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Getting going

Be inspired - things you could do

  • Be prepared to start small - you won't need much capital to set up as a cleaner or window cleaner but they're usually in great demand and you won't need an office.
  • Keep up with the local news and new local business development to help you identify a gap. 
  • Look at Start up Britain for business ideas.  
  • Read appropriate topics from Gov.UK's very comprehensive setting up guide that includes market research, choosing a legal structure, cash flow, IT needs and much more.
  • Consider looking at existing businesses for sale.  It may not be a low-cost method of going it alone but the advantages are that the business will already be trading and there will be a record of how it's performing so you can assess whether you could improve things. Get tips on negotiating when buying a businessand advice from startups  about buying a business.

Does your idea have potential?

Do a Word Document SWOT analysis - strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats - to evaluate your idea.

Look at GOV UK's advice     

Mentoring and training

For local mentoring advice go to the new National Web Portal - - which helps people starting and growing a business, or thinking about doing so.

Interested in setting up a Social Enterprise? The West Sussex Social Enterprise Network website has useful information sheets and details of local training events.

Forming your organisation

Use the start-up checklist to make sure you cover the basics from market research to deciding what sort of business structure you want, opening a bank account and dealing with the practicalities of setting up an office.

The high street bank offer guidance if you look around their websites.  

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