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For a successful business, you need a viable business idea, the skills to make it work and the funding. Discover whether your idea has what it takes.

Forming your business correctly is essential to ensure you are protected and you comply with the rules. Learn how to set up your business.

It is likely you will need funding to start your business unless you have your own money. Discover some of the main sources of start up funding.

Businesses and individuals must account for and pay various taxes. Understand your tax obligations and how to file, account and pay any taxes you owe.

Businesses are required to comply with a wide range of business laws. We introduce the main rules and regulations you must comply with.

Learn why business planning is an essential exercise if your business is to start and grow successfully, attract funding or target new markets.

Marketing matters. It drives sales and helps promote your brand and products. Discover how to market your business and reach your target customers.

Some businesses need a high street location whilst others can be run from home. Understand the key factors from cost to location, size to security.

Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.

It is likely your business could not function without some form of IT. Learn how to specify, buy, maintain and secure your business IT.

Few businesses manage the leap from start up to high-growth business. Learn what it takes to scale up and take your business to the next level.

A viable business idea is only one factor in business success. Learn how experience, knowledge and skill are also crucial to running a business.

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Poor time management causes stress and longer work days. This checklist will help you get on top of your schedule.
Running a business is a big responsibility, and can often lead to stress. Read our hints on how to manage overwork and associated health problems.
Any change in the workplace can make people nervous - but if handled well change can bring huge benefits. This checklist shows you the steps to take.
Self-belief is key to running a successful business and convincing others to believe in you. How to improve your skills, confidence and outlook.
While some British businesses may feel their potential is being inhibited by Brexit, others may end up benefiting. Is now the right time to start up?
There are millions of home-based businesses in the UK. Here are some tips for those businesses on appearing more professional and established.
When running a business, there could be many reasons for not hitting your goals - but they all come down to the wrong mindset. How to take control.
Without project management expertise in your start-up, it can be easy to lose sight of your goals. Find out how to keep your projects on track.
Streamlining and automating some of your business processes can significantly boost your bottom line. Follow these four steps to success.
A disorganised office could cost you dearly in lost productivity. Follow these easy steps to clear the clutter and reclaim your workspace.
With so much to think about when you're getting a new business off the ground, sustainability can sometimes be overlooked. But is that a mistake?
Equal treatment for women is a hot topic for UK businesses - so what can your firm do to create a level playing field for your female staff?
Throwing money down the drain? Make 2019 your year to finally get a handle on those business outgoings you never get around to thinking about.
Making a sustainable profit is a basic rule of business - but it's not the only issue worth your time. Why strong values make commercial sense.
The findings of Atom’s 2019 survey of sole traders and small business owners show that Brexit and Making Tax Digital for VAT are major concerns.

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