Come fire or high water: how businesses make it back from the brink

What gives small business owners the determination to carry on when disaster strikes? Mark Williams finds outAt 5.30am on a cold February morning earlier this year, Laura Morrow received a phone call telling her of a fire close to her shop, Casa Bebe. The business, which sells Spanish-style baby furniture, accessories and homeware, had only […]
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An entrepreneur’s story of setting up a food business from home

Running a business from home has its challenges, but it’s convenient, cheap and a good option for a fledgling companyWhere you base yourself is a vital decision for all small business owners. Whether you go straight into office or shop premises, or decide to work from home, there are pros and cons for each option. […]
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A web business from home can put a strain on space – physical and personal

Selling online with the spare bedroom as warehouse was fine – to start. Now designers Rog and Cat How have taken on staff and moved into a studioWhen my wife Cat and I first decided to start up a business, we had plenty of ideas, enthusiasm and a very meagre investment.The only way we could […]
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How to leave the board behind and be your own boss

Mandy Weston went from being a board member at an international company to the founder of her own business. Here, she gives her tips for anyone else looking to make that transitionIn spring 2012 I took the terrifying step of leaving my role as a board member for an international environment compliance company to set […]
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The importance of perseverance in business

Gem Misa shares her tips on how to overcome setbacks and make the most of the opportunitiesIn 2009 when the economic recession was about to kick into high gear, I decided to leave a steady corporate job to start my own food company. I knew this was a risky decision, but I was certain that […]
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Small businesses optimistic despite economic slowdown

A reader survey of SMEs paints a positive picture of how firms are faring at the moment, despite ongoing economic uncertaintyA survey of Guardian Small Business Network readers has revealed SMEs are faring well despite a backdrop of economic uncertainty.Although more than half of respondents feel unstable economic conditions are a continuing challenge small businesses […]
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