Read our top stories on starting a business

Want to start a business but don’t know where to begin? Read our pick of our top 10 stories on how to start a business from the past two years.

Since we launched just over two years ago, we’ve published over 750 articles and interviews on a wide range of topics. Which means we have an amazing library of free resources for you. But there’s just one problem – how on earth do you find the best of our advice on a particular problem you’re struggling with?

To help you, we’ve decided to put together weekly roundups of our stop stories on themed topics. And to kick off, we’ve chosen the subject of starting a business.

Our top 10 stories on starting a business

So here they are, our top 10 picks of articles packed with advice and inspiration on starting a business (in no particular order). We hope you enjoy them – and more importantly, find them useful!

1) Six business ideas for mums

If you love the idea of starting your own business but don’t have a clue where to start, you’re far from alone. Thousands of mums around the world see becoming their own boss as the ideal answer to achieving work-life balance, but are stuck on coming up with an idea.

To help you find something you love, in this article we identify six business ideas that have worked for other mums, and may just be right for you – whatever your skills or background.

2) 10 things you should never do when starting a business

Tania Sullivan, founder of Larger Family Life, the UK’s biggest online resource for larger families, has certainly experienced her own entrepreneurial ups and downs over the years.

And in this popular article she shares the lessons she’s learned along the way. So you can avoid some of the most common mistakes people make when starting a business or blog.

3) How to start a business – your first 10 steps

All too often, people come up with what they think is a great business idea, but that’s it. They may have fantastic experience in one area of their business – manufacturing, marketing, project management experience or finance – but are clueless about the rest.

To help you get your business idea off the ground, in this article we take you through the first 10 steps in starting a business.

4) Five reasons why mums’ businesses fail

According to statistics, as many as 44% of all businesses fail by their third year – 46% of them because of incompetence. And when you factor in the demands being a mum place on women, it’s no surprise that many ambitious mumpreneurs find it hard to get off the starting blocks.

To help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls, this article reveals five reasons why mums’ business fail, and explains how you can learn to avoid them.

5) I want to start a business, but won’t I be lonely?

One of the biggest concerns of people starting their own business is loneliness – missing the buzz and companionship of being part of a team.

In this Q&A answer, our career agony aunt Fiona Clark from Inspired Mums shares five steps to help you beat business loneliness.

6) Five ideas for businesses you can start at home

So, you’ve decided that you want to start a business from home. The problem is, you’ve got no idea what to do! While you have years of valuable work experience, you’re not quite sure how to translate your skills into a profitable and enjoyable home enterprise.

To help turn your frustration into inspiration, this article shares five suggestions for potential home-based businesses.

7) Five excuses that stop you starting on a big goal

Starting a new business can seem scary. It’s a massive leap to make from employment, or even freelancing, and it’s easy to dream about your business goal without making much progress on it.

To help you get out of the trap of talking yourself out of a big business goal, this article identifies the five most common excuses for not getting started – and how you can get over them.

8) Five questions you need to ask yourself

Got a brilliant business idea, but not sure whether or not you can make it work? The foundation to a successful business lies in combining strong ideas with personal development.

To help you establish whether your business has the ingredients to go all the way, this article reveals the five questions you need to ask yourself before you invest time and money in it.

9) Three easy ways to test if your business idea will make money

It’s easy to get carried away with an exciting new business idea, but the reality is that as many as 20% of start-ups fail in their first year. So you need to really make sure your business has a financial future before investing effort and cash in it.

To help you do just that, business and marketing coach Sarah Devenny reveals three easy ways to test if your business idea will make money in this article.

10) Five simple steps for creating a fabulous business idea

Are you desperate to start your own business, but like so many ambitious mums, struggling at the first hurdle – coming up with a viable idea?

In this article, business and creativity coach Clare Greig takes you through her five-step process for business idea brainstorming to help you identify a brilliant idea you feel truly passionate about.