Good marketing advice and sound marketing decisions can make an enormous difference to the way your business perfoms in the crucial early years - in this article, we'll have a look at some of the things you really need to know...

Whatever the motivation that brings the dream of self-employment into reality, we’ve developed 10 top tips to get you thinking about your way forward.

Forming a company is a far easier and quicker process than many people usually imagine, and can be undertaken online within a matter of hours. Here’s a quick overview of what you will need to do to register your own business.

Adhere to these 6 intellectual property (IP) rules in your product development activities to ensure that you are able to benefit fully from the resulting product:

A recent survey by YouGov considered 525 SME's (all with employees). The statistics were concerning

  • 22% said they had 1 person or no people responsible for health and safety;
  • 23% said this was because of time;
  • 19% blamed cost;
  • 32% admitted one preventable accident within the last 12 months.

The administration of health and safety is time consuming, will cost money but should reduce the number of accidents at work and is a legal requirement.

One of the biggest problems I see with small service-based business providers, particularly those whose owner is the sole provider of the service, is how to ensure consistent cash flow. So that you don't experience the peaks and troughs of cash coming in whilst delivering your service, then cash stopping when service delivery ends.

Debt is one of the realities of business. Even if your customers pay within the allocated terms, it's your business that is carrying the risk. Many businesses avoid thinking about debt until they are in a position where they are faced with a potentially ruinous situation of a large debt and insufficient capital to keep the business operational.

Generally there are two occasions when a Business Plan will be produced for a trading business - we're going to look at the reasons and what you should be including in your plan.

The work-life balance is one of the hardest things to get right, especially when you're trying to start, grow or develop a business.  Here are ten things that you can look at to make a start.

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