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How to guides

Our 'how to' guides are full of practical information and expert tips to help you run your business.

There's a lot to think about when you're starting a business. Careful planning, the right help and the right financial set-up are essential. Get your business idea off the ground with our helpful Small Business Resources, including a range of 'how to' guides, online training modules, videos, tools and calculators.

  • Budget for expansion

    Expanding a business is a major undertaking and needs serious consideration. Budgeting carefully will be crucial to ensuring your plans for growth go as smoothly as possible.

  • E-commerce - started with an online store

    If you’re thinking of setting up an online shop, there’s a lot to consider in making sure you get it right. But with a little careful planning and forethought, your efforts have the potential to be richly rewarded.

  • Grow your business online

    The internet lets small business owners expand their target market across borders and sell their products or services online. But what’s involved with creating an e-commerce website or adding merchant services to your existing site?

  • Five things you should know before exporting

    If you’re thinking of exporting your business, preparation is everything. Our guide highlights five simple things worth knowing to help you on your way to overseas success.

  • Buying a business - how much should you invest?

    How much should you invest when buying a business? This article outlines the many different factors you should consider.

  • Find the perfect pricing strategy

    The wrong price can get your business off on the wrong foot. So how do you ensure you get it right? Here are our tips and techniques for getting your pricing strategy perfect.

  • How to write a business plan

    Writing a business plan encourages you to focus on effective ways to grow your business. Find out how to write a business plan – and how to use it to manage and grow your small business.

  • How to understand key financial documents

    Your business’s balance sheet and profit and loss statement are the two basic financial documents you’ll need to understand. Find out how to read and use this vital financial information.

  • How to increase your profit

    Increasing profitability often depends on doing many small things, rather than making one big change. Discover how to increase your profit.

  • Promote your business through social media

    Businesses need to get up to speed with networking platforms, find ways to harness social media and use it productively. This article explains what social media is and how to go about setting up and managing a social media presence for your business.

This guide is intended as general advice only, and not intended to cover specific circumstances and needs. The information in this article is also not linked to any of the products offered by Clydesdale Bank PLC.

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