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When you are planning to start in business you may wish to work from home or find you need to take on premises and consider the additional obligations this entails.

Appraising Premises

There are a number of factors to take into account when appraising potential premises, some of which are covered here.

Equipping Premises

The start-up stage of equipping your premises is very exciting; it shows that all your meticulous plans are translating into reality and that your business is actually taking shape.


It is a good idea to discuss your requirements with a registered insurance broker.

Working From Home

Working from home used to be a complicated affair – whether you were a home-based business or a homeworker for a large company, it often involved reams of paper, boxes and files, not always having the correct information to hand and difficulties with customers and colleagues contacting you.

Workspace Case Study: The Building Workshop

Workspace Case Study: The Building Workshop

Ben and Rosemary Scrimgeour of The Building Workshop talk about the importance of a good workspace when first starting out in business.