Working for yourself

  • Franchising

    Franchising: Join a team to go it alone

    Franchising is big business; you’ve long dreamed of running your own business, but you’re not sure where to start. What about overheads, staff training and finding a decent location visible to the public? Don’t let this deter you, because the answer could be franchising: For roughly the price of a market stall outlay, you could

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    life as a freelance editor

    Female Entrepreneurs

    Female entrepreneurs are on the rise…you fold the letter carefully, licking the envelope with a smile. You ask for a few quiet words with your boss, and once you’re alone, you hand in your notice. You’re going home, but you’re not on maternity leave. Quietly, night after night, and in any spare moments, you’ve been

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    Should my company be limited?

    Employing Staff: Your responsibilities

    Employing staff is a big responsibility and taking on your first member of staff is a big step. As well as being an exciting stage in the development of your business, it also comes with extra responsibilities. What steps do you need to make sure you follow when taking on your first employees? Setting Wages

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    Marketing your business

    Developing a marketing plan for your new business

    Developing a marketing plan is one of the first things you need to put in place when establishing a new business. There’s no point selling an excellent product or service if no one knows about you. If you’re putting together a plan, what points should you be considering? Do Your Research Any good marketing strategy

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    income protection insurance

    Coping with redundancy

    Coping with redundancy can be difficult; losing your job often comes as a huge shock and it can be hard to deal with. It’s important to try and stay positive and focus on the next stage of your life, even if that seems uncertain. There are ways in which you can cope with the stresses

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    renting a home

    Buy to Let: It’s not as easy as it sounds

    Thinking of getting a ‘Buy to Let’? Over recent years, our TV screens have been awash with programs about buying property for investment purposes; whether it’s to renovate and sell on at profit or rent out as a long term investment. But many people were stung when property values crashed and getting finance was like

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