Starting Out

Starting up a new business? Great! We've got advice, tips and inspired ideas to help you on your way

Starting up a new business may be a daunting prospect, but it's also very exciting. Our content offers advice on areas including business plans, start up jargon, tax and intellectual property, as well as inspiration from other startup stories in the UK and abroad.

The Benefits of Incorporating Your Business

The Benefits of Incorporating Your Business

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The Benefits of Incorporating Your Business

Incorporating your business can offer many important legal and tax advantages. Here's a quick look at whether incorporation is right for your small business

Renting Versus Purchasing a Commercial Property

Renting Versus Purchasing a Commercial Property

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Renting Versus Purchasing a Commercial Property

If you're undecided about your next office space, here's a quick look at the pros and cons of renting versus purchasing a commercial property

The Startup Guide to Business Funding

The Startup Guide to Business Funding

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The Startup Guide to Business Funding

Here’s a quick look at the main funding options available to budding startup founders across the UK, including bank funding, angel investment and government grants

How Virtual Offices Can Benefit SMEs

How Virtual Offices Can Benefit SMEs

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How Virtual Offices Can Benefit SMEs

Many business owners may consider renting out a virtual office in the early stages of growth. Christina Attrah of Virtual HQ explores the benefits of virtual offices to SMEs

Can Startups Really Benefit From Having a Mentor?

Can Startups Really Benefit From Having a Mentor?

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Can Startups Really Benefit From Having a Mentor?

New Covent Garden Soup's John Stapleton shares his thoughts on the value a mentor can add to a startup and explores how to choose the right mentor for your business

The Construction SME's Guide to Securing Tools

The Construction SME's Guide to Securing Tools

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The Construction SME's Guide to Securing Tools

Tool theft can be a huge strain on any construction company, and can even put some out of business. Storage Giant's Simon Williams explores the best ways to secure your tools

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Business Premises

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Business Premises

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A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Business Premises

Finding the perfect business premises can be a complicated task. Mike Patterson of We Buy Any House examines the key aspects to consider and pitfalls to avoid

How to Launch a Business From Your Kitchen Table

How to Launch a Business From Your Kitchen Table

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How to Launch a Business From Your Kitchen Table

Many small businesses start life from the kitchen table, spare bedroom or garden shed. Merje Shaw, MD of Path59, shares her advice on getting your business off the ground

How to Start a Photography Business

How to Start a Photography Business

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How to Start a Photography Business

Starting a Photography Business takes technical knowledge, creative talent and determination to succeed. Here's an in-depth guide to getting started

What is a Trade Mark? A Guide for Businesses

What is a Trade Mark? A Guide for Businesses

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What is a Trade Mark? A Guide for Businesses

All businesses have a trade mark - in fact, it's nearly impossible to trade without one. But to truly safeguard your brand reputation, getting your trade mark registered is crucial

The Small Business Guide to Tax

The Small Business Guide to Tax

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The Small Business Guide to Tax

Understanding Corporation Tax, Income Tax, NICs, and VAT can be tricky, whether you're a sole trader or a limited company in the UK. In this guide, we explain everything you need to know

Buying a UK Franchise: 6 Things You Need to Know

Buying a UK Franchise: 6 Things You Need to Know

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Buying a UK Franchise: 6 Things You Need to Know

Franchising is a great alternative to a brand new business concept offering stability, fixed startup costs and an established business plan

Choosing the Right Accountant for Your SME

Choosing the Right Accountant for Your SME

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Choosing the Right Accountant for Your SME

With budgets tight, many entrepreneurs choose to handle their accounts on their own. However, the benefits of an accountant can far outweigh the cost.

Business Structures: a Simple Guide for Startups

Business Structures: a Simple Guide for Startups

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Business Structures: a Simple Guide for Startups

Choosing the wrong business structure can cause serious problems for a startup. Avoid making the same mistake with this short guide to business structures

What Is a Sole Trader?

What Is a Sole Trader?

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What Is a Sole Trader?

Thinking of setting up as a sole trader? Find out what it means, how to register, and the advantages and disadvantages of this type of business structure

Starting a Business

Starting a Business

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Starting a Business

Have you ever considered starting a business? Our step-by-step guide should be all you need to turn your startup dream into reality

The Five Myths of Entrepreneurship

The Five Myths of Entrepreneurship

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The Five Myths of Entrepreneurship

There are a number of myths swirling around the startup space – and many entrepreneurs fall for them hook, line and sinker. We debunk five of the biggest

6 of the Best British Co-Working Spaces

6 of the Best British Co-Working Spaces

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6 of the Best British Co-Working Spaces

Want a co-working space with a difference? Check out some of the best – and coolest – co-working spaces for entrepreneurs from around Britain

Starting a Side Business

Starting a Side Business

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Starting a Side Business

It’s become the latest career trend – more people are launching their own side business. It sounds exciting, but is it the right career move for you?

Digital Nomad Makes the Impossible, Possible

Digital Nomad Makes the Impossible, Possible

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Digital Nomad Makes the Impossible, Possible

Know a friend who's impossible to buy for? This nomadic entrepreneur's got it in the bag. Find out about how she set up and runs her store from Thailand.