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Search for your local area to find free business advice, networking groups, funding and local grants.

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Starting a business is the easy part!

Keeping it going profitably is an entirely different matter.

Start Your Own Business is designed to help anyone running their own business or thinking of doing so. The aim is to increase your chances of success by providing a selection of FREE start-up resources and to highlight the support that is available in each area.

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FREE startup workshops

If you are thinking about starting a business, our FREE three-hour online workshop is definitely for you!

Open to everyone, our sole aim is to increase your chances of success. We do that by explaining: The reality of running a business; the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them; which legal status is likely to be most suitable; funding, grants and managing your money; business planning and cashflow forecasting; finding and keeping customers.

The next workshop is on Friday 19th January 2023 9.30am to 12.30pm

Startup mentoring

Would you like some personal mentoring? Whether you are wondering if starting a business is right for you, already have a plan, or are thinking about applying for funding, we would love to help.

Andy Pringle has been supporting startups for the past 20+ years and will be happy to work with you on a 1-2-1 basis. Please get in touch to find out more.

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100's of free startup articles

We have created a collection of 100s of startup articles to help anyone with whatever stage they are on with their business journey. Hundreds of thousands of people have gone before you and we can learn from what they got right and avoid the things that have been proved not to work so well.

You can see the full list of 'articles' at: How to start a business

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FREE RESOURCES

Free Startup Resources

Everything that you need to get you started.

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FREE Business Startup Pack

It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly. This collection of resources has been put together to make the process as straight-forward as possible but also to ensure that you do not miss anything important.

The pack includes: Step-by-step guide, startup checklist, business plan template, cashflow forecast, personal survival planner, marketing plan template, business startup map and lots of relevant factsheets.

Other Free Startup Resources

We have scoured the globe to find the best FREE startup resources that are currently available to save you the trouble!

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FREE business listing in your area.

We are delighted to promote suitable businesses and organisations completely FREE of charge. Your coverage can contain: logo, company name, brief description, special offers, telephone number and link to your website.

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If you can help new business start-ups in your area, we would be delighted to let them know.

One of the aims of SYOB is to raise awareness of the support that is available in each area. Not only does this mean that the new business owner is more likely to succeed, it will also benefit the local economy! Add your free listing

Latest articles

You don't know what you don't know!

The prospect of starting a new business can be incredibly exciting but should be approached with care. You have probably heard scary stories about how many start-ups fail in the early stages. You can make sure that you are not one of them by learning as much as possible before you launch. Over the years, we have collected lots of articles which will show you what has worked well for other start-ups and the putfalls to avoid.

See: Full List of Latest Start-Up Articles and News