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Business enterprise
People who run their own businesses often do so for one reason - to make money!

Social enterprise
So, you think you have a great business idea that could save the world?! If you’re thinking of starting a social enterprise, have a look at these pointers to help you get started.

Could you be an entrepreneur?
An entrepreneur is someone who starts their own business. Read on to find out if you've got what it takes to succeed.

How to start your own business
Founder of tyre retailer Black Circles Mike Welch has come a long way since leaving school with only an E in maths.

What's your problem?
Finding an affordable solution to a common problem is the key to setting up a successful business.

Good idea vs. bad idea
Deciding what product or service your business or social enterprise will offer is crucial.

What is a USP?
No matter how great your business idea is, it’s very unlikely that someone else hasn’t thought of something similar before. What makes your business special?

Crazy business ideas that work!
Want to start a business, but worried that your idea is too ‘out there’? Take courage! All of the wacky ventures below are turning a profit, despite being pretty unusual!

Five ways to get money for your business
Starting your own company can be a costly business. Knowing where to find the funding will have a huge impact on whether your idea is viable.

Business terms explained
Don’t know your assets from your expenses? Business might sometimes sound like a different language, but our quick guide to some common terms in business and accountancy will get you speaking it like a pro.

What is market research?
You may think that you have stumbled across the best invention since the wheel. But, if it doesn't get your customers in a spin, you may as well forget it.

Types of market research
You will want to gather as much data as possible in the time you've got, so think carefully how you will go about it.

What is a SWOT analysis?
SWOT analysis is one way to work out if your business or social enterprise can succeed before you've even started.

How do you assess risk?
Running a business involves taking risks. But to be a success you've got to decide which risks you're willing to take.

Choosing a name for your company
First impressions are key, so choosing the right name for your business or social enterprise is important for your success.

How to patent your product
So you've got a great idea but you don't want someone else to steal it. Find out how to protect your idea by patenting your product.

Your business: Pricing
You've found the best thing since sliced bread. But how do you put a price tag on your wonderful new product?

Your business: Advertising
You’ve hit on a winning product. Now all you need to do is convince other people to buy it.

How to write marketing materials
If you're starting a business, marketing materials are how you first let the world know about your brilliant idea.

Social media marketing
Get a grip on social media marketing, and you could have many more potential customers within your reach.

What is an elevator pitch?
Could you describe your business or enterprise idea in 60 seconds flat?

Starting a franchise
If you are thinking about starting a business, why not consider a franchise?

Entrepreneur advice from Angels Den
How many angels does it take to make a business work? What’s the most feather-brained business idea on the planet? Angels Den founder Bill Morrow answers all these questions and explains how his business, which links entrepreneurs with investors, helps others like him.

Tax advice for start-up businesses
Paying tax when you’re self-employed can seem confusing, but you can’t afford to get it wrong. Read on to make sure you don’t make mistakes.

Your business questions answered by Duane Jackson
Tech entrepreneur Duane Jackson took to Twitter to answer your questions about starting a business.

Running a small business from home
Many people run small businesses from their home. Read on for our advice on how to keep things going smoothly – and yourself sane.

How to write a business plan
Entrepreneur and investor Mark Pearson reveals how to put together a plan that shows you really mean business.

How to make a business budget
Your budget is one of the most important parts of your business or social enterprise plan.

New Enterprise Allowance explained
The New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) offers up to £65 a week to start a business if you're on certain benefits.