How to Start Your Business in Five Steps
Updated: Jan 7
Do you want to start your business and join 15% of the UK workforce that has registered itself as self-employed?
Well, you are in the right place!
In the UK, starting your business is exceptionally easy and relatively low-cost.
Yet – most people end up hitting a roadblock or never fulfilling their dreams.
Noirwolf friendly team is here with an easy-to-follow 5-step guide on how to start your business and help you focus on the essentials.
So, how do you do that? We will tell you.
Let’s get started on helping you with some tips for kick-starting your business in the UK.
1. First things first, draft a business plan
As a small business owner, writing a business plan is essential. It will help you set your objectives, develop ideas, and plan out goals for both the short and long term.
Additionally, it will make you aware of all the things that you are trying to achieve, and will also help you in presenting your business idea to people outside your business - like a bank or potential investors who might be willing to invest in your company.
Regardless of how you intend to use your business plan, you must frame it properly, with utmost honesty, and professionalism. Remember, your business plan is the first introduction of your business to the outside world. Therefore, make sure that it is nothing short of the best.
We will highly recommend you go through the business plans of businesses like yours to get an idea of the format and brand positioning.
An expertly written business plan is well-researched and contains budget forecasts. Business Plan guidance is available here on the HMRC website and free business plan examples (all industries) on plans.
2. Financial Analysis
To support your business plan, you will typically require supporting financials to complement your business plan documents. Typically includes:
A. Personal finances (i.e. survival budget, savings)
B. Start-up costs
C. Sales Forecast
D. Cashflow Forecast
E. Profit and Loss
F. Assets and depreciation
G. If required: Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) and critical figures for investors
GOV.UK provides links to templates and examples of business plans. The leading banks offer helpful tips for constructing a business plan; Barclays, Lloyds sample business plan provides explanatory text and HSBC asks a structured set of questions.
3. Business Name and Location
Once you have the business plan and financials ready with you, it is the right time to establish your business with Companies House – choose a name and address, making sure your company name is unique.
If you are the sole proprietor, your name can also work as the business name.
A business address is essential in the UK for tax purposes and to get your company registered with Companies House.
4. Sorting banks, accounts, and finances
Successful businesses maintain separate bank accounts to the owner’s funds, manage a budget (forecast and actuals), for ease of operations utilize a simple bookkeeping system, and potentially, an accountant.
At a bare minimum, you must keep a record of all sales and costs in a book, spreadsheet, or word document.
5. Take care of tax and legal requirements
As you set up your own business, you must do things right from square one. One such critical element to take care of is the tax and legal implications.
To avoid any difficulties, it is advisable to register your business for Self-Assessment to pay taxes.
If you have decided to set up your company as a private limited company or limited liability partnership, you will also need to pay corporation tax on the profits made.
In addition to taking care of taxes, you are also required to abide by the UK legal requirements. It would help if you satisfied all regulatory laws related to running a business (i.e. employer liability, licensing, data protection, health and safety, and so on).
These steps are straightforward and are easy to accomplish.
Additionally, free UK startup information webinars and courses are available from Start&Grow.
Sounds Tough? Noirwolf is here to help!
Undoubtedly, starting a new business could prove to be a stressful experience.
You might already be running a few ventures and falling short of time to invest in this new idea. Or you might be having a 9-to-5 job with no time to work on your startup.
Irrespective of your case, Noirwolf consulting is here to help! We help people looking to start their business across the UK and internationally.
About Noirwolf Consulting
Noirwolf Consulting is a trusted provider of professional business plan writing services and business consulting services for entrepreneurs, startups, and small-midsized businesses in the UK and USA markets.
Our business plan development process includes all critical aspects to help you create a successful business plan that is customized to meet your individual needs, whether it is starting your business or looking to secure a bank loan.
Our business plans typically include - company overview, market analysis, competitor research, marketing, and sales approach, operations plan, and a comprehensive financial forecast with projected financial statements. Ideal for bank loans, financing or to support a business manager visa application.
You can see all the information in one place and modify it to suit your financing or immigration visa requirements.
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