What if… I want to start my own business?

Starting your own business can be an exciting but terrifying endeavour. All the ins and outs of licenses, data protection and employing people may at first seem like quite the mountain to climb. To help you get a foothold, this month we will be exploring some of the things you should consider when starting a business of your own.

Registering Your Business

First of all, you will need to register your business. There are three types of businesses you can register, which are as follows;

  • Sole Traders – The simplest of the types of business, where your funds are the business’ funds, which leaves you in control of the debt.
  • Limited Companies – Where your finances are separate from the finances of the company. This can require more work on the company’s reporting and management, however, so it may be a good idea to hire an accountant if this is the way you wish to go.
  • Partnerships – The easiest way for 2 or more people to run a business in tandem. The business’ debts are shared, as are the responsibilities.

Licenses

Now that you’re registered, you have to consider licences you that you may need. The licences you need depend on the vision you have for your new business. If it’s a retail store, will there be music playing? Will you be selling food or alcohol? Hunting game? Each of these and more require their own separate licences. A full list can be found at https://www.gov.uk/licence-finder.

Data Protection

Familiarising yourself with data protection laws is important if you plan on hiring staff or storing any personal information of customers who use your service. You must ensure that this data is kept somewhere secure, that it is up to date, and that it is accurate. It is also vital that those people you are collecting the data from are aware that they can see the data you have on them and correct it if it’s wrong, can request it is deleted and can request their data not be used for certain purposes.

In order to enable your company to begin collecting this data, you must tell the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) how the data will be used by your business. A large fine can be incurred if you do not abide by data protection laws.

Employing People

Perhaps the most daunting concept of starting your own business is being responsible for other people’s livelihoods. For this reason, it is paramount that employment laws are followed.

Depending on if you hire agency, contracted, or freelance workers, you will need to ensure that that you consider a vast number of things, including; payroll, national insurance, rights to work, pensions, and employment contracts.

No matter the type of worker, you are always responsible for their health and safety while they are in your place of work, from bannisters on the stairs to ensuring the building is free of harmful substances.

If you have any doubts while starting your business, please contact Hethertons Solicitors on 01904 528 200 and speak to David.