Expert guides and practical tips to help you run your small business better
Browse our collection of helpful guides to get your small business running like a well-oiled machine.
Small business tips, guides and resources
Starting your business
All business types
Are you dreaming of starting your own business? Take control of your career with our easy-to-follow startup guide.
Should you run your business as a sole trader or limited company? Find out which structure is the best fit for you.
Learn how to register your business in the UK as a limited company, LLP, sole trader, partnership or overseas company.
Find out if you have to use a business bank account to manage your finances.
Here’s a quick guide to the common types of business bank accounts in the UK to help you decide on the best setup for your business.
Looking to hire an accountant to help with your business finances? Emily Coltman FCA gives her top tips on what to look out for.
Sole traders and partnerships
Get an overview of the basic legal responsibilities that you must keep on top of in your new life as a sole trader.
Here's a quick guide to the simple rules you have to follow when you set out in business as a sole trader.
Explore the key differences between accruals basis accounting and cash basis accounting, and the factors to consider when choosing which to use.
Thinking about forming a limited company but feeling a bit overwhelmed? This guide explains everything you need to do.
Setting your registered office address is an important step when you run a limited company. Find out how to get it right first time.
Running your business
A guide to the most important types of insurance to consider when you run a small business.
Practical advice for small businesses to protect against hacks, ransomware, phishing emails and more.
Simple measures you can take to keep your business safe, maintain customer trust and comply with laws like GDPR and the Data Protection Act.
Follow these simple tips to get on your accountant's good side and help your relationship blossom into something beautiful.
Working from home doesn’t have to be hard work! Here are a few different apps that can help make working from home more efficient and enjoyable.
What is a cashflow forecast and why should you make one for your business? Find out in this guide including a free cashflow forecasting template.
When meetings are done badly they can become a major drain on your time and productivity. Here are a few tips on making meetings work for you.
It’s likely that you've developed a business plan and set some key goals to aim for on your road to success – but how are you reviewing progress?
FreeAgent partner Company Bug on why you need to take time off from your business and how you can organise a well-deserved break.
Growing your business
Wondering where to take your business next? Our guide to strategies for growth will show you how to turn a small business into a big one.
Marketing is crucial if you want to reach new customers and grow your small business – but it doesn't have to break the bank.
Networking is a valuable skill for small businesses. Here are our top tips to get ahead.
Are your business goals working for you? Discover how approaching goals from a different angle could make them work better for you.
Find out what customer concentration is, what the risks are and how you can address high customer concentration in your business.
Managing your finances
Find out where you can apply for grant funding for your startup or small business, and learn about the application process.
The traditional route of securing a bank loan is not always all that easy. Here are a few alternative options that you might want to consider.
Worried that you'll struggle to get a mortgage as a self-employed business owner? Follow this guide to find out how you can improve your chances.
Find out what help is available from the government and what you can do to prepare your business for periods when you're not fit to work.
Are self-employed mums entitled to maternity pay? Discover what options are available in this guide.
Our handy guide for the self-employed will help you sort out your pension worries in six easy steps.
Are you self-employed person with student loan debt? This guide will tell all about the DIY required to pay back that debt.
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