Advice and tips for UK entrepreneurs who have just set up a business and are now entering the exciting initial stages of being a start-up. The guides are split into the following sections: [Expenses] – [Business Bank Accounts] – [Payment Processing] – [Payment Terms] – [Business Premises] – [Commercial Leases] – [Utilities] – [Finding an Accountant] – [Accountancy Software] – [Tax Essentials] – [PAYE] – [Websites] – [Marketing] – [Hiring Employees] – [Exporting]
Getting your business going
What expenses can you claim when setting up a business?
What expenses can I claim through my business?
Darren Fell, managing director of Crunch Accounting, discusses what costs be claimed on as a small business.
Navigating business expenses as a limited company
Emily Coltman, chief accountant at FreeAgent, gives some tips on negotiating the minefield of business expenses.
A guide to claiming legitimate business expenses
This handy guide to business expenses will tell you everything you need to know about making a claim and how much your employees could be entitled to.
How to choose a business bank account
Do you need a business bank account?
Shopping around for the best deal is essential when it comes to choosing the right banking service for your business.
What are the best business bank accounts in the UK?
Make the right decision about your small business bank account, whether you’re just starting out or you’re more established.
Opening a business bank account in the UK: How-to and best accounts
In this piece, we’ll look at how to go about opening a business account in the UK and what services are out there.
Setting up a business bank account
In the second of a series about how to approach start-up procedures, our four business directors talk about their own memories of setting up a bank account.
Can I open a business bank account after bankruptcy?
I was made bankrupt in February 2006 and discharged in September 2006. Will this stop me from opening a business bank account?
Opening a business bank account with bad credit
I have a bad credit history and am having difficulty opening a business bank account for my limited company. What else can I do?
Choose a payments processing system
Best payment processors for UK small businesses – 11 of the best
What’s the best payment system for your small business? 11 of the best payment processors for UK SMEs reviewed
The essential guide to point of sale (POS) systems
In this guide, we take a look at everything small business owners need to know about buying a point of sale (POS) system.
Five tips to get started taking card payments
Andy Macauley, chief operating officer of Handepay, gives some concise pointers to taking card payments.
How do you pay for stock? What are payment terms?
Purchase Order Best Practices and Processes
Lucy Fox, general manager of cloud solutions at Exact, puts the management of purchase orders under the spotlight.
How do you find business premises?
Co-working space versus traditional office – which is better?
The rise of co-working seems inexorable with up to 30pc of all offices going flexible by 2050.
Relocation, relocation relocation: 4 top tips for a smooth office move
Emma Davidson of Express explains what you need to consider for your next office relocation.
How do commercial leases work?
What to consider when choosing a commercial property
Here, we look at some of the main factors to consider when selecting the perfect commercial property for your business needs.
How to find the best deal on utilities
Business energy costs: how can you slash your gas and electricity bill?
Energy costs can easily rack up your business bill. Nicky Bannister of Flogas Energy explains how to trim them down.
What are the benefits of smart meters for business customers?
You may have heard that installing a smart meter can give your business a boost, but how exactly? Here are five key areas where smart meters can really make a difference
How to find an accountant
Hiring an accountant: A small business guide
In this piece, we explore the considerations small business owners must make when hiring an accountant.
Four questions small business owners should ask before hiring an accountant
For many small business owners, it can be hard to know whether to take on an accountant. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself.
Getting the most out of a working relationship with your accountant
In this article, KashFlow advise on how you can get the most out of your working relationship with your accountant.
How to choose accountancy software
Best UK small business accounting software – review guide
It’s never been easier or more affordable to manage your tax and accounting using small business accounting software – find the best accounting package for your needs here.
Tax essentials you need to know when setting up
Five small business taxes you need to know about
Here, FreeAgent’s Emily Coltman presents five small business taxes that you need to know about.
Understanding PAYE for your Small Business
What happens when your business is subjected to a PAYE audit
Ercan Demiralay, partner at Wellers, offers his advice on what businesses need to know when the taxman visits to inspect your payroll records.
How to create a website
How do I build a website for my small business?
If you don’t know where to begin when it comes to building a website for your small business, take a look at these tips.
The pros and cons of selling through your own website
One of the most important decisions you have to make as an online seller is where you should do your selling. One entrepreneur explains why she uses her own website rather than eBay and other major selling platforms.
How to market your new company digitally
How to write a marketing plan
This guide offers practical advice on developing and writing a marketing plan using plain English.
The essential guide to small business marketing
In this guide, we look at how small business marketing can be made easy for new company owners.
6 hacks to improve your small business digital marketing
BBC Apprentice winner Mark Wright offers small businesses six ways to get results from their digital marketing
Five effective digital marketing tips for a small business
The digital world is a crowded place. Marketers are clamouring to have their voice heard. On top of this, the concentration span of customers is diminishing.
Hiring your first employee
Hiring your first employee: What to be aware of
Make sure you follow these steps to get the best employee possible for the role you are creating.
Hiring your first employee: What you need to know
In this article, Neil Parker shares his top tips for small businesses hiring their first ever employee.
How do I export for the first time?
Exporting as a small business: A guide to exporting goods abroad
In this article, we present the main considerations for a business looking to break into international markets – and look at two businesses that found success in exporting.