Posted by on January 6, 2014 at 10:34 am

It’s early January and at this time of year our thoughts often turn to new ideas, a change of direction, or making resolutions to improve our lives in some way.  However, by the end of the month how many of us are still on track and focusing on those high intentions? One reason why things

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Posted by on December 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Want to start your own business in the New Year? Count down to Christmas with our business start-up checklist.

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Posted by on December 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

Business Launch. Clearly define how you will launch your business into the market – you’ll need to proactively tell people you exist.

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Posted by on December 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

Set up your invoicing and payment disciplines. You don’t always need a book-keeper or accountant especially in the early stages but you must keep strict records of every payment you make and every penny that comes in. Use a system appropriate to the size and complexity of your business; devise your own or buy software.

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Posted by on December 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

Set up a good website and email address.  A website is a great tool to showcase your business and generate enquiries and sales. For your email address, try to avoid Hotmail or the like as they don’t look as professional as a business email address.

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Posted by on December 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

Set up your administration systems. Keeping information accurate and up-to-date is essential to being an organised company, systems include invoicing, record-keeping, payments, credit control, terms & conditions, etc.

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Posted by on December 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

Arrange corporate stationery. Letterheaded paper, invoices, flyers, business cards, etc. Try to make these look professional this is the face of your company.

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Posted by on December 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

Open a business bank account. Put your initial capital into it and keep it completely separate from your personal funds. Ask for a period of free banking!

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Posted by on December 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

Organise insurance. Public liability, motor, loss of goods and equipment are typical. Depending on your business, you might consider product liability or professional indemnity. If you employ staff, you must obtain employer’s liability.

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Posted by on December 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

Register any identified Intellectual Property (IP). If you are absolutely sure that you need a patent, hire a patent attorney. You can register a trade mark from £170 or rely on an unregistered trade mark for free. Registered designs cost £60. Copyright is free and unregistered but you need to retain proof of existence of

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