Pick your free fruit here…

It has to be said that the combination of a whinging six year old, a Barbie scooter and a steep slope are not conducive to an restful Sunday afternoon stroll. What made it bearable though was the discovery that we had all the blackberry bushes to ourselves. It’s the season of free fruit again and once again, most people are walking straight past - amazing.

I've always thought the internet is a bit of a bramble patch. It’s very prickly and most people walk past the free fruit on offer. So with that in mind here are some of the fruit you can pick if you are thinking about starting your own business.

I have provided the links but some of you will need to paste them into your browser before they will work (don’t ask me why - it’s a bramble patch!)

Here’s a bowl of my favourite fruit…

FREE guide: - The No-Nonsense Guide to Govt rules & regs for setting up in business

FREE advice: Better Business - Loads of advice for the smaller business.

FREE advice: Companies House - starting a limited company.

FREE advice: Customs & Excise - understanding VAT.

Practical, useful and best of all FREE

And once you have your ideas straight why not visit Vistaprint. 250 business cards for the cost of postage.

FREE e-commerce: Get a PayPal Account

When you signup for PayPal, you can start accepting credit card payments instantly. As the world’s number one online payment service, PayPal is the fastest way to open your doors to over 40 million member accounts worldwide. Best of all, it’s completely free to sign up!

FREE banking

Some of these offer free banking & most of them have free start up packs that you can request. HSBC is particularly good for free fact-sheets. Find a list here

And finally, if I had to recommend one book above all the rest to get you started, then buy and read The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch. Even if you never start your own business then this book will transform your career. Full of pragmatic, practical and revolutionary advice - read it soon.

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