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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.

Why it’s never too late to set up a franchise operation

Rik Hellewell, franchising expert and founder of Ovenu, on the advantages of setting up a franchise in your fifties or even later

Investing in a franchise

Investing in a franchise

Setting up a franchise vs growing a business organically

Franchising expert Rik Hellewell discusses the advantages of setting up a franchise compared to growing a business organically – and shares his tips on why franchising can be the ideal way to expand in business

Sole trader

How to save up to £3,000 in tax being self-employed

Changes in the way the self-employed must report tax mean sole traders could face having to pay an additional £3,000 in tax. Becoming a limited company could reduce your tax bill, says Marcin Durlak

Getting Online

Registering a company name – a Small Business guide

Your Small Business guide to registering a UK company name at Companies House.

Advice

How to choose a workplace pension provider

If you need to set up a workplace pension for your employees, make sure you know what to consider and which providers are out there

Sole trader

Number of self-employed falls one fifth since Covid-19

IR35 taxation changes, Brexit and Covid-19 blamed for choking off rise in self-employment

Business Ideas & Planning

6 best small business ideas for 2022

What are the best ideas for starting your own business in the post-pandemic world we now live in? Here are six suggestions from becoming a yoga instructor to walking dogs or becoming a social media expert

Business Ideas & Planning

Five business ideas that are bound to click

To help you make the right decision on what type of company to start, here are five business ideas to consider.

Business Ideas & Planning

6 best small business ideas for 2022

What are the best ideas for starting your own business in the post-pandemic world we now live in? Here are six suggestions from becoming a yoga instructor to walking dogs or becoming a social media expert

Business Ideas & Planning

Five business ideas that are bound to click

To help you make the right decision on what type of company to start, here are five business ideas to consider.

Advice

Should you register as a sole trader or a limited company?

Mart Abramov, CEO of TaxScouts, shares the positives and negatives of being a sole trader or a limited company, so you can make the best choice for your growing business.

Business Ideas & Planning

What emerging business ideas could boom in the future?

UK entrepreneurs are looking to take advantage of the next emerging business trends which could boom in the near future and beyond.

Business Ideas & Planning

Why market research is so important for a start-up business

We look at why market research is so important for start-ups and the different types of research you can do.

Business Ideas & Planning

Planuary: How to create a business plan in four weeks

In this piece, Tim Sawyer presents a four-week business plan to help your small business get started.

Partner content

How to enhance your customer and employee experiences using Uber Vouchers

This article explains how Uber Vouchers can enhance both your customer and employee experience

Partner content

Fuel your small business with Uber Eats

This article explains what Uber Eats is and why you should use it for your small business

Partner content

The importance of custom and sustainable packaging when growing your brand

Packaging is more than just a pretty face. It’s a brand-builder that sends would be customers clear signals about the things your business stands for. Ambitious brands must get it right or risk being outpaced by the competition

Business management

The role of B2B ecommerce in choosing the right supplier

How Alibaba.com can help you discover new suppliers around the world