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For a successful business, you need a viable business idea, the skills to make it work and the funding. Discover whether your idea has what it takes.

Forming your business correctly is essential to ensure you are protected and you comply with the rules. Learn how to set up your business.

It is likely you will need funding to start your business unless you have your own money. Discover some of the main sources of start up funding.

Businesses and individuals must account for and pay various taxes. Understand your tax obligations and how to file, account and pay any taxes you owe.

Businesses are required to comply with a wide range of business laws. We introduce the main rules and regulations you must comply with.

Learn why business planning is an essential exercise if your business is to start and grow successfully, attract funding or target new markets.

Marketing matters. It drives sales and helps promote your brand and products. Discover how to market your business and reach your target customers.

Some businesses need a high street location whilst others can be run from home. Understand the key factors from cost to location, size to security.

Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.

It is likely your business could not function without some form of IT. Learn how to specify, buy, maintain and secure your business IT.

Few businesses manage the leap from start up to high-growth business. Learn what it takes to scale up and take your business to the next level.

Forming your business correctly is essential to ensure you are protected and you comply with the rules. Learn how to set up your business.

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How to start a business: everything you need to know, from choosing a business name and registering a company to writing a business plan.
Complete list of government and other business support schemes and resources for limited companies and for the self-employed, during the Coronavirus crisis
How to register your business with Companies House, how to register as a sole trader and how to register your business name as a trade mark.
How to start your own business with no money, including starting a side hustle, selling online and using free marketing tools.
How to register a business name, including registering on Companies House, registering with HMRC, registering a trade mark and buying a domain name.
How to establish an online presence so that you can market and sell your products online even during the lockdown
Andy Oakley explains how he started up as a sole trader. 'It's dead easy to start up as a sole trader', he says.
13 key things you should know if you are considering becoming a sole trader so you can start your own business or go freelance
Work out your employment status as it has important implications for you for the purposes of tax and employment law
When you set up your business, it pays to get the legal structure right from the start. Read our guide to your options and what you need to consider.
Find simple online tools that enable you to estimate your take home pay after tax as a sole trader.
When forming a business make sure you get it right from the start. Check the key considerations and legal requirements to prevent expensive mistakes.
Andrew Millet of Wisteria Formations provides an introduction to company directors' key legal responsibilities, including rules governing directors.
You must display your company name at its registered office and at the place where it keeps its company records for inspection, says Andrew Millet.
Andrew Millet of Wisteria Formations provides an introduction to the rules about forming a company and what 'incorporation' actually means.