Starting a business

You may be planning to start a business or perhaps you’ve already begun. Find advice on the essentials, from writing a business plan to intellectual property.

Download your business plan template

Created especially for start-ups, our business plan checklist includes some helpful hints as well as what to include.

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Starting up a business

Finding customers, funding, business structures and planning, working from home, mistakes to avoid, tax, legal issues and useful video diaries from real businesses – it’s all here.

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Business support and advice

You may need support to help you start or grow your business. There are organisations in Scotland that can offer business support and advice in areas like starting up, improving skills, international trade, innovation and efficiency.

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Form a company or business

Limited company, partnership, sole trader...the legal structure you choose for your business will affect your tax, paperwork and personal financial liability. Take a look at our guides to see how.

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Intellectual property

Limited company, partnership, sole trader...the legal structure you choose for your business will affect your tax, paperwork and personal financial liability. Take a look at our guides to see how.

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Guide

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Naming a business

There are a few rules when it comes to naming your business. Follow them, and you’ll have a name that says the right things and serves you well.

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Buy a business or franchise

Obviously you need to understand the actual business you’re considering buying, but you also need to know things like your obligations to staff and the details of contracts and agreements.

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Guide

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Create business plan

A business plan can help you secure funding, as well as clarifying how your business will work, who your customers are, and how much money you’ll make.

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Intellectual property

Whether you’ve created a product, a logo or a piece of software, you’ll need to protect it to stop people using it without your permission. We can tell you how.

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Download your business plan checklist

Created especially for start-ups, our business plan checklist includes some helpful hints as well as what to include.

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