Start-up business advice

A viable idea is only the beginning of your business venture. Turning your idea into a business requires much more. You will need a fair measure of self-confidence, ambition, passion and often be willing to take calculated risks.

Here are a few top tips when starting up a business:

Always have a business plan

Putting together a business plan might seem like a daunting and tedious task. However, it forces you to highlight how much money you will need to get started and any potential problems that might arise.


Researching your market and identifying potential customers is crucial to your business success. Also talking to them and finding out if your idea is worth acting upon is an essential part of your business progress. You will also need to research you potential partners. Who could you benefit from working with?

Be organised

Running your own business may require you to complete tasks that you are unfamiliar with. You will need to ensure that you comply with tax and filing requirements and make sure you pay any VAT, tax and National Insurance due for yourself and your employees. If applicable. If you don’t feel confident completing these tasks by yourself, you may want to take up the services of an accountant.

Good communication

You will have to be able to deal with all manner of people in different situations, so effective communication skills are essential. It is not just about talking to people, it is also about listening and taking critical feedback.

Belief and Vision

Finally, if you don’t believe in yourself and your idea, you can’t expect others to. Believing and having a vision is one of the most important things with regards to your success. Entrepreneurs should have the ability to look to the future and see the bigger picture. They also understand their market and adapt themselves to meet demand.



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