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Considering starting up?

Find out whether you can work for yourself

Discover what it means to be your own boss and how to take the first steps in getting your business off the ground

Decide if you've got what it takes to be your own boss

Learn about the qualities you need to be your own boss and how you can use your skills and experience to get your business up and running

Develop your business idea

Find out about researching your chosen market and how to generate or develop a new business idea

Starting a business: the basics

What to do when starting a business, including advice on business plans, financial and legal requirements

Research and develop your business ideas, new products and services

How to develop your idea into a viable business by investing in new products or services to meet customer needs

Common mistakes when starting up - and how to avoid them

Learn about and avoid the most frequent mistakes made by new business owners

Starting a part-time business

Information on starting a part-time business

How do I survive until my business is off the ground?

How to keep yourself afloat during the early months of your new business

Family-run businesses

Understand the particular benefits and issues that affect family-run businesses

Thinking about starting a social enterprise?

Why set up a social enterprise and the benefits of doing so

Starting a business when economic conditions are tough

Assess the opportunities for starting a business during an economic downturn

Think about the money

Understand your finance options when starting up and how to manage your money in the first year of trading

 
 
 

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Considering starting up?

 

Business planning

 

Find and manage the money

 

Business structures

 

Name your business

 

Buy a business

 

Choose and set up your workplace

 

Get to grips with business taxes

 

Tax and National Insurance for self-employed or partners

 

Corporation Tax

 

VAT

 

Tax and payroll for employers

 

Become an employer for the first time

 

Sales and marketing

 

IT and e-commerce for start ups

 

Trade with other countries

 

Protect your business ideas

 

Further support for your business

 

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