Free Start-Up Resources

Image of a pretty lady reading the SYOB book
Image of a pretty lady reading the SYOB book

Over the years, we have created a wide range of resources which we hope you will find useful. They are all completely free of charge and available for immediate download.

There has probably never been a better time to consider setting up your own business but you still need to do this carefully and the right way if you are going to succeed. Listed below, you will find a selection of start-up tools, checklists, and factshheets which will help to guide you from initial idea to launch (and beyond!).

You are welcome to use these for your own business or if you help others.

Please feel free to spread the word if you like what you see!

Tools, Templates & Checklists

Display of free books, documents and cd's offered by SYOB
Start Your Own Business

This 180 page book is packed with start-up information and resources which we hope will help you start your business as smoothly as possible. It contains chapters on all of the key subjects, hints and tips, useful contacts, and even some stories which we hope will make you smile. You can download the whole book now (free of charge).

Step-by-step guide

An easy to read, step-by-step guide to setting up your own business. Each step is explained briefly and in plain English. Links to all required documents are included as are simple 'to do' lists at each stage. Perfect for the budding entrepreneur who does not want to get bogged down with theory.

Start-Up Checklist

"You don't know what you don't know!"; Plot your progress with this 125+ point checklist and make sure that you have considered all the key factors prior to starting your business. There are so many things to think about in the early stages, it is easy to overlook something if you are not careful. We hope that his simple tool will prevent that form happening.

Business Plan Template

One of the most important steps but one that is often ignored. This document will provide you with a clear road-map for your business and ensure that you have considered all of the key issues prior to starting up. Essential whether you want to borrow money or not.

Personal Survival Budget

Worrying about paying your personal bills will distract you from the running of your business. This template will help you to identify how much you need to make each month to cover your outgoings. Use in conjunction with your cashflow forecast to ensure that your projected income/expenditure takes this into account.

Cashflow Forecast Template

An easy to use template, created in Microsoft Excel. Instructions are included - all you have to do is unput your figures and the spreadsheet will perform all of the calculations for you. A great way of assessing the finances of your business over the next 12 months.

Marketing Plan

Having a great business is no good if nobody knows that it exists. This one page marketing plan template will help you consider how you are going to reach your market. Also contains '200 Guerilla Marketing Tools' - tried and tested ways that you can raise awareness. Many of the suggestions will cost you very little or no money at all!
Courtesy of Agile Marketing.

Start-Up Map

This infographic has proved to be incredibly popular and used to occupy the centre pages of our Start-Up newspapers. Ideal for a visual guide through the start-up process or the larger (A3) version can be printed and used as a poster. (Larger sizes available )

Start Your Own Business CD

Several years ago, we created a CD based upon the start-up map. You can now download the entire contents and enjoy this interactive experience. Navigate your way through the map and learn about each stage of the start-up 'journey'. (Due to file size this has to be downloaded separately.)

Start Your Own Business Powerpoint

Designed to complement the business plan template, this Powerpoint presentation can be personalised and you are welcome to use it without charge. Ideal for educational and business support organisations.


Free Guide to Business Networking

To support the above we have created a series of factsheets to explain the key subjects in more detail. They are written by experts in each field and in plain language so you will understand the content whether you have run a business before or not.