When growing your business there are a number of professionals that you can turn to for a variety of advice. This page gives you an overview of some of the advisers that may be able to support you.
Who can give me advice on my business?
Whether you are just starting out or have been running a business for a few years, there will be times when you will want to call on the guidance of an expert. Here we list the more common types of professionals who will be able to help you.
How much will this advice cost?
This is tricky to answer as the cost of advice really will depend on the type needed, its complexity and the quantity required. It will also depend on the organisation giving the advice.
Searching for an adviser based on cost alone could mean you don’t get the advice best suited to you and your business, so it’s advisable to do a bit of research on the type of support you’ll need.
For example, if you are looking for an accountant, get in touch with a couple of different firms to discuss the type of help you need, the services they can offer you and the costs they charge. This will give you some idea of what you will get for your money and the level of help you can expect to receive.
Are there any ways to get free business advice?
There are numerous free business advice sources, both from government bodies and resources freely available on the internet.
Here are some websites that can be of help to you:
Companies House is basically the registrar of UK limited companies. When you start up your business you will need to register it will Companies House. You will also need to file your company accounts with them. Guides on registering, filing and disclosing information with Companies House can be found here
Acas gives information and advice on employment issues. It is a Crown non-departmental public body of the Government
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) protects and promotes the interests of all small business owners by offering advice and support. It also has a powerful voice in Government.
A word of caution: when searching online be careful as some free advice found on the internet may not always be correct – you should aim to ensure that the person giving you advice is qualified in their field.