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Start Your Own Business (now over 10 years old) contains information and advice but, unlike other start-up sites, it also contains details of LOCAL organisations who can help you. The firms listed on each page have declared themselves to be 'new business friendly' and will welcome your enquiries.
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.
Contents: Key dates, legal and tax requirements, simple step-by-step guide, relevant fact-sheets, business plan, cash flow forecast, personal budget and marketing plan templates, start-up map, contents of our Start Your Own Business CD-Rom, Powerpoint presentation to accompany the business plan.
Note: one time registration required for some items but this also unlocks all free resources on the site.
Over the years, we have amassed a large collection of articles which we believe you may find useful. We have written some ourselves but the vast majority have been kindly supplied by experts in each relevant field.
Do You Know What Good Performance is?
Advice. Could a mentor double your chances of 5 year survival?
Marketing. Tricks to Make your Marketing Work
HR. Don’t Be Frightened of the Poor Performer
Advice. Risk taking as an entrepreneur - when is it worth it?
Sales. 3 Proven Ways to Land Your First Sale
Marketing. Who is your customer anyway?
Networking. The Elevator Pitch - a must for any (new) business owner
SEO. Choosing and Grading Keywords to Target for Your Site
SEO. Does a Business Website Really Need a Blog?
The Number One Reason For Small Business Failure and How To Avoid It!
Nearly half of all small businesses fail within the first two years of operation. The number one reason for business failure is inadequate planning. The second reason is under-capitalization.
Choose a job you love...
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Get Expert Help
I made the mistake of thinking I could do everything myself! Seek out expert help, even if it's something like a workshop to learn how to do things yourself. You will save a lot of time and pain! Networking is a brilliant way to find these resources as well as promote your business.
Create a FREE Google My Business Page
Create a free business page with Google. Make sure you verify your location as this can help you appear in the map pack.
Differentiate your business from your competition
When you differentiate your business, people remember you.<br/><br/>When they remember you, they spread the word about your business.<br/><br/>Step 1 Know your competition - know what they do and how they do it. You can glean this from mystery shopping or from speaking to their customers or suppliers<br/><br/>Step 2 Identify the signature element of your offering that makes you stand out. The key with the signature element is that it must must separate you from other providers & be valuable to your customers <br/>
How to Make Your Tax Sexy
Use an automated software and send invoices from anywhere, even on your phone!
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