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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.

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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

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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?

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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

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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