When you are considering starting a business there are lots of tools to help you, here is a selection of web resources that may be of interest:
TEG Kickstart - Business Accelerator The Online Accelerator course from The Enterprise Group will help you decide if starting and running a business is for you. Let’s face it - business ownership isn’t for everyone. It can be a hard and stressful road to tread, but if you are someone who is driven to succeed, it’s the most rewarding job in the world. There are 6 modules to complete at your own pace, including finance, marketing and leadership. Students and graduates have access to this FREE resource. Use this link to register: https://virtual.teguk.co.uk/register/Most-Popular/ and use the code UoC-Students
Important: You will need to make sure you set your location as 'cumbria' (even if you are based elsewhere in the country) and enter the code UoC-Students (this is case sensitive) in the 'Coupon Code' box. If you have any problems getting set up, you can email email@example.com for help. There's also a video you can watch to help you complete the form - watch video.
The Prince’s Trust provide a useful business plan template that you can find here. Whilst the Prince’s Trust target people aged 11 to 30, they have a good range of useful resources available to everyone, and are well worth checking out. Visit their website at https://www.princes-trust.org.uk.
Lots of useful information on business planning can be found on the UK Government's website at www.gov.uk
The Federation of Small Business provides information on everything from deciding on your business to protecting your intellectual property.
The Intellectual Property Office provide help and support so that you can protect your business with regards to areas such as, Trade Marks, Patents, Design, IP Crime and Infringement, Copyright and so much more.
Creative Boom provide some interesting insights on portfolio careers.
The British Association of Women Entrepreneurs provides support for female entrepreneurs and Flourish CIC offer a range of workshops and information targeted specifically at female social entrepreneurs.
If you are thinking about setting your business up as a Limited Company, Companies House provides an in-depth range of information to help and support you.
Other information can be found at Tech Nation, the digital business academy.
If you are considering a social enterprise there is lots of useful information via Social Enterprise UK.
UnLtd offer a range of help and support including business tools to help you if you are considering starting a social enterprise or if you are looking to scale up your current social enterprise.
Startups provides a good range of case studies and resources which you might find of interest, there are other resources available so please take time to have a look around.
Start-up Donut also provide a range of information and could be worth checking out.
The Plunkett Foundation provides information targeted at social enterprise supporting local communities, they produce a regular newsletter to keep you informed.
It is important to check information and use it as guide. Case studies about how people have developed their business can be useful to bring inspiration at those times when the going is tough.
Information about setting up a business can be found on the UK Government website as well as information about business tax if you are self-employed. You can download a pdf of ‘Thinking of working for yourself’. For more information about what you need to do click here.
If you are considering setting up or buying into a franchise you will find information at the British Franchise Association website.