So you've got an idea and you want to turn it into a business. Everyone you talk to thinks it's brilliant and you spend a lot of time talking about your future plans - developing the brand, the second, third, tenth product - supporting the cause you care about with your profits. Maybe you talk about becoming a billionaire and living on a Caribbean island?!
A Conservative majority would put EU membership back on the agenda and, even if David Cameron did not intend for the referendum to actually take place, it will undoubtedly negatively affect the UK's tech industry. It is worth remembering that, if managed properly, the UK's tech industry could easily surpass financial services as the nation's main driver of economic growth.
Today Virgin Media Business is launching '#VOOM: Pitch to Rich 2015', a nationwide hunt for the most innovative and creative business people across the UK. Finalists will have the chance to pitch their idea to Richard Branson himself for a chance to win a share of a £1m prize pot - the biggest accelerator prize in British business history.
Do you know which political party will offer the best package of policies to support Britain's growing army of small businesses over the next five years? There are now record numbers of small firms in the UK, they account for as much as 96 per cent of the UK private sector, generating around a third of private sector turnover.
I've been thinking a lot about failure recently. Over the years, I shudder to think about how much time I have wasted worrying about whether I have failed a test or haven't done 'well enough'. And when I did fail something, like my first driving test for example, it undoubtedly only served to make me a better driver in the end. The angst of worrying about the failure was pointless...
According to the Small Business Federation, businesses that seek support are 70% more likely to survive beyond the first 5 years. It's not rocket science - like everything in life, you're more likely to succeed with input from those who've done it before. Entire business sectors have grown based on that premise...
New figures reveal that 4.5 million people are now self-employed, the highest number since records began in 1992, with an increase of 404,000 over the past year alone. Although the path to economic recovery has still some way to go, the spirit of enterprise is alive and kicking among the UK's teenagers.