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Starting a Business in the UK – The Different Business Structures

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Despite the affect the pandemic has had on so many small (and large) businesses, there is still a desire in most of us to be “our own boss”. But where do you start? Well, once you have your idea, business plan and all your ducks in a row, there are steps to take to get up and running from a legal and administrative perspective.

Have you decided what legal structure your business will be? There are different options and you need to choose which is the most suitable for your business.

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Small Business Stories with Claire Harris

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Claire Harris is the founder of Pets 2 Places, the UK’s first pet taxi franchise offering transport to any destination a customer chooses. An animal lover herself, she has been in the business for over 5 years and has built up a lot of knowledge about transporting the correct way. She specializes in helping elderly and less abled people, with certificates in manual handling of older persons and guiding blind people.

How Pet 2 Places Started

Claire has always liked to be self-employed. However,…

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Five Steps to Create a Budget for your Small Business

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How I hate budgets!

Every time an accountant told me to put together a budget for my company, my response was – When I get the time I will! I just never seem to get the time.

At first I never paid attention to a budget. I knew if I made money by looking at my financial statements and that was good enough for me. Also, every time I tried to put something together I never compared my actual financials to the budget numbers I created.

Two years ago, I decided to take a different approach. I deve…

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Small Business Stories with Bonita Ackerman du Preez

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Bonita Ackerman du Preez is a qualified Registered Trauma recovery therapist, specialising in PTSD, trauma, grief recovery, anxiety and stress management. She has spent 23 years teaching and 4 years as a therapist, and she runs her own business called Future Edge Therapy.

From Teaching to Therapy

After spending over two decades teaching, Bonita Ackerman du Preez started feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from her work, and she set out to change something.

“I had a conversation with my wife …

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Running a small business – a few tips to make your life easier

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When you have only just started your own business, you will need a lot to learn, not only about what you are going to do, but about all the small details of running your own business. There is no one who you can count on making the right decisions but you. The tips below may be more than useful for all small business owners and make it more probable to bloom instead of going bankrupt (a sad end of 80% of small companies).

Profit margin
First of all, remember about the profit margin. All too ofte…

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How to Create Your Own Small Business Press Kit

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As a small business, these times we're in can be incredibly daunting and we have to go the extra mile to get business. One way to to put together a press kit or what I prefer to all a "business information package"

You need a small business information package to augment your business card, which has only limited information about you and your company.
Your small business information package is the printed materials to give or send to prospective clients to tell them who you are, where you are, …

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Small Business Stories with Catherine Morgan

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Catherine Morgan is a money coach and award-winning financial planner for women, a speaker, podcaster and bestselling author. She is on a mission to reduce financial anxiety and increase financial empowerment and resilience for 1 million women around the world. Catherine wants to de-mystify financial jargon and emphasise the importance of focusing on women's financial behaviours, not financial products.

Entrepreneurial Itch

The Money Panel is Catherine’s third business that she set up four yea…

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Small Business Stories with John Tippett

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Small Business Stories with John Tippett

John Tippett is a self-employed business concession owner at Card Industry Professionals. He is focused on saving businesses costs on "Chip 'n Pin''. He offers cost-effective and transparent solutions for SME's.  It enables SME's to take all types of card payment across a physical terminal, EPOS, telephone or web-based sales well-known payment gateways. John is also involved in a few other businesses and has been working for himself for 18 years.

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Small Business Marketing: Boosting The Profitability Of Your Business

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Are you always looking for small business marketing help that will allow you to not only have a successful business but one that is capable of growth now and in the future? This should be the hope of most entrepreneurs, but many are simply trying to keep their doors open. Far too many companies fail because the focus is always on the wrong thing. Marketing is important, but only if it is done in a way that will increase the profitability of the company instead of exposing it to more and more mar…

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Use The Probability Factor To Start Your Small Home Business

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With the times we are living in, many of us have found ourselves having to reach deep and find some way of finding an income - now is the time to push yourself but how do you find a business that is right for you and has a great probability of success? There are two steps that you should take.

1. Pick something that interests you. Better yet, pick something that you are passionate about. If you are not interested or you don’t like it, the work rapidly becomes drudgery and you will likely quit a…

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