ByteStart’s Guide to Professional Indemnity Insurance – What You Need to Know Before Buying Cover

Guide to Professinal Indemnity Insurance

If you are in business, or are starting up a new venture, and are providing any type of professional service to clients, you will need to look at taking out Professional Indemnity Insurance cover.

Professional indemnity insurance, or PI insurance, as it’s often called, is an insurance policy that will protect you from claims made by clients who are not satisfied with the work you have done for them. (more…)

Auto-Enrolment – 5 Common small business questions, answered

Many small business owners are now tackling Auto-Enrolment for the first time. The subject is throwing up lots of questions, and with deadlines looming, small businesses need to ensure they get their Auto-Enrolment Pension Scheme in place in time.

To help, we asked Paul Budgen of NEST, which has been set up by the government especially for auto enrolment, to answer 5 of the most common questions small businesses are asking about auto-enrolment pensions; (more…)

Why it’s Vital You Have Clear ‘Terms & Conditions’ for Your Business

setting Terms & Conditions for your business

New start-ups and small businesses often fail to give much thought to their standard “Terms and Conditions of Business” (T&Cs). That is, until there is a dispute with a customer, by which time it may be too late.

To help make sure you protect your business, and only work on the basis of your Terms and Conditions of Business, we asked Sheren Thiara, of Wright Hassall Solicitors, to explain why T&Cs are so crucial for businesses and to give some practical advice on how you make sure the work you do is under your standard T&Cs. (more…)

The start-up survival guide – 6 tips to get beyond the early years

Statistics from HMRC show that around 80% of companies registering for VAT cease trading within three years, and this statistic has held true for many years now.

With the chances of survival so slim, it’s a wonder so many people decide to take the plunge and start their own business. Anybody that manages to steer a start-up safely through these crucial early years, has done so against the odds and should be heartily congratulated on this achievement.

So what are the secrets to surviving the start-up years, and thriving beyond? (more…)

Before you make the leap – 10 tips for start-ups

Hundreds of thousands of new businesses are formed each year. Some will be a great success, but the vast majority will no longer exist in five years time.

So if you are thinking of starting a business, what can you do to increase your chances of success? (more…)

Bootstrap marketing for beginners – Part five

In the first four parts of this series, we looked at online and offline marketing techniques, how to build some buzz around your promotional campaign, and how to adopt a positive approach in other aspects of your business.

With this fifth and final part, we tie it all together by looking at a final few topics relating to streamlining your business, getting your affairs in order, and maximising your profit.
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Bootstrap marketing for beginners – Part four

Over the past three parts of this introduction to bootstrap marketing, we’ve looked at the different ways in which you can promote your brand. But obviously there are different approaches to adopt, even to the same marketing method – and it’s up to you to choose the style that’s best suited to your business.
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