Getting started

Our guide to the difficult early steps when starting up…

Considerations when operating as a company on incorporation.
An introduction to the tax system for the self employed
Key tax issues you need to know about.
Your business vision
What are your ultimate goals?
A mission statement
Defining your business purpose.
Writing a business plan
How to write an effective business plan.
Which business structure?
Choosing the structure that best suits your needs.
Should you buy a franchise?
The pros and cons of buying 'off-the-shelf'.
Allowable expenses
What can you claim tax relief for?
Choosing a year end
Be tax efficient when deciding a year end date.
Raising finance
Maximise your chances of gaining funding.
Names, trademarks, patents and other registrations
The key legal requirements.
Building a brand
Key tips for developing a memorable image.
Premises and location
Essential considerations when choosing your base.
Working from home
Home working do's and don'ts.
Insuring your business
Are you sufficiently covered?
Limited liability partnerships
LLPs explained.
Choosing your accounting date
What is the best date to choose?