Starting your new business

Finished planning your business and ready to make your next move? We'll help you get started with expert advice about starting up on your own, from raising funds and pitching for investment to understanding some of the legal issues you'll face.

  • A guide to starting your own business

    Our guide is written for all those people who want to start their own business and discover their business potential. It's packed with tips and practical advice.

  • Each year in the UK, more than 500,000 people start a business of their own. Some are natural-born entrepreneurs with a fantastic idea they turn into a successful new venture. Many want to earn more money or be their own boss. Some seek greater flexibility or a more favourable work-life balance. Many simply have no alternative, perhaps after losing their job.

    Starting up a business can provide you with a more rewarding life, but there are no guarantees. The start-up survival rate remains low.

    However, the good news is many new businesses do survive and if you take care of key start-up tasks properly and in the right sequence, you can get your new venture off to a great start.

    Our guide covers all the topics you need to start your business, including:

    • Deciding when to launch your new business
    • Boosting your start-up knowledge
    • Deciding who you’ll sell to — and how
    • How to analyse your competitors
    • Creating a brand
    • Writing your business plan
    • Registering your business
    • Managing your business finances
  • Resources to help you start your business

    If you're ready to take the next step, here are some resources that could help you:

    Start-up stories

    In these videos, small business owners tell share the challenges they faced when starting up.
    It's essential advice for new business owners.

    How to raise finance for your business

    Raising finance can often be a real challenge. Read advice from the experts on how to raise finance for your new business.

    Software to help you start your business

    Sage Planning for Business is designed for people looking to start a business. It makes light work of everything from developing a business plan to forecasting your cash flow and VAT.

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