Checklist: are you Start-up Ready?

You want to start a business, but where DO you start? How do you know when you’re ready to take the plunge? Work through our Checklist and the Women’s Business Centre will be with you every step of the way. It’s your definitive guide to making sure you’ve covered all the basics before starting your own business venture.

  • A business idea
    You've got skills, experience and the ambition to run your own business. What's the big idea?
  • A plan
    You might have heard of a business plan - what is it and what goes into it?
  • Find your advisors
    At some stage in your business you'll benefit from speaking to business advisors and professionals. Here's where to start.
  • Know the law
    Start up and run your business responsibly by understanding your legal obligations as a business owner.
  • Money matters
    How will you fund your business and is it eligible for a grant or other financial support?
  • Sales and marketing
    How are you going to make sales and how will your target customers find out about your business?
  • Digital skills
    Being able to use online skills to run or support your business has never been more important.
  • Networking
    Online or face-to-face, networking is easier and much less awkward than you might think!
  • Mentoring
    A helpful way of gaining advice and support, from which you can benefit at various times during your business journey.