There's a lot to think about when you're setting up a business or going into self employment. If you plan carefully you'll give yourself the best chance of success. A good way to start your planning is to write a business plan.
A business plan can be as simple or as complex as you - or your audience ie investors, banks, employees - need it to be. As well as explaining your business idea and who you are, a typical business plan would include details on how the business will work, who your customers are and how much money you expect to make.
This guide includes videos and tutorials to help you create a realistic, strong business plan.
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