Starting up

My New Business

Start your business here

  • Over 200 new video and learning resources
  • Create your own checklist from our recommended start-up tasks
  • Access government services online
Get started

Before you start

Forming and naming your business

Your workplace

Tax, payroll & company information

Employing people

Managing your business

Help and support

Go for growth

Starting up - site map


The business in you

Starting and growing a business - tips and tools from real-life success stories


HMRC registration service

Need to register for business taxes? Use the new HMRC tax registration service

Register online for business taxes

Understand your market

How to find out about customers and competitors

Researching your market and competition

How much money do you need?

Work out the cost of starting and running a new business

Identify your start-up costs and manage your money. Find out how to forecast your cashflow and record your profit and loss

Be your own boss

Decide if you've got what it takes

Learn about the qualities you need to be your own boss and how you can use your skills and experience to get your business up and running

Your business options

Understand the different business types

Learn about the different types of business and legal structures to help you choose the right one for your new business

Your business type

Choose the right business model and legal structure

Tutorials, videos and tools to help you decide how to become self-employed - from sole trader to limited company, franchisee to social enterprise and more

Create your business plan

All you need to know to write your plan

What you need to include in your business plan and how to create one step-by-step

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