How to start a business

Get our straightforward guide for everything you need to launch your new venture.

When you're starting a business, taking care of the key start-up tasks properly, and in the right sequence, can help boost your chances of success and get your new enterprise off to a great start.
 
To get started you'll need a solid business plan. You'll also need a business name and to register as a sole trader or a company. You'll need to understand your costs and manage your cash flow and tax payments once you've started trading.

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.

We’ve helped thousands of businesses get started and this guide is packed with all our best advice and practical tips including:

  • Deciding when to launch your new business
  • Deciding who you'll sell to - and how
  • How to analyse your competitors
  • Writing a business plan
  • How to register your new business
  • Managing your business finances including VAT
  • Insider advice from Will King, founder of King of Shaves
  • Essential resources to boost your start-up knowledge

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