How to start a business

Thousands of new businesses open every day. If all those people can do it, why not you? Here’s what to do, and when.

Download the guide to starting a business

Learn how to start a business, from ideation to launch. Fill out the form to receive this guide as a PDF.

Steps to starting a business

There are many ways to start a business. Not all these steps will be for you, but owners and experts recommend you give them some thought.

Why Xero knows how to start a business

Xero is home to millions of small businesses, who use our software to run their finances and accounting. About 200,000 accountants and bookkeepers use us too. We asked some of those owners and experts how to start a business, then put their insights into this guide.

What business ownership is like in the UK

If you want to know how to start a business, you should probably also know what it’s like to run one. Here’s what real business owners think about (Hearts and Minds, 2017):

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    35% want to grow their business.
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    40% want to be more profitable.
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    15% would like more time away from the business.

Handy resources for small businesses

People asking how to start a business often find these resources helpful.

Business plan template

Download a template and map out your pathway from idea to launch.

Choose a template

Guide to finance

Need a few extra bucks to get off the ground? Learn what your options are.

Read the finance guide

Business trends report

Get a stat-packed insight into what small business owners are doing right now.

Check out report

Start using Xero for free

Access all Xero features for 30 days, then decide which plan best suits your business.

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