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Starting a Business

Advice on how to start your own business, with guides to help you plan, develop and finance a start-up company, plus recommendations on registering the business, its legal structure and finding financial backing for growth. Whether you are just beginning or have already taken the first steps and want to keep everything on track, our expert articles will give you the knowledge to help lead you to success, whilst maintaining a good work-life balance.

Starting a business can initially seem daunting, but with good support and a strong idea you can quickly pass through the key stages of the setting-up process and be able to launch your company with a solid foundation.

Topics covered include: regulations and requirements for company owners, finding and selecting the professional services you may need (such as banking, insurance, accountancy etc.), legal structure options (self-employed person, sole trader, a partnership or a limited company), business planning, UK start up funding sources and finding your first customers.

2020 set to be record year for new companies created

Extra 85,000 new businesses expected to be created this year, as Covid redundancies trigger people into setting up on their own

Setting up a company

Setting up a company

Buying a company name before starting up

If I want to buy my company name so no one else can take it, but I’m not ready to start trading, how do I do that? What are my ongoing responsibilities with annual returns?

Advice

How to start a new business if Covid makes you redundant

COVID-19 is expected to decimate the UK jobs market, with unemployment doubling to 7.5% by the end of 2020. How to set up on your own if you’ve been made redundant.

Advice

5 reasons why setting up a business in a recession is a good idea

Thinking of starting your own business during a recession? 5 reasons why now could be a good time and 4 legal steps you should take

Business Ideas & Planning

Books for summer reading take a focus on the future

Some books for summer reading deal with making a business a success, selling that business and entering retirement and using the body's physical intelligence to live a stress free, happier life.

Business Ideas & Planning

Start-up valuation – an investor guide to valuing a start-up

Matthew Cushen, co-founder at Worth Capital, explains the ins and outs, the art and not the science behind a realistic start-up valuation.

Starting a Business

New company launches fell by a quarter between January and May

But company registrations bounced back in May, just 3% down year on year as entrepreneurs take the plunge

Accounts & Tax

IR35 freelance tax changes will go ahead in April 2021 – are you ready?

MPs vote through IR35 tax reform, bringing thousands of freelance contractors within PAYE for the first time

Advice

Top 10 tips for single parents who want to start their own business

Single parents start their new businesses with less money than most start-ups and they work longer hours. Joanna Morris shares 10 tips to make your single-mum (or dad) business a success

Advice

How to start a freelance career in the UK – a beginner’s guide

Freelancing expert Dave Chaplin explains how to set your freelance rate, the importance of tailoring your CV and where to find your next project.

Business Ideas & Planning

5 best ideas to start a small business post coronavirus

With many facing redundancy as businesses emerge from lockdown and those on furlough lose their jobs, here are five low-cost ideas for starting your own business post Covid-19

Starting a Business

The complete checklist on starting a business the simple way

Read our simple 18-item checklist to take you through every step of starting your own business. All your questions answered

Starting a Business

Clear the clutter: stop junk mail with LegalZoom

Swamped with direct mail marketing flyers? What about suspicious junk mail trying to scam you? LegalZoom’s Registered Agent service sifts your mail before it reaches your home address, protecting you and your business

Starting a Business

How LegalZoom protects your private address – keep your home safe

Don’t offer your home address as your business address. Protect your privacy and that of your family by using a Registered Agent service

Partner content

What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

Partner content

What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?

Partner content

Business insurance everything you need to know

Every small business may need to be insured at some level. But which policies are must-haves, and which are optional? Edward Murray guides you through the maze

Partner content

London & Partners Q&A — driving growth in the London startup ecosystem

In this Q&A, we explore how London & Partners' Business Growth Programme is driving economic growth and inclusion in the London startup scene