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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.

Ceasing trading if you’re a sole trader – what to do

What do you need to do as a sole trader if you decide to wind up your business? Emma Twynholm of Hillier Hopkins offers a step-by-step guide

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Business Ideas & Planning

How to become a driving instructor

Do you want to become a driving instructor? Here we explain the need-to-knows such as what the tests entail and franchise vs independent

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Setting up as a sole trader – a business is born

Setting up as a sole trader is the preferred option for many businesses starting out. James Johnson guides you through what to do

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How to become a sole trader

Setting up as a self-employed sole trader is a simple way to start a business. In this guide, we show you how to do it.

Business Ideas & Planning

Should I go sole trader, partnership or limited company?

We explore different types of company formation – sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership and limited company

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What is the definition of a sole trader and being self-employed

What does it mean to be a 'sole trader'? Is there any difference between a sole trader and being ‘self employed’?

Advice

Starting your own currency brokerage firm is a horrible idea

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Tax advantages of a limited company versus sole trader

Haydn Rogan explains the tax advantages and disadvantages of status as a limited company and as a sole trader.

Advice

How to start your own coffee shop

Fancy opening your own coffee shop? We explain what you need to know about cash flow, hiring staff and of course, finding the right coffee.

Setting up a company

Forming a company: Choose your trading type

Joanne Harris of accountants Nixon Williams shows you the different options when it comes to setting up on your own and working for yourself

Business Ideas & Planning

How to get more from your business plan

Is your business plan gathering dust in a draw somewhere? Here’s why it’s time to adopt a fresh approach that will inject new life into your enterprise

Advice

Tips on running a B&B

What should I know about running a B&B?

Startup Funding and Grants

What are the funding options for hospitality businesses?

Funding Options outlines some finance methods to help hospitality businesses recover following Covid-19 restrictions

Business Ideas & Planning

Five successful small business ideas for 2021

James Birch of Colour Graphics shares five successful business ideas to launch, including businesses you can run from home.

Masterclass Series

Green finance

Simon Cureton, CEO of Funding Options, walks us through the 'green boom' in eco-friendly businesses along the growth of green finance

Masterclass Series

The funding landscape

This article from Tracc looks at the changing funding landscape and how business owners can improve their chance to secure funding themselves

Partner content

5 tools to help monetise your content in 2022

We explore five online tools that you can use to help you monetise your content in 2022

Partner content

Tooling up for hybrid

Equipping your people with the best technologies for the hybrid workplace