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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.

Running a successful business is not for everyone. Time, commitment, funding and skills are essential. Find out if you have what it takes.

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Business adviser and start-up author Kevin Duncan offers his tips for self-preservation when running your own business. Here's his advice.
One advantage of running your own business is that you can do things your way - but juggling demands is a key skill. Three entrepreneurs reveal their own approach to achieving a successful work-life balance.
Growing numbers of mums are choosing to become their own boss. We explore the reasons behind this wave of new entrepreneurs juggling kids and work.
Does 'macho' behaviour belong in the past, and could 'female qualities' enable far greater business success? We talk to three experts.
Are you coming to the end of your degree and wondering what's next? Starting a business is a popular option for graduates, but is it right for you?
Most owners learn from practical experience, so what's the value of a degree if you want to set up your own business? Three business owners discuss.
Setting up a business in your 50s, 60s or even 70s can bring a whole set of different challenges, but you will have the benefit of life experience.
Hilary Devey started out in a haulage firm. Now she has a multi-million pound business and is high-profile small-business adviser.
Many successful people acknowledge that luck is a factor in business, including Sir Richard Branson as he states in his autobiography.
Managing workplace stress can reduce absenteeism and improve productivity. Our guide to tackling the causes of employee stress, and where to get help.
Time is a precious resource for any business owner. Set priorities, avoid distractions and get on top of your tasks - our guide to time management.
Making change before it's forced on you can bring competitive advantage - but it can be challenging to convince employees and implement it. Our guide.
Leaders use key skills such as communication, delegation and effective decision-making to drive positive change. Our guide to great leadership.