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.

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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.

Sarah Giblin, founder of RiutBags
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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.

Hilary Devey as The Business Inspector
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What it takes to succeed in business

Hilary Devey started out in a haulage firm. Founder of a multi-million pound business she became high-profile television small-business adviser.

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Leadership

How to be a great leader in business; building leadership skills such as communication, delegation and decision-making to drive positive change.

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Managing change

How to manage business change; understanding catalysts for change, driving change with your team and creating a culture of innovation.

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Managing your time

How to improve your time management. Our guide to setting priorities, using to-do lists and task management apps and improving productivity.

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Stress management

Managing workplace stress can reduce absenteeism and improve productivity; a guide to mental health at work for employers and employees.