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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.

You are legally required to keep financial records. Discover how to keep your 'books' and the options for electronic or manual bookkeeping.

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VAT

Once your sales reach the annual threshold, you must register for VAT. Our guide to when and how to register, and what you need to do once you have.
It helps to understand the taxes likely to affect your business, and have systems to help you comply with your obligations. Read our tax overview.
A list of key dates by which HMRC or Companies House should receive payments and forms.
Our guide to some of the most popular accounting software packages, allowing you to compare features, functionality and prices, all in one place.
Are you one of those who leaves their online tax return till the very last possible moment? Save yourself the stress this year with these simple tips.
Just because work goes quiet over the summer months, there's still plenty of jobs to do. Mike Parkes of GoSimpleTax shares some admin you can tackle.
Bookkeeping need not be complicated if you start off on the right foot. Tim Haggard explains where start-ups often go wrong when doing their books.
Setting up a company is quick and easy, but it creates a range of administrative responsibilities. Here's a basic introduction to get you started.
The choice of date for your accounting year-end is entirely up to you as a business owner, but there are many factors for a business to consider.
Accountants and lawyers are vital advisers who could save your business a fortune - and rescue you from potential hot water with their expert advice.
Accurate bookkeeping can help you keep your business on track and will make it easier when the time comes to file your tax return.
If you've never produced an invoice before, how do you know what to include? Chartered accountant Elaine Clark answers key questions about invoices.
Elaine Clark of CheapAccounting answers the frequent questions on allowable expenses, personal and business costs, bookkeeping and business bank accounts.
Chartered accountant Tim Haggard of Haggards Crowther answers some key questions about finding and choosing an accountant who is right for you.
Generally speaking, it's more tax efficient to own a car personally and charge the company a mileage allowance (eg 45p a mile). Read more.