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When you decide to start a new business, there are a number of factors to be taken into consideration. One of your initial decisions to be made is whether to become a sole trader, limited company, limited liability partnerships or a partnership. Becoming a sole trader is the easiest option, but has more risks. A limited company removes some of the risk and is tax efficient, but can be a more daunting prospect if you are new to self employment.

Creating a business strategy is essential to a new business as well as sourcing finance. Becoming familiar with the legal requirements of starting your own business may seem like a minefield, but with professional support it becomes much easier. Maintaining a strategy throughout is crucial to the success of a business. Make changes as you discover what works and what isn’t effective. Trying to identify risk factors in your business and avoiding them where possible will help in the early days of your business venture. A contingency fund may also be useful, especially if you do come across any emergencies.

Don’t be afraid of discovering that something doesn’t work, but learn from mistakes. Finding an experienced business owner who can give advice will be invaluable. There are many support organisations available, in addition to an accountant who has knowledge of HMRC, business finance and more. There are also a number of government grants, lending schemes and support networks which are available, including skills training which could help your business.

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Kara Copple

An experienced business and finance writer, sometimes moonlighting as a fiction writer and blogger.

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