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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

A young, female entrepreneur is calculating her start up costs
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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.

Finance your start-up business
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Finance your start-up business

When setting up a new business you need to be clear about how much money you are going to need and where to find it. Read our overview of the options.

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.

Getting a grant for your business
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Getting a grant for your business

Securing grant funding could really help your business develop. Here's how to identify relevant schemes and manage the application process.

Man holding a pen writing on an investment sheet of paper
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Attracting investment

Attracting investors is a difficult process. This is especially true for new businesses without trade history. But here are a few tips to help you.

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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.

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.

Drawing up a budget - checklist
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Drawing up a budget - checklist

A helpful checklist on drawing up your business budget, including what to put in it and who to involve in the process.

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.

'COST' written on a piece of paper that's been cut in half by a pair of red scissors
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Controlling your costs

While you may not be able to influence how much customers spend, you can do is to control your costs and look at variable and fixed costs.

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Q&A: Cash flow management

The old saying 'turnover is vanity, profit sanity and cash reality' remains true. Cash flow really is the blood supply of any business.

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Q&A: Dealing with late payment

Martin Dunne of Sayers Butterworth chartered accountants offers advice on how to deal with late payers and bad debts to keep your business afloat.

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Q&A: Debt recovery

Solicitor Kiranjit Virk of Tollers LLP answers key questions about recovering debts through the courts, including using the 'small claims track'.

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The best 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.

scissors cutting through costs
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Cutting costs: where do I start?

When your business is ticking over nicely, you can keep spending focused on the right areas. Limiting expenditure could keep you in the black.

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A guide to price comparison websites

Price comparison websites are valuable tools to help you analyse competitors and check out price fluctuations. We guide you through the key sites.