Guide

Starting a business: first steps

Last updated: 21 September 2017

Starting a business

For general information about starting a business, this Business Gateway guide will explain:

  • funding
  • business structures and planning
  • working from home
  • starting a business in tough economic times
  • mistakes to avoid
  • tax
  • legal issues
  • useful video diaries from real businesses

Form a company or business

Business Gateway has created a guide on forming a company or business. It has information on:

  • how the legal structure you choose for your business will affect your tax
  • paperwork
  • personal financial liability

Naming your business

There are a few rules you need to follow when you're naming your business. Business Gateway has published guidance to help you pick the right name.

Creating your first business plan

Writing a business plan can help you secure funding and understand your business better.

Tools to help your develop a business plan:

Starting a business: first steps
Starting a business