Starting a Business

24 Things You Could Do After Maternity Leave

Soozi Baggs | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

Please don't stop at dreaming. Do something about it. There really are loads of opportunities out there which will help you to change your life for the better. I've distilled some of these ideas into a handy list for you. This is your 'what I could do after maternity leave' list. Read it, pick out a few, and develop them into your own ideas.

The Cure for Unhappiness

Maite Baron | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

It shouldn't come as any surprise to learn that children are for the most part pretty happy. After all, they have lots of play time, get everything done for them and don't have to worry about paying the bills.

Money Rich, Time Poor: How to Make Work a Labour of Love

Maite Baron | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

How much leisure time do we actually need? I ask the question because new research suggests that we are starting to think differently about our 'time off'.

How to Recognise Your Moment of Realisation (and What You Can Do About It)

Anna Margolis | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Margolis

All too quickly those childhood dreams and aspirations ebbed away as the responsibilities of your first mortgage, meeting your partner, marriage, children, a bigger house and simply staying afloat rapidly took centre stage. And before you knew it, there you were, slap bang in the middle of the rat race.

If Djokovic and Federer Did Start Ups

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK
Vivi Friedgut

Djokovic slipped a number of times - he took a tumble, shook it off and got back up. Federer's cool demeanor is majestic - the man is almost completely unflappable... If you treat each win (and each loss) as a single step in a long journey then a stumble is temporary, a rejection an opportunity to learn and a criticism a chance to improve and tweak.

If You Don't Know Your Numbers, You're Screwed as an Entrepreneur

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Vivi Friedgut

And what is critical for future workers is equally critical for future business owners. How much more important is being a financially capable entrepreneur when there is no corporate safety net should productivity or mental health be impaired.

What I Wish I Knew at the Start

Rob Law | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Rob Law

As any entrepreneur will tell you, founding your own company is far from an easy ride. Starting my business was the most rewarding thing I've ever done. I had a very clear vision of my product and what I wanted to achieve so I was lucky, but it still took an awful lot of determination and hard work.

Can You Start a Business at University?

Nick Morris | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Morris

A few months ago, I spent an extremely enjoyable afternoon at my old school giving a Careers talk about start-ups. Interestingly, the most pressing question that emerged from these 6th-formers was whether they were about to waste £27,000 and three years of their life on a University degree if what they were really passionate about was starting their own business.

University Courses Can Be the Solution to Starting a Successful Business

Alex Muller | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Muller

As we now have embraced an entrepreneurial culture in Britain there are no restrictions which prevent anyone from starting their own business.

How Leaving My Job Was Similar to Leaving My Husband

Soozi Baggs | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

This sounds like a flippant statement but it's not meant to be. Leaving my job to go self employed, and leaving my husband to go it alone as a single parent, were both incredibly important and emotional times in my life. Times filled with fear, doubt, uncertainty, and plenty of tears. And on recent reflection I realised that I'd gone through many of the same thoughts and feelings during each of them.

How Important Is Experience for a Young Entrepreneur?

Nick Morris | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK
Nick Morris

Many of the people who ask my initial question clearly believe there is, but - while it shouldn't come as a surprise that as a young entrepreneur I'll be fighting the corner of the youth view - for me, dismissing the ambitions and prospects of a budding entrepreneur purely because of their age or corporate experience is at best, shortsighted, and at worst, a view rooted in envy.

Turning to the Bank of Friends & Family to Fund Your Start-up

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

In the last year alone one in five small business owners has turned to the bank of 'friends and family' for start-up capital, and almost three quarters launched their new business ventures with working capital of £2,000 or less.

Made a Resolution to Start a Business This Year? Here's How You Can Make It Happen

Neeta Patel | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK
Neeta Patel

January is generally a time for resolutions and change. Most of us have the opportunity to think and reflect on the year gone by and make plans for the year ahead. Many of us start with good intentions but I wonder how many of us actually stick with our resolutions?

Convert Empty Garages Into Affordable Studios and Workshops for Start-Ups

Steve O'Connell | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Steve O'Connell

Thousands of garages are estimated to be lying empty in London alone. My report, From Lock Up to Start Up has identified 3,275 empty garages owned between just ten housing associations across the Capital. Converting some of these empty garages into basic standard, affordable studios, workshops and commercial space could provide the much needed affordable space that London's start-ups and micro businesses so desperately need.

Do Women Need to be More Confident or Arrogant to Make it in Business?

Jessica Rose | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Rose

It seems fairly obvious that women, on the whole, would be less confident about starting a business as a result of decades of sexism and women being seen as less than equal in the workplace. However it shouldn't be shrugged off, as the repercussions are vast.

Starting a Business - Six Things to Think About

Sian Breslin | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Tech
Sian Breslin

What I have learnt is been similar to a younger male or female member of a startup, the only difference being they have the world in front of them. Get the start up right and you'll be set up for life. These are the 6 key things that I have considered in the journey to where I am now.

10,000 Businesses Started!

Yasmina Siadatan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Yasmina Siadatan

What a long way we have come. I can remember when we administered the first £1million. It seemed like a huge milestone. It seems like only yesterday we had provided loans to 5,000 businesses and now we have passed the 10,000th milestone. We should be very proud of what we have achieved, but there is still a long way to go...

Poorna Bell

Meet The Darlings Of The Dessert World: The Meringue Girls

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Meringues: we just thought they were crunchy sweet things that you found in a pavlova or an Eton Mess, but it turns out there are so many ways to make...

Britain: Entrepreneurship Hub or Bubble?

George Georgiopoulos | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
George Georgiopoulos

While working as a consultant in London a few years ago, I remember it as a "suit city" like New York. However, over the past two years, a lot of investment has been committed to change this - as evidenced by the Sirius Programme. This shows that the British government is taking this movement sirius-ly and will support its growth over the coming years.

Can You Build a Business Without Finance?

Zoe Cunningham | Posted 27.12.2013 | UK Tech
Zoe Cunningham

In the startup world of Tech City, Shoreditch everything seems to centre around finance. Budding entrepreneurs seem to spend as much time writing slide decks and pitching their offering as they do developing it.

Are Women Better Off Running Their Own Business?

Jessica Rose | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Rose

Had I gone the traditional route I am doubtful I would be a company Director at 26. Which begs the question, are women better off striking out on their own and running their own businesses?

A New Deal for New Business

George Freeman | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Politics
George Freeman

Every good business knows that you can never let a crisis go to waste. To turn this crisis into our opportunity we must, like Mr Meyer and his fire station, start from the basics. The first flagship and most daring policy of an entrepreneurial public sector would be making Britain the best place on earth to start a new business.

Women Should Be Gentle Flowers and Not Harsh Business Owners!

Jessica Rose | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Rose

If a man runs a business he is generally seen as successful, ambitious, reputable, strong, powerful and a target of admiration for all. He will never get called 'bossy' for telling people what to do. In contrast, if a woman runs a business it is usually seen as a problem. What's wrong with her? Can she not have kids? Did someone give her the money to fund this little project?

Didn't Get the A-level Results You Needed? Don't Worry Success Doesn't Require a Degree

Jessica Rose | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Rose

I did go to Uni, but not out of a choice or really wanting to, mainly due to social pressures that make every young person feel they should, or have to. As a result I dropped out after 1-year to set up my own business making and selling jewellery, which turned out to be the best decision I ever made.

Ways to Save Money for Your Business

Zahra Razavi | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK
Zahra Razavi

Given the current state of economic affairs in Great Britain, not to mention Europe, and indeed the rest of the world, it's no surprise that just about every business is cutting back on expenditure wherever possible. If you're thinking about where to make savings in your own business, here are some important areas to consider.