Before considering starting a business it is usually advisable to obtain business advice. Getting it right from the start will save you time and money. Sitting in a coffee shop everyday might not mean that you know how to run a coffee shop - it might not be as easy as you think.

There a number of areas to consider before starting a business as things change from time-to-time. For example, every year the government within the Budget will make announcements on matters that affects small businesses. In some cases the changes may not take effect for years, but as a professional our role is to ensure that the information that we share is up to date, relevant and it will assist you to gain a better understanding of the business that you plan to start.

Listening is a major asset for any adviser, we need to be able to hear what you have to say, equip you with the relevant information and stand alongside you until you are confident to make it work. We assist you to think objectively and provide you with the relevant information, so that you can put together a business plan confidently.

There is a maze of terminology that you need to get your head around. At the same time you must gain a working knowledge of a break-even analysis, cash-flow forecast and sales forecast to enable your business to operate. Business advisers assist you to take your business idea to the next level.

You may need guidance in the areas of:

Market research, a marketing strategy, understanding the basics of acquiring business premises, employing staff, gaining access to funding - we are here to make it easier for you.

Planning for the future and looking at areas such as developing your business internationally, considering a franchise, succession planning amongst other areas are equally important. A business adviser will assist you to gain a working knowledge in all areas.

I know that once you have run a business you will have the experience to start another business, but will you understand the new sector, the rules and regulations that relate to that new business? There are several organisations that offer start up advice. We work closely with the FSB in delivering business start-up advice to their members.

Knowing what the steps are in a potentially difficult process can encourage you to take that first step. Make that step worthwhile with some good business advice.

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