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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.
If you don't keep control of your projects, you risk missing deadlines, compromising quality and disappointing clients. Here are the steps to follow.
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.
Starting a business can be exhilarating, but it has its downsides and risks. How to appraise whether you have what it takes to run a business.
Self-belief is key to running a successful business and convincing others to believe in you. How to improve your skills, confidence and outlook.
Business owners often have to juggle a multitude of tasks. Four easy ways to take control and make the best use of your working time.
Remaining organised and prioritising tasks can help you to cope while maximising your productivity. These tips are intended to help you get through.
Hilary Devey started out in a haulage firm. Now she has a multi-million pound business and is high-profile small-business adviser.
Not all businesses are passion projects - some entrepreneurs start up to cash out. Melvin Jay offers five ways to ensure trade sale success.
Many of us have a 'big idea': the idea that fuels our entrepreneurial dreams. But how can we make the transition from dream to business reality?
Many successful people acknowledge that luck is a factor in business, including Sir Richard Branson as he states in his autobiography.
Are you coming to the end of your degree and wondering what's next? Starting a business is a popular option for graduates, but is it right for you?
Aaron Chatterley, founder of, can thank drink for his hugely successful online cosmetics business.
Growing numbers of mums are choosing to become their own boss. We explore the reasons behind this wave of new entrepreneurs juggling kids and work.

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