How to start a handyman business

A handyman does jobs that other people simply don’t have the time to do. If you see yourself as a jack-of-all-trades and don’t mind getting your hands dirty then starting a handyman business could be the perfect business for you – and with people’s increasingly busy lifestyles, now could be a great time to do it.
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Guide to direct marketing

Direct marketing is a tried and tested method for engaging current customers or converting potential ones. With low relative costs and a good return on investment, direct marketing is a great choice for start-ups and small businesses that may be working with a minimal marketing budget.
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Q&A: Blessing Maregere - Bright Futures Enterprise

Blessing Maregere, 18, started his own contract cleaning company at the age of 16. Since then, he has founded Bright Futures Enterprise, a social enterprise aiming to inspire, educate and motivate young people to become successful. He has also co-written the business book Who Said You Can't be Young and Successful. In this Q&A, Blessing gives us an...
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Case study: how a good location drives business to Phoenix Training

Phoenix Training & Development started in 1995. In that time, the company has been drastically restructured and grown, but remained in the same premises throughout. Tim Holmes, client relationship director, explains why location is of such importance to Phoenix.
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Q&A: Adam Bradford - UnITe Computing

Adam Bradford, 19, is a National Ambassador for the Peter Jones Academy and is the Group Director for Adam Bradford Enterprise and Investments Group, of which his IT business solution company, UnITe Computing, is a principal comany. He has won multiple awards and prize money totalling £10,000 for his school and has 27 A*-C GCSEs. He is passionate about helping other young entrepreneurs be as successful as himself. We caught up with Adam to find out more about his entrepreneurial experience so far.

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Applying for a Government grant

Government grants are growing in popularity; with funding available for a range of projects and in different geographic areas, small businesses no longer have to feel limited by traditional ways of raising capital. Applying for a Government grant is easy and can be very cost-effective.

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People power - How small companies can take on the big boys

For most businesses, people are the key asset. This is especially true for smaller businesses that exist in the service industries where staff may actually be the only real asset to speak of.

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Q&A: Camilla Shaughnessy - Eventful Stays

Camilla Shaughnessy, 49, is the founder and director of luxury accommodation website EventfulStays.com, which lists its private properties, all available for short breaks or weekend stays, by events taking place across the UK. Her background is in consultancy, and until recently she was the managing director of Malachi Consulting Limited, which she founded in 1994. In August 2010 she left the running of Malachi in the capable hands of her husband John and turned her back on the corporate world for good to devote her time and energy to creating Eventful Stays. We catch up with Camilla to talk about Eventful Stays and life as an entrepreneur.

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Starting a pet grooming business

Pet grooming is a great business if you have a passion for animals. With no formal training requirements and low start-up costs, it can also be a good choice for first-time entrepeneurs. There’s also the option to go mobile, with a modified van, to extent your market penetration. You can also choose from a wide range of animals to work with, and a range of products to help make your business stand out.

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