How to start your own business
Learn the basics of setting up a new business.
Thinking about starting a business
Business planning, costs, registrations, licences, intellectual property and getting help choosing a business name.
Buying a business
It can be cheaper to buy an existing business than to set one up from scratch. Investigate the market to make sure you're getting a fair deal.
Running a business
Staff and human resources
Employment obligations and requirements, good management practices and health and safety.
What you pay depends on the number of staff you have, their income, the industry you’re in and your claims history.
Keep accurate records, budget for upcoming tax payments and account for your business expenses and deductions.
Use the Compliance Matters tool to find, understand and manage the government requirements you need to meet for your business.
You can also be a self-employed contractor. You'll normally be paid more than a salaried worker, but you'll need to pay your own tax, holiday pay and sick leave.