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5 tips if you’re starting your own business

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People start their own business for all sorts of reasons. Perhaps they’re looking for more freedom, or want to get off the job treadmill, or maybe they just feel ready to take on the challenge of running their own company.

In 2014, there were 587,000 new businesses set up*,  more than in any other year on record, most of them small operations with their own challenges.

But whether you’re a plumber setting up a one-person business, a financial adviser setting up a practice with some colleagues, or an entrepreneur launching your own product, there are some things that apply to everyone when it comes to running a business.

Here are five things that need to be at the forefront of your mind. Continue reading

5 tips if you’re working for yourself

employed-v-self-employed - UK Workforce-300People become self-employed for all sorts of reasons. Perhaps they want more freedom and want to fit their work around their lives more, perhaps it’s just the best option available, or maybe they feel ready to take on the challenge of doing it all themselves. 

Either way, more people than ever are taking the leap into self-employment. According to the Office for National Statistics, 4.53 million people in the UK are self-employed, out of a total of just over 30m in work, with 1.67 million taking the plunge in the past five years alone.

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5 tips if you’re thinking of working for yourself

Plumber working on sinkPeople become self employed for all sorts of reasons. Perhaps they want more freedom and want to fit their work around their lives more, perhaps it’s just the best option available, or maybe they feel ready to take on the challenge of running their own business.

Either way, more people than ever are taking the leap into self-employment. According to the Office for National Statistics, 4.53 million people in the UK are self-employed – with 1.67 million taking the plunge in the past five years alone.

Whether you’re a painter & decorator, an internet start-up or planning to write that great novel, there are a few things you could benefit from before you dive into the world of working for yourself. It’s something this writer has tried  – and learned a lot of lessons from. Continue reading