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Starting a business

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What does this involve?

Business Gateway’s range of free online resources on starting a business covers the basics you need to consider before you get up and running.

To ensure a smooth start, make use of our handy guides, articles and templates on topics ranging from forming a company and naming a business to writing a business plan. There’s general guidance on filing a tax return, help for start-ups and how to avoid common mistakes when starting up. And there are tailored resources for family-run businesses, social enterprises, high-growth businesses and businesses run from home.

Explore our online resources for your business stage. The more complex the subject matter, the more detail we provide.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are thinking about starting, or already run, a business in Scotland.

What does this cost?

This is a free and impartial service.

Who is this for?

Any potential start-up or new business based in Scotland.

How long does this take?

Guides typically take 5 to 10 minutes to read, while it takes about 1 minute to check out a template.  

Important information

Once you’ve begun trading, you can find even more useful guidance in our online resources on running a business.

Next steps

Visit the Business Gateway website to learn more about starting a business. 

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