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Business Advice: Starting Up

Welcome to is4profit free business advice section for startup businesses. Presented below is a selection of free advice articles to help you get your business startup off the ground such as customer care, simple book-keeping and VAT (including how VAT works and )

start up fundingHow to Fund a Start-up! 8 Tips

Sourcing finance is often a challenge for small businesses.

Discover the key options available to you including bank loans, government schemes, trade finance, factoring, invoice discounting and other flexible finance products…

What is VAT charged on?

VAT can be quite complex with reduced and zero rates and exempt supplies...

Startup Credit Control

Profitable startups owed money by creditors can go bust so practice good credit control...

Building a Cost Structure

When pricing a product or service make sure you have a consistent cost structure in place...

Licence or Lease?

Startups should know the key differences between a property licence and a lease...

Starting an Online Business

Understand these simple steps to ensure that your startup online business is a success...

First Steps

An overview and the first steps you will follow when venturing out on your own...

Capital Allowances

It is important for startups to understand that they cannot claim the cost of premises and equipment...

Buying a Franchise

You don't have to set up your business from scratch if you buy into a troed and tested franchise...

Financing Your Business

Deciding how much money you will need and the forms of finance is important to the survival of your fledgling business...

Setting Up an Office

When starting up it is vital that your premises are perfect for your business needs...

Ten Top Location Tips for Startups

When choosing where to work from bear these ten points in mind...

Simple Book-keeping

Record your business income and payments to monitor your cashflow...

Article Index
Before You Start
What Grants Are Available?
Identifying Possible Grants
The Application Process
Application Timescales
Grant Payments


Even experts can find it difficult to keep track of the hundreds of different grant schemes which keep appearing and disappearing.

This briefing will give you a good idea of whether your start-up business is likely to be eligible for a grant - and whether such a grant is worth the effort involved in applying.

It covers:

  • Which business activities are most likely to qualify.
  • Where additional aid is available in the UK.
  • What criteria a project must meet.
  • How to apply.
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