We've been supporting ambitious entrepreneurs just like you to start, run, and grow successful small businesses since 1974. FSB is proud to be the leading voice of 5.5 million small business owners and the self-employed in the UK. From business law and taxes to building your business network, you’ll discover free practical advice and guidance on our start-up hub. Whether you’re ready to launch your great idea or grow your new business, we’re here to support you on your self-employment journey.
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Get set for success with our step-by-step guide to starting a business. It’s filled with top tips and advice from industry experts to help you carry out market research, build your brand, write a business plan, handle the paperwork and more.
Start-up success stories
Millions of business owners have been where you are today – but how did they get to where they are now? Explore inspirational start-up stories from award-winning FSB members who have taken the leap and turned their passion into a thriving business.
Meet the young entrepreneur taking the streetwear scene by storm. Brighton-based Ryan Jackson, owner of award-winning OG Kicks, shares his start-up story and advice for fellow business owners.
Meet Outside In Garden Rooms, a double award-winning Scottish business designing and building timber garden rooms. Co-founder Melanie Russell shares their start-up story.
Visit the award-winning Make An Entrance workshop in Lincolnshire, where Sam and Stuart Burlton are keeping the traditional skill of mat making alive.
Not sure where to begin? Tick paperwork off your to-do list with our handy guides to some of the planning and preparation you’ll need to have in place as a small business owner.
Ready to launch your start-up? Learn how to register a business with our step-by-step guide. It covers different business structures including sole trader, partnership, and limited company.
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.
Putting the right IT infrastructure in place is crucial for getting your great idea off the ground. Seven must-ask questions for start-ups.
Managing your finances
Being your own boss is exciting, but it also means you’re responsible for balancing the books. Get to grips with finance fundamentals, from filing your tax return to writing an invoice that gets paid on time.
Make sure it all adds up with our tax specialists’ beginner-friendly guide to small business taxes, including VAT, Making Tax Digital, self-assessments, and more.
FSB Business Banking explains why opening one is so important for managing your finances.
Get your invoices right from day one with our guide to how to write an invoice for sole traders and limited companies.
As a new small business owner, it’s likely you’ll have eyes on growing your business! Eight ways you can finance your business idea, from organic growth to seeking investment.
Whether you’re just starting out in business or are getting ready to file your tax return, our tax experts from FSB Tax Investigation Protection explain what business expenses you can claim as a sole trader or limited company.
Make your tax return less stressful with top tips for filing your self assessment from our specialists at FSB Tax Investigation Protection.
Marketing your new business
Getting the word out about your products or services is key to landing your first of many sales. Find tips for building your brand identity and discover ways to raise your profile.
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?
Learn how you can create consistency in your business with brand guidelines. Find out why you need them, what to include and how to make sure they’re followed.
Connect with like-minded business owners near you or build your business knowledge with webinars led by industry experts on a wide range of topics.