Be The Boss

The Be The Boss small business archive.


How to become an urban beekeeper

Becoming an apiarist could keep you as busy as a bee. So do it with patience, preparation and passion – or don’t do it at all.


How to run an immersive theatre production

The extraordinary world of immersive theatre – in particular Suspects, Lunatics and a Leather Apron, which explores the Jack the Ripper story.


How to run a craft workshop

Frustrated with endless paperwork, art teacher Wayne sought a creative career elsewhere and now offers art workshops and craft-themed parties to people of all ages

Investing in a franchise

How to become a fudge shop franchisee

How two co-founders of a thriving PR firm harnessed a “mid-life crisis” to switch careers to their enduring satisfaction


How to run a cheese and craft ale shop

How a passion for fine cheeses and craft ales – and a positive response to a Twitter business pitch – spawned a thriving shop in north London.


How to be a butcher

Have you ever thought about becoming a butcher? Terry Murray and son explain the highs and lows of running a popular family butchers in London.

Business Ideas & Planning

How I became a florist

Ever dreamt about becoming a florist? Learn about the reality of running your own shop with north London-based florist Alys.


Only animal lovers need apply: running a pet shop

NHS cost accountant turned pet shop owner Hannah shares her story and advice with would-be pet shop owners and animal lovers seeking a career change.


How to run a children’s shoe-fitting service

Tired of working long hours in financial PR, Sam switched to a very different vocation and couldn’t be happier. This is her story.

Business Technology

How to keep your small business safe online

Here's how Security Service Edge from Vodafone can help to protect your SME from ever-increasing cyber threats

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

Partner content

Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

Partner content

5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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