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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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Andy Oakley explains how he started up as a sole trader. 'It's dead easy to start up as a sole trader', he says.
Visit the cheapaccounting.co.uk website to use a simple online tool that enables 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.
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.
The register of members of a single-member company must contain an express statement to the effect that the company has only one member.
Buying a franchise allows you to start your own business. Discover the benefits: brand recognition, support with marketing, premises and training.
Franchising allows you to set up a business following a proven formula - although you'll be subject to restrictions. Our guide to franchising.
If you want your business to be ethical, you need to make informed choices about everyone you work with - including financial providers. Our guide.
Laura Clarke, associate solicitor at WBW Solicitors, answers key questions about franchise agreements and says the agreement needs to be in writing.
Funding can be hard to come by and competition is fierce - but by planning your approach you can maximise your chances of attracting finance.
Buying a business can be a big step forward, but there are pitfalls. Find out how to complete the purchase and check the real state of the business.
Buying a business can be less risky than starting one. If the business has customers, then it has income. But it will need upfront investment.
Heather Baker had no previous experience of running a business, but when a local business came up for sale the opportunity was much too good to miss.
Many people dream of the perfect business, combining great profits with minimal effort. An online business can do just that. So where do you start?
Based in north-east Scotland, Polished Bliss is a small specialist car care business run by four passionate individuals. Here's their story.