increasing sales, stock control to reviewing pricing.