7 Steps to Business Start-up

This guide discusses the main points you should consider in the early stages of starting out as a self-employed art practitioner, designer or creative business. This is an original work devised by Ali …

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VAT

VAT is charged when a VAT-registered business sells to either another business or to a non-business customer; when VAT-registered businesses or self employed individuals buy goods or services they can …

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Loans and finance

Loans, overdrafts, credit cards, mortgages, micro-loans are all forms of ‘debt finance’: money is borrowed from a lender then repaid over a period of time, usually with interest. The total amount repa …

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Starting a business on a low income

When I start trading, even with my part-time job, what if I hardly make any money? How will I pay my rent? If you are claiming benefits before you start trading, and/or have a part-time/full time job, …

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Business advice and planning

Where can a small creative business start-up get some planning and business advice? Contact your local enterprise agency to find your local one either phone the ‘Business Support Line’, Tel: 0845 600 …

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Setting up an organisation

Before you begin it is important to consider the responsibilities and time involved in setting up and running an artist-led space (or indeed any other kind of studio, organisation or initiative). Mark …

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