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How to start a business - your free guide

Starting your own business? Our guide is packed with tips and practical advice to help you start up and run a successful business.

Each year in the UK, more than 500,000 people start a business of their own. Some survive, many don't.

Some people who start a business 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 a business can provide you with a more rewarding life, but requires careful planning in order to succeed.

To get started you'll need a good business plan. You'll also need a brand, a name and competitor knowledge. You'll need to understand your costs before you get going, and manage your finances once you've started your business.

When you're starting a business, taking care of these key start-up tasks properly, and in the right sequence, can help boost your chances of success and get your new venture off to a great start.

Get your free guide to starting a business

Our "How to start a business" guide is packed with the essential information you need to get on your way to starting your own 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 a business plan
  • Registering your new business
  • Managing your business finances


Easy-to-use online accounting software for startup businesses:

Sage One Accounting comes with all the features you need to manage your startup business with confidence.

  • Online accounting software
  • Professional reporting & invoicing
  • Safe & secure
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