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.
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