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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.

You have satisfied your business idea is viable. The next step is to decide what form your business should take. We explore the options.

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This guide covers the key issues for starting and running your own aerial installing business.
If you want to set up a taxi firm remember that all your taxi vehicles and drivers must be licensed.
If you want to offer removals services you'll need to decide who your customers will be - domestic households or commercial organisations.
Looking for flexible and varied driving work? Running a minicab business might fit the bill.
Make people's weddings and special occasions complete by offering luxury vehicle hire.
Private coach firms may offer local bus services to fare-paying passengers, possibly on routes subsidised by the local authority, or they may take on private hire work.
Wholesalers act as middlemen between manufacturers and businesses like shops and hairdressers.
Although the toy market is very competitive there's still room for well-run independents offering great service.
To run a tack shop ideally you'll be knowledgeable about equestrian matters and located in an area with lots of horses and riders.
Most surf shops are located in coastal areas and are often run by people with a keen interest in surfing.
Sports goods retailing is very competitive and independent outlets need to make sure they have something special to offer customers - like a repair or hire service.
Shoe sales are very seasonal so an independent shoe shop needs an effective buying strategy to avoid having to discount significant amounts of stock.
Scrap metal prices can go up and down quickly so you'll need to take this into account if you're setting up as a scrap metal dealer.
There are lots of things to consider if you're planning on running a shop.
There's no doubt that the internet has thrown up many challenges for record shops, but a well-run business can still succeed.

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