Advice Articles

A Basic Guide to Importing
A Basic Guide to Importing

Helpful tips and advice if you are thinking about importing. Full article and free downloadable factsheet (no registration required)

Are You Being Made Redundant? Thought About Starting a Business?
Are You Being Made Redundant? Thought About Starting a Business?

With so many companies making cutbacks, the opportunities for finding a new job may not be so bright. However, being your own boss may be the answer.

Basic Exporting Guide
Basic Exporting Guide

Helpful tips and advice if you are thinking about exporting

Business Advice - Going For Growth
Business Advice - Going For Growth

According to The Federation of Small Businesses, the UK has more than 4.5 million small businesses. Statistics on the success rate for new start-ups is somewhat unclear and varies dramatically depending on the source. But no one can dispute that the UK's entrepreneurs and smaller businesses in general need all the help they can get.

Business Advice - What Help is Available?
Business Advice - What Help is Available?

Running your own business is the same as any other career: the more you know, the greater the chance of your success. Thankfully, there is plenty of help and guidance around, and much of it is free!

Business Advice Articles
Business Advice Articles

Business advice articles for small business owners and new business start ups. 'You don't know what you don't know' is an old saying but wholly relevant here. Your chances of success will be dramatically improved if you are prepared to learn from those who have already trodden the same path or who earn their living from helping start-ups...

Buying a business
Buying a business

One route which many people have successfully taken into starting a new venture is to buy an existing business.

Can You Work Without Supervision?
Can You Work Without Supervision?

Why time management and motivation are so important for a new small business.

Could a mentor double your chances of 5 year survival?
Could a mentor double your chances of 5 year survival?

Fact - 70% of small businesses that use a mentor survive for five years or more – which is double the rate of those without mentors.

Do you really want to be an entrepreneur?
Do you really want to be an entrepreneur?

You've probably got an idea, you may have held onto the dream of working for yourself for some time - but how do you put them altogether?

Ever thought of taking the plunge?
Ever thought of taking the plunge?

In today's world, more and more people are not just thinking about setting up their own business, but are taking action.

Free Business Toolkit
Free Business Toolkit

Enterprise First is a not-for-profit enterprise agency dedicated to helping small businesses and they offer a free business toolkit containing a number of useful resources.

How can my local Council help?
How can my local Council help?

A brief overview of the type of support that you may be able to find on the end of a phone line in your area.

How Many Hours Do You Work?
How Many Hours Do You Work?

Does being an entrepreneur mean not being able to have a work life balance?

How to Avoid Business Time-wasters
How to Avoid Business Time-wasters

I don't think anyone will disagree when I say that time is the most precious asset of any small business owner

How to Become Sackable
How to Become Sackable

It's a bit of a touchy subject in these uncertain economic times, with companies shutting down and people being made redundant everyone is constantly on edge for their careers. So how do you become sackable?

How to Find Free Business Advice.
How to Find Free Business Advice.

One of the most common questions that we are asked by people thinking about starting their own business is 'where can I find FREE business advice?'

Risk taking as an entrepreneur - when is it worth it?
Risk taking as an entrepreneur - when is it worth it?

The word ‘risk’ always seems to have a negative connotation, yet any entrepreneur will tell you that in order to be successful it’s something you need to face - again and again and again. If you’re looking to start your own business (which I assume you are if you’re reading this article) then you’re already contemplating taking a risk. You’re making a decision as to whether you’re going to step out of your comfort zone, and into the unknown.

Self-Care for the Self-Employed
Self-Care for the Self-Employed

Being in business today means a lot of hard work, often putting in long hours and taking few holidays, at least until the business is established and the cash flow has steadied.

Start Your Online Business - Expert Advice For All Entrepreneurs
Start Your Online Business - Expert Advice For All Entrepreneurs

The booming world of the internet presents many opportunities but how can you make the most of them?

Starting a new business can be very scary.
Starting a new business can be very scary.

The thought of starting a business can be exciting, but also very scary - how do you overcome the fear?

Think You Are Ready To Start A Business?
Think You Are Ready To Start A Business?

So what does it take to be ready to start a business?

Tips on how to beat the odds and make your start-up a success
Tips on how to beat the odds and make your start-up a success

If you are at the point of taking the plunge and starting up your own business, may I congratulate you on making it this far.

What can we learn from the NHS?
What can we learn from the NHS?

A clue- it's an activity that should be central to any business or organisation.

What is online mentoring?
What is online mentoring?

When you are your own boss, having another point of view and someone to bounce ideas off really can help.

What is the secret to making your first million?
What is the secret to making your first million?

What is it that we do all the time and that is so powerful that it can really make the difference between success and failure?

Why Employ a Business Coach to Help with your Start Up?
Why Employ a Business Coach to Help with your Start Up?

As a business startup, you will have a budget to stick to. This means that you need to keep your expenditure to a minimum whilst trying to grow your business. So why employ a business coach?