Starting a business is a big step for any individual. Should you be a sole trader, a partnership or even a limited company? Should you consider a franchise benefiting from successful business models where procedures such as sales, accounting, marketing are all formally set out? What industry should you choose and how do you go about researching whether there is actually a market for your service or products? Do you go local, national or even global?
Is starting a business right for me?
With so many questions to answer research is critical. With the pages that follow we hope to help you along the way with ideas, inspiration and quite simply facts which will hopefully set you on your way.
Carl Reader’s five top tips for selling your business at maximum value
Showing customers you care should be a year-round activity, according to Chris Day
The Northern Business Exhibition is dedicated to supporting new and existing small to medium-size businesses in the north of England
Linda Whitney reveals the mistakes most likely to deal your company a death blow
There’s a six-step process to get your bank manager to say ‘yes’ to your finance application, according to Trevor Johnson