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If you are thinking about starting a business in Edinburgh or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place.
Start Your Own Business in Edinburgh contains resources and the information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights organisations who offer friendly advice and the services that you are likely to need as a new startup or local business owner.
Free workshop | 1-2-1 advice | Free guide | Key contacts | Free startup pack
There is plenty of help for startups in Edinburgh but where can it be found?
FREE startup workshops
If you are thinking about starting a business, our FREE three-hour online workshop is definitely for you!
Open to everyone, our sole aim is to increase your chances of success. We do that by explaining: The reality of running a business; the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them; which legal status is likely to be most suitable; funding, grants and managing your money; business planning and cashflow forecasting; finding and keeping customers.
The next workshop is on Friday 21st April 9.30am to 12.30pm
1-2-1 startup advice and support
Would you like some personal business advice and support? Whether you are starting a business, already trading, or just exploring the possibility, we would love to help.
Andy Pringle has been advising startups and small business owners for the past 20+ years and will be happy to work with you on a 1-2-1 basis. Please get in touch to find out more.
"Do you need help with your Office Administration, Bookkeeping and/or HR?
Whether you are a sole trader, partnership or a company I can help".
With over 30 years’ experience as a confidential PA with excellent Office Management skills. Work produced is of a high standard, with a positive attitude and flexible approach you can be assured of your requirements being met.
With this work experience, I can offer you a bespoke virtual management service using my own initiative.
Benefits of using Virtual P.A./Bookkeepers –
Contracting a virtual bookkeeper can profit your business in several ways, including:
Cost savings: Since a virtual P.A./Bookkeeper isn't, in fact, a representative of your organization, you aren't required to cover finance charges, give them a work-space, or offer advantages like healthcare etc. Better yet, you only pay them for the hours they work, whereas a full-time P.A./bookkeeper can cost you a substantial amount per month, plus the cost of benefits/perks.
Error decrease: Even if you’re skilled at bookkeeping, you probably don’t have time to ensure that all accounting tasks are performed correctly. Since some small businesses fail due to cash flow issues, neglecting day-to-day accounting responsibilities can have serious consequences. Hiring a P.A./Bookkeeper to focus explicitly on routine accounting tasks can reduce unintentional errors due to multitasking.
More opportunity to do what you excel at: With everyday money related administration expelled from your plan for the day, you can focus on the things that make your business a success — and utilize those aptitudes to develop your organization
Download the 2023 edition of our Free Start Your Own Business guide
An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes all of the most important subjects covered in an easy-to-read way with links to useful online articles and relevant contacts.
The idea of starting your own business can be incredibly exciting and who can blame you for being tempted?
However, the sad truth is that far too many new enterprises fail in the early stages. Our aim is to make sure that you don’t become one of them.
This guide explains the key start-up subjects in simple English.
There is also plenty of help available in the area and much of it is free - please do make the most of it.
'You don't know what you don't know' is a phrase that is so applicable to starting a new business.
Edinburgh is a great place for start-ups but your chances of success are dramatically improved if you make the most of the support that is available locally. Click on logos to visit their websites.
100's of free startup articles
We have created a collection of 100s of startup articles to help anyone with whatever stage they are on with their business journey. Hundreds of thousands of people have gone before you and we can learn from what they got right and avoid the things that have been proved not to work so well.
You can see the full list of 'articles' at: How to start a business