Start Your Own Business in The UK

If you are starting a business in The UK, you have come to the right place.

This site is full of FREE resources to help you start and grow your business.

Start Your Own Business (now over 12 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.

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FREE Start-Up Pack

This FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

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.

  1. Start-up checklist
  2. Step-by-step guide
  3. Business plan template
  4. Personal survival budget planner
  5. Cashflow forecast template
  6. Marketing plan template
  7. Guide to business networking
  8. Start-up map
  9. Contents of CD-Rom
  10. Plus more being added

Download Pack

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.

Free Resources For Start-Ups

Note: one time registration required for some items but this also unlocks all free resources on the site.

Start Up Articles

Start-Up Articles

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.

Banking & Funding: What is a Commercial Guarantee?
Women: Female entrepreneurs leading the way
Start-ups: The Mindset of the Entrepreneur
HR: 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?

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Latest Business Tips

Business Tips

Be Prepared and plan before you leap

Prepare by research and study as much as you can about what you want to do. <br/>Then make a cash plan.<br/><br/>Prepare a simple summary of where and when you expect to receive cash in to the business and compare those figures with a simple summary of where and when you expect to have to spend cash.<br/><br/>If you are spending too much refine the plan or consider if its worthwhile pursuing at this stage.<br/><br/>Would you start building a home without a plan?<br/><br/>Do not start a business without a plan.<br/><br/>Do not sign up long term commitments to rent property or assets without being sure you have money coming in to cover these costs.<br/><br/><br/> <br/><br/><br/>

Easily Publish, Reply and Track performance across multiple Social Media accounts for free

Stacker makes it easy to Publish, Reply and Track performance across multiple Social Media accounts. Read and Respond to incoming messages across ALL your Social Media accounts from a single Universal Inbox. Simply add all your content into Stacker and they will publish each one at the best times throughout the day so that your fans and followers see your updates more often. I use Stacker for my Twitter and Facebook accounts. For two accounts their service is free.

Never underestimate the value of what you have to offer

It is so easy to feel that everyone else, every other business will be able to emulate you skills or offer business solutions. The thing to remember is that there is no one else on the planet who will offer the services you do, or the solutions you have because they are as unique as you are. Focus on honing your best attributes and believe in yourself and what you're doing. Do not under value the fact that you are unique. Also, don't under charge, offering competitive rates for businesses is different to under valuing what you provide - it is usually counter intuitive and bad for business in the long run. Keep positive, focus and know your worth.

ITWW Pearls of Wisdom

Business networking is not an opportunity to hard sell. Networking is about making long-term contacts and friendships.<br/>

How to create exceptional direct mail

We have articles on our website giving advice on how to create the perfect direct mail campaigns.

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We are a small friendly team and always welcome enquiries from anyone who is thinking who is planning to start a business or from anyone who can offer help and support. Contact us.

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