Step-by-step guide to starting a business

What are your start-up options?


When considering starting a business, you should think about the different business options available to you.

Business hours and premises

You might want to start your business full-time or part-time, or even in your spare time. You could also choose to work from home or separate premises.  

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Business structures

It's worth thinking carefully about which structure best suits the way that you intend to do business - see legal structures for businesses - an overview

Business name

Choosing a business name is a creative and enjoyable process, it is recommended that you choose a name that reflects your business strategy - see how to choose the right name for your business and the rules for naming your business.

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Your business skills

You should also think about assessing your own skills and where you might need some extra development or support - for example, looking after the business' finances.

Watch the video below to help you discover how your skills and experience can help you start-up.