This can be a somewhat precarious time to set up your own business but there will be many people who are thinking along those lines, having lost their jobs to the recession and who are struggling to find anything else.
For those who would like to take the plunge and try their hand at setting up their own business, the very first thing you need to do is research. Research the market, find out if there is an unfulfilled gap that you can fit into, a product or service that is needed or in short supply of. When you think you have researched enough, do some more and then some more.
These findings will be the foundations of your overall business and you may well find that you make various changes in direction along the way.
Talk to other people and don't be afraid to learn from their mistakes. Be a little cautious when you hear full on horror stories or mega success stories. Even today's top businesses have trod a rough path at times to reach the success they have now. The horror stories of people losing everything are sometimes down to outside influences like the recession but often down to bad management and trying to run before you can walk.
One thing is for sure, business banking is an absolute essential aspect to get right from the outset. Take advice long before you set your company up. Advice from a business banking official is a good place to start because they are the ones that have been privy to the comings and goings of the finances of companies that have both made it and ones that have failed.
Your business banking advisor will be able to advice you on your business plan and you will often be allocated a personal manager so you will always know that you have someone who has been with your company from the start - it saves you having to explain everything from the start every time you need to deal with your bank.
Choose the right bank and your new company will also receive eighteen months free banking and a business planning software - all extremely useful while you are trying to establish your company. Most business accounts will supply you with all the details you need for online and telephone banking. These are both godsends when it comes to trying to deal with financial matters out of office hours or on saving much time getting to a local bank, parking, queuing etc.
The UK is truly a multi-cultural society now and to this end it has been found that many who follow the laws of Islam also want to set up businesses but their banking rules are different to ours. In order to have the best shot at a successful company without breaking any Islamic laws on banking, the best thing is to find a bank that will give you an Islamic Business Account with all the usual benefits of a standard business account. Many banks now do Islamic banking that is Shariah approved and most often run by Muslims who are professionals in the financial laws of Islam.
Of course, Islam is not the only group who will not necessarily fit into the average business banking laws. There are, for instance, schools and charity's that will have a different way of running their finances and for those there are special accounts for schools and for non-profit organisations.
Whichever type of business you are thinking of branching into, take advice on your finances from a tried and trusted body that you can rely on and do the research.