Business services

Businesses like accountants and employment agencies specialise in offering services to other businesses. If you have the right training and skills, this type of business might be right for you. Check out our practical guides for help.

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Accountant

Accountancy practices provide accounting and other services to local businesses, clubs, societies, charities and sometimes to private individuals. Read our practical guide on starting up and running your own accountancy business.

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Bookkeeper

Bookkeepers provide record keeping and management services to local businesses and sometimes to private individuals. Check out our practical guide for starting and running your own bookkeeping business.

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Contract cleaner

Although demand for contract cleaning services is steadily growing, it's a very competitive sector where rates are kept low. Check out our practical guide for starting and running your own contract cleaning business.

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Courier service

Couriers have benefited from the explosion in the popularity of online shopping as well as from private individuals buying and selling items on eBay. Check out our practical guide for starting and running your courier business.

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Graphic designer

Graphic designers are involved in all aspects of the design of digital and print products. Read our in-depth practical guide to starting up and running your own graphic design business.

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IFA

Independent financial advisers advise on investments, mortgages, pensions and other financial products. Read our in-depth practical guide to starting up and running your own IFA business.

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Intermediary

Just about everyone needs insurance at some point in their life. Get the essentials for starting up and running your own insurance intermediary business in our practical guide.

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Management consultant

If you're skilled at helping businesses to operate smoothly, setting up as a management consultant might be the right option for you. Our guide gives you all the essentials you need for starting up and running your own business.

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Office based

Lots of different types of business are run from an office such as consultancies, agencies and other service providers. Check out our practical guide for help with starting and running your own office-based business.

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Record label

Independent labels have benefited from the resurgence in sales of vinyl records in recent years, although some cut costs by releasing only digital music. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own record label business.

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Sign writer

You'll need to have good design, IT and practical skills if you want to offer traditional or computer-based sign writing services. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own sign writing business.

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Staff agency

Staff agencies meet the temporary and permanent staffing requirements of businesses in their area and many offer other services like HR, payroll and training. Our guide covers the key issues for starting and running your own agency.

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Waste collection

You'll need to comply with lots of environmental legislation if you're planning to offer waste disposal services. Read our in-depth practical guide to starting up and running your waste collection business.

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Web developer

You'll need a wide range of technical skills and expertise to be able to offer services like web development, programming or database design. Check out our practical guide for help with starting and running your web developer business.