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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.

Registering as a sole trader means you are self-employed. It is quick, easy and cheap to set up. We explain how to register as a sole trader.

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It’s exciting to strike out on your own - but not always easy. Before handing in your notice, makes sure you‘ve considered these three implications.
Do you know your employment status and what do you need to do if you have earnings from self-employment? Mike Parkes of GoSimpleTax talks us through.
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.
One in seven workers in the UK now work for themselves. But what do you call yourself? Freelance? Sole trader? Self-employed? One-man-band?
As a freelancer, you need to ensure that you are constantly getting work. Without a regular salary, you need to keep busy. Networking is vital.
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.