Start Your Own Business (now over 12 years old) contains information and advice but, unlike other startup 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.
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Over the years, we have amassed a large collection of articles which we believe you may find useful. The vast majority of these have been kindly supplied by experts in each relevant field.
Nothing in life happens immediately, you have to believe in it, work at it and earn it - when we first started, a very, very influential person in my life (my Dad) said to me "do the very best you can for each and every customer, and you'll be ok"My Dad had a very successful company working as a local builder and was always booked up 3 months in advance, through 3 recessions! He always worked to this value, as do we now, going that extra mile to surprise and delight has a much longer benefit than the easier option of doing it "quicker and cheaper"
If you decided to become an entrepreneur, the idea of getting rejected shouldn't scare you. You might be rejected so many times by so many people. But you have to remember; sometimes you need one 'Yes' from only one person to change everything. So if you believe in your business idea, don't be intimidated by rejection. Keep going till you get your first Yes!
Business Networking is a great way of promoting your business but it is also an excellent way of finding services that will help you build your business and improve the service you provide. Plus you get to meet lots of like minded people who all want you to succeed. Search the web for your local networking groups first and then you will find out about others through the people you meet. I know of businesses that have achieved their success through networking. Good luck
Start building your customer base 12-6 months ahead of opening the business. It will give your company the right shape and direction. A bonus tip: don't wait with the launch until everything is perfect! Just go for it - it will get manic not matter what, you might as well be up and running!
We offer a large number of free helpsheets for business owners on our website, ranging from business and personal tax advice, notes on pension schemes, employment law and capital taxes. These can be found under the factsheet area of the site, there are also several specific factsheets for new business owners which offers advice on raising finance, help with business plans, credit control within a business and insuring a new company. The text box will not allow me to paste the link!
In addition to the information that applies to startups everywhere, we have also created LOCAL sections to help you find the help and support that is on your own doorstep. This includes, business advice, networking, funding & grants, accountancy, web design, and much more.
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