I have applied for an opportunity to join a company that I have seen online. When contacted by the company, I understood that what they were offering was a franchising opportunity. I ended up paying the starting fee and attended a one-day training. So far I have not signed any contract and I do not […]
I run my own small business as a sole trader, but I am about to have a baby. I am claimed Maternity Allowance. I know I will lose MA if I work. Will I have to keep going and have no leave or can I get my mum to cover for me while I am […]
I have a small business and can now afford to pay someone to work every Monday for 10 hours on a permanent basis. However, I would also like to take off Bank Holidays, a Saturday here and there and a week off now and again. How do I manage this contractually and know how much […]
I run a small business. A key member of staff is on maternity leave and due back shortly, changing from full time to three days a week, but she wants to add holiday on to the end of her leave. Another member of staff is just about to go on maternity leave and I need […]
During the Olympics we allowed people to work from home. One has requested to work from home full time since then. Do I have to agree if they say it worked okay during the Olympics?
Can I withdraw from a flexible working agreement if it is no longer in my business’s interests?
I have a great desire to open my own cafe and also to start a company that allows me to sell my art craft work. But I’m having difficulty in figuring out how to get financial help. Could I get help with my business plan and advice from mentors? How can I find them? I […]
I would really like to start a children’s jewellery making party business, but I don’t know where to start. I already have a market stall and so have public liability insurance, but I am not sure what regulations I would need to adhere to when putting together my business plan. There are obvious risks involved […]
I’d love to start a franchise so I can go part time in my day job. However, there is no way I can afford some of the costs they incur. I am currently in the process of an IVA which will last up to six years so therefore no credit company or bank will look […]
I am considering a franchise option. My question is this. We currently rent a property, but would ideally be aiming to buy a house within the next 12 months. Will a mortgage lender recognise a franchise as a salary, as it would a standard job? I have heard stories in the current climate about banks […]
I have just started a new business in a leased shop within a complex of other similar shops. The landlord told me it was ok to bring my six month old into work with me before I signed the lease and now I am here he tells me she can’t come into my own shop […]
I have been looking a various ‘work-from-home’ opportunities for a little while. I came across a franchise over the weekend and have got myself rather excited about taking serious steps into signing the dotted line. I don’t know much about franchises other than the fact that it’s usually a well established company/ business and has completed a […]
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