Why not start a business from home?

It’s simple to start a business from home and growing numbers of people are doing it.

Stained Glass Boat
Why not start up in Stained Glass manufacturing

There are 2.9m home-based businesses in the UK and they contribute £300 billion to the economy. As part of its long-term economic plan to back businesses, the government has made it even easier to start a business from home.

The Home Business Guide explains the process of setting up a business from home and dispels common myths. It covers business essentials like rates, insurance and health and safety considerations. Here are some ideas you need think about when starting a home based business:-

  • You will also need to consider whether planning permission is required to run a business from home. The local planning authority will determine this on the individual merits of a case.
  • Check if your home business will be subject to business rates. Generally, you shouldn’t have to pay business rates for minor business use of the home.
  • The Health and Safety Executive’s home working guide will help you to check that your home business meets health and safety requirements.
  • Home business must still decide on the legal structure of your business. Sole traders, business partnerships and individual partners must register for self-assessment with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).Private limited companies and Limited Liability Partnership (LLPs) must register with Companies House.
  • You should let your landlord know that you are planning to run a business from home and get their consent before doing so. The government has confirmed that social tenants are able to start and run a business from home.
  • If you own a leasehold property you should check your lease for any restrictions.

 

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Loosley taken from: http://www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/where-to-get-start-up-advice/

So where can you get good startup advice?

So you’re ready to start a business. The UK has a very supportive environment for startups, with a flourishing wealth of networks, groups and organisations for all types and styles of new business, where you can get practical advice, ideas and make many valuable contacts.

Australian waste bin
Get good advice before things start to go wrong – and end up in the dustbin

Taking good advice at this planning stage may well help you avoid costly mistakes later on. A business mentor can give you honest and constructive feedback, as well as provide useful contacts and pass on valuable experience. There are mentorship programmes to suit all kinds of businesses, including startups.

Here at Owl Communications we work closely with The National Centre for Micros Business.  All NCMB mentors are fully trained – get in touch to see how we can help.

http://www.ncmb.co.uk/

There is a wide array of services across England, offered by National Enterprise Network, New Entrepreneurs Foundation, School for Startups, Women in Enterprise, Local Growth Hubs and Enterprise Nation to name just a few.

You can get help with advice and support if you’re out of work from the New Enterprise Allowance, which can provide advice, mentoring support and financial help.

There are several membership organisations which represents and helps owners and directors of small and growing businesses, like The Federation of Small Business, British Chambers of Commerce, Institute of Directors and the ICAEW Business Advice Service.

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Loosely taken from: http://www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/where-to-get-start-up-advice/

Round the Island Race 2014

2011-11-02 09.41.39I was lucky enough to have the time to enter the Round the Island race on 21st June.  Along with 1500+ entries we started from Cowes and sailed around the Isle of Wight to finish back at Cowes some 11 hours later.  This year the weather gave us light winds, so the start proved tricky as the ebb tide was pushing many boats over the start line before the gun even had gone! After a successful beat to the Needles, we rounded before the tide changed, which gave us a good advantage in the light airs, once past St Catherines point the wind died completely, but luckily we had the tide with us and managed to drift on toward Bembridge Ledge, where the wind picked up and we again tacked up to the finish line.

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To our great surprise, we crossed the line to win our division, came 4th in the group and 22nd overall.

Many thanks to the Island Sailing Club for organising the event – quite a task with so many competitors.

It just goes to show that with some perseverance anyone can achieve successful results – now get out and apply this to your business!  We all have the potential to be a winner, especially with the right help, and careful planning.

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