So you’re thinking of becoming a professional dog walker? Welcome to a hectic, tumultuous, but rewarding new industry.
You’ll be embarking on a career with a difference, having your heartstrings tugged every day spending time with your canine clients. The role will make your days feel like a far cry from the generic office-based 9 to 5. That said, there are some legalities about dog walking you need to be aware of before getting started.
Move over, Starbucks! Independent coffee shops are back on the rise, and ready to challenge the big brand monopolies.
In 2017, shares of Whitbread, owners of the multinational Costa Coffee fell 6% after the coffee brand’s annual revenue slowed to 2%. Meanwhile, SimplyBusiness reported that independent coffee shops are cropping up across the country at a rapid rate. The site reported a 69% growth in independent coffee startups in Nottingham compared to the previous year, a 53% increase in Birmingham and a 48% rise in Sheffield.
The big question: residential or commercial? When you’re thinking of starting up a cleaning business, this is a decision that all cleaning businesses need to make early on. And it’s one that carries very different ramifications that are significant in dictating almost every aspect of how you’ll be conducting business.
Home businesses have always offered a path to career success, from the earliest cottage industries through to some of today’s leading tech brands. Jeff Bezos launched his business, Amazon, from his garage in 1994; at the time of writing he’s the richest person on the planet.
So you’re thinking about forming your own interior design business? Excellent: now is a great time to start. With booming social media channels like Pinterest and Instagram making it easier to share engaging imagery, there is a growing interest in creating and showing wonderful, vibrant homes. What’s more, social media makes it much easier to promote your services online and reach the people who need your help.
Pop-up food stalls are entrepreneurship at its most vibrant. From mobile units catering festivals and parties to market and food court stalls, this fast-growing sector is becoming more and more popular for both businesspeople and consumers alike.
Lack of capital is one of the major reasons why startups fail. Some entrepreneurs theorise that raising capital can be a full-time six-month job for CEOs and this leaves bootstrapped startups with very few resources to operate and grow their business in the early stages.
We spoke to Jack Parsons, entrepreneur and CEO of Big Youth Group, about his experiences as a young business owner, and his hopes for the future of young people in the business world. Although the odds were stacked against him (having had a shaky childhood) he was determined to work hard and has gained awards such as the Young Digital Leader of the Year, and now works with big brands such as Google. His main focus is on helping to improve the lives of other young people.
Whilst we’re all more aware than ever of what we put into our bodies, can the same be said about the food we give to our pets? Aneisha and Jack Walker spotted a gap in the market after being disappointed with the lack of choice for their dog, Smudge, and cat, Boo. Here, we speak to Aneisha about how they got started, and their hopes for the pet food industry… Continue reading →
Always dreamt of having your own business? Perhaps you’ve fantasised of being able to plan your own day or want control over your workload – but do you actually know what it takes to be a business owner? We help thousands of businesses get started every year, so you could say we have some experience. Here’s what we consider to be the most important requirements for getting your business idea off the ground: