Is running a business really for you?

Running a successful business is not for everyone. Time, commitment, funding and skills are essential. Find out if you have what it takes.

Assessing your management ability - checklist
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Assessing your management ability - checklist

Many managers wonder whether they're doing the best job possible for the business and their staff. This checklist will help you review your skills and see where you could improve.

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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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Q&A: Family businesses

Fiona Graham of the Institute for Family Business explains why it can pay to keep it in the family when starting and running a business.

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Q&A: Business partnerships

Some people prefer to retain full ownership of a business and call all the shots, but having a partner can provide a way to share responsibility.

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How to start a part-time business

Part-time businesses are booming. According to research, 20% of UK adults use their spare time to grow a new business or earn extra income.

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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.

Leadership
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Leadership

Leaders use key skills such as communication, delegation and effective decision-making to drive positive change. Our guide to great leadership.

Managing change
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Managing change

Making change before it's forced on you can bring competitive advantage - but it can be challenging to convince employees and implement it. Our guide.

Managing your time
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Managing your time

Time is a precious resource for any business owner. Set priorities, avoid distractions and get on top of your tasks - our guide to time management.

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Stress management

Managing workplace stress can reduce absenteeism and improve productivity. Our guide to tackling the causes of employee stress, and where to get help.