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Start your business with FSB

From start up to scale up, we’re here to help you on your business journey. Learn everything you need to know about starting a business, including business law basics, finance fundamentals and how to secure your first sale.

I want to start a business, but I don’t know where to begin...

Start with our free guide for start-ups

Learn about the basics of business with our step-by-step guide to starting a business.

Step 1: How to do market research
Step 2: Registering your business
Step 3: Building your brand identity
Step 4: Writing a brilliant business plan
Step 5: Business finance basics
Step 6: Your workplace
Step 7: Marketing your business online

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Already an FSB member? Download your copy here 

Say hello to your own team of experts

Business life can be tough, but with FSB by your side, we’ll help you get it right the first time. Don’t go it alone – included in your membership, you’ll have access to valuable benefits and services to support you every step of the way.

✔️ Legal guides & templates available on demand 24/7/365
✔️ Nationwide events and workshops
✔️ Legal helpline included in membership

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Hear small business experts including experts from FSB Care and FSB Funding Platform cover the key things you need to know... 

You'll discover whether to register as a sole trader, partnership or limited company is right for you, how to fund a new business, managing your cash flow, getting to grips with branding and marketing and online marketing and selling. You'll also hear how you can protect your physical and mental health when starting and running your own business. 

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I started my business during lockdown

Hear from three FSB members who started their business during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Meet the member: Briggy Owen, Phoenix Rose PR & Communications
Article Tue, 29 June 2021

Meet the member: Briggy Owen, Phoenix Rose PR & Communications

Briggy Owen started her business, Phoenix Rose PR & Communications, at the beginning of the first lockdown. We spoke to Briggy about starting a small business during a pandemic and how she's made the most of her FSB membership.

Meet the Member: Beena Sharma, Novus UK Group Limited
Article Mon, 14 June 2021

Meet the Member: Beena Sharma, Novus UK Group Limited

Beena Sharma started her business journey during the first lockdown. From accessing legal advice to support with setting up pensions for her growing team, Beena shares her experience of FSB membership and why she recommends FSB to start ups.

Meet the member: Lucy Rouse, Lucecannon PR
Article Mon, 15 February 2021

Meet the member: Lucy Rouse, Lucecannon PR

Lucy Rouse is the brain behind Lucecannon PR. We spoke to Lucy about her experience networking online and starting a business during lockdown.

Ready to take the leap and start a business?

Once you’ve downloaded our free guide, it’s time to think about the bigger picture. Get off to a flying start with the articles below.

What is a business plan?
Article Wed, 17 March 2021

What is a business plan?

Every small business needs a detailed business plan. Find out how your business plan can help your business grow and succeed, why it's so important and how to get started.

How to register a new business
Article Wed, 15 July 2020

How to register a new business

Which company structure should you choose for your new business? Learn about different types of business structures, including sole trader, partnership and limited company.

What legal documentation does my small business need?
Article Tue, 07 July 2020

What legal documentation does my small business need?

When running a business, legal documentation is a must. From tax to employment, we take you through some of the important things you need to have in black and white.

Based in Northern Ireland? 

Read our latest report, #BackToTheStartUp feauturing our recommendations to
encourage the growth of a start-up culture across Northern Ireland.

 

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Managing your finances

How to grow your start up with flexible funding options
Article Wed, 03 March 2021

How to grow your start up with flexible funding options

If you’ve recently started a new business venture and you’re looking to grow, learn about the flexible funding options available from FSB Funding Platform.

How to finance your business idea
Article Tue, 02 March 2021

How to finance your business idea

Ready to get your great business idea off the ground? From setting your objectives to applying for funding, find out how to get started.

How to effectively manage working capital
Article Tue, 30 June 2020

How to effectively manage working capital

Discover how you can keep track of your small business’ cash flow with our tips for effectively managing your finances.

Getting the word out

Once your business is up and running you'll need to raise your profile. Our guides will help you get started with marketing your business

Get to grips with Digital Marketing
Web page Wed, 11 November 2020

Get to grips with Digital Marketing

A digital business is an agile business. Get started with social media marketing with our free step-by-step course.

The seven most popular ways to promote your business
Article Mon, 31 August 2020

The seven most popular ways to promote your business

From Facebook adverts and newsletters to traditional print and PR, there are so many ways to promote your small business. But how do you know which is best?

E-commerce 101: How to run an online business
Article Fri, 03 July 2020

E-commerce 101: How to run an online business

Expanding your bricks and mortar into clicks and mortar is easier than you think.

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