Start up business ideas

For a successful business, you need a viable business idea, the skills to make it work and the funding. Discover whether your idea has what it takes.

Start up business ideas - overview

For a successful business, you need a viable business idea, the skills to make it work and the funding. Discover whether your idea has what it takes.

Types of business - overview

You have satisfied your business idea is viable. The next step is to decide what form your business should take. We explore the options.

Testing business ideas - overview

To avoid starting a new business that's doomed to fail, you must test your business idea rigorously. Discover how to test your business ideas.

Founder profiles - overview

Founders are interesting people with a story to tell. Here they share their tips for success and help you avoid the mistakes that they made.

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Q&A: Can I start my own business?

Wondering if you can start a business? Sarah Giblin, founder of RiutBags, answers common start up questions from would-be entrepreneurs.

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Smart ways to improve your work-life balance

One advantage of running your own business is that you can do things your way - but juggling demands is a key skill. Three entrepreneurs reveal their own approach to achieving a successful work-life balance.

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Essential guide to buying a franchise

Franchising allows you to set up a business following a proven formula - although you'll be subject to restrictions. Our guide to franchising.

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Q&A: Buying a business

Buying a business can be less risky than starting one. If the business has customers, then it has income. But it will need upfront investment.

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Q&A: Social enterprises

Unlike even the most ethical of other start-ups, social enterprises have environmental or social values at the very core of everything they do.