Before starting your business 

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You want to start your own business, but have you done your homework? Think about what kind of a business you want, and whether you want to partner with someone. Will you buy an existing business, or build one from the ground up? Do you have a sound business idea and data to back it up? Doing proper research and planning will help you get ready to take the plunge.

  • Is entrepreneurship for you?

    Find out if you have the entrepreneurial spirit, and learn about the benefits of being your own boss.

  • Developing your ideas

    Make sure you can turn your idea into a profitable business model.

  • Business planning

    Find out how to write a business plan, and access templates, sample business plans, market research information and statistics.

  • Market research and statistics

    Learn more about market research, how to conduct it and where to find free information and statistics to support your market research project.

  • Buy a business or start your own?

    If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you may want to investigate the pros and cons of buying an existing business versus starting one from scratch.

  • Corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship?

    Find out which type of business structure is right for your business: incorporation, a partnership, a sole proprietorship or a cooperative.