Setting up your own trade business can be a challenging task. You must be careful in every step you take to make sure that your business will prosper; otherwise you might just end up wasting a lot of money and being bankrupt.
However, if you try to learn everything you can about starting a business prior to establishing it, you may just achieve success in this industry. Importing or exporting goods in the country has proven to be an effective way of generating income for local trading businesses. This is one of the primary reasons entrepreneurs involve in trading ventures.
So, what are the basic requirements you need to take care of if you’re planning to start up your business?
One of the most important factors you want to consider before starting up your business is planning or choosing the location where you want to put up your office or shop. You have to make sure that the land where you decide to put your business on falls into the appropriate Use Class. The nature of business and all the activities this business would entail would greatly influence the type of neighbourhood you can construct your business in. Additionally, whether you’re intending to build a new premise or aiming to renovate an existing building for your business, you would need to get in touch with your Local Authority Planning Department.
Another essential matter you have to deal with is ensuring that your business will be in compliance with the health and safety regulations set by authorities. To know more about this you must get in contact with the Environmental Health Department.
The equipment and appliances that you will use in your business such as air conditioning systems, heating systems or refrigerators would have to friendly to the environment. For more details, call the Environment and Energy Helpline.
If you’re planning to import products or goods, you must know that there are particular items that you would need a permit for. Proper documentation is absolutely necessary if you’re starting a business. To check which types of products would require licence, you may use the UK Trade Tariff.
If your aim is to employ workers, you need to know about their rights. You have to prepare a written contract for your potential employees, plan a training schedule for them; you have to find out the wage compatible to the type of work you are assigning, you have to ensure that the workplace is safe for the employees as well. These are just some of the rights of employees. To get to know more about the complete rights of the employees and the lawful duties of an employer, it’s best to consult a lawyer or law firm.
Registration of your brand name or logo is also one of the priorities in starting up a business. Approval for registration of trade mark can take time, it’s best to make the registration as soon as you start your venture. Contact the Central Enquiry Unit of the UK Patent Office for full details on registration.
Another critical thing you have to attend to is updating your own details when it comes to tax and National Insurance. If you need assistance in registering as a self-employed, you can phone the Newly Self-Employed helpline.
Getting insurance for your trade business can cost a lot of money, but insurance can provide you with valuable security especially in times of calamities and accidents within your business premise. There are various types of insurance, including insurance for your employees.
These are just some of the basic requirements in starting your own trading business. There are plenty more you can discover as you go along in building your own business. The best thing to remember is to start slowly but surely; so you can make sure you cover everything obligated by law.