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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.

Personal development is a process of learning and growth throughout your career. As your skills and knowledge improve, so will your effectiveness.

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Poor time management causes stress and longer work days. This checklist will help you get on top of your schedule.
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.
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.
Business owner burnout is on the rise. Rachel Miller explains how to spot the danger signs and how to restore your work-life balance
Entrepreneurs have always admired the tenacity of sportspeople who are determined to reach their goals. So what lessons can they teach entrepreneurs?
With so many things to do, you can't waste time when you run your own business. These pointers might help you to get more out of your day.
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.
From making sales to managing staff, as well as balancing the demands of home and work, being a business owner is full of challenges.

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