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Can I get my money back after signing up to a franchise: ask the expert

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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 […]


Can my mum cover my business while I am on maternity leave?

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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 […]


Small business owner working out holiday entitlement: ask the expert

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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 […]


Trying to get an employee back early: ask the expert

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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 […]


Do I have to agree to a homeworking request: ask the expert

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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 stop flexible working if it is not in my business interests: ask the expert

Can I withdraw from a flexible working agreement if it is no longer in my business’s interests?


Finding mentors for starting a business: ask the expert

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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 […]


Wanting to start a children’s jewellry business: ask the expert

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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 […]


Starting a franchise with debts: ask the expert

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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 […]


Do mortgage lenders recognise a franchise as salary: ask the expert

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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 […]


Bringing baby to work – the rules: Ask the expert

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 […]


What are the risks in becoming a franchisee: ask the expert

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 […]


Business tips: 10 applications to connect your home with the outside world

With flights grounded and international travel on hold, serviced office company Regus is expecting a rush of people to its centres from where they will video-conference and tele-commute with the world. Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation offers a top ten listing of applications so you can do the same from the comfort of your home […]


Home business opportunities

If you would like to start your own business, but just don’t have an idea of what that business could be, why not consider a home business franchise/party plan opportunity. Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation sets out the options. Home business opportunities come in a number of guises, but what they all offer is the […]


Five steps to going global

With home-based businesses being more likely to export than their non-home-based colleagues, it can safely be said that home business owners have quite a role to play in stimulating international trade. Is it a route you want to take? Home business expert Emma Jones tell you how to go about it. Research carried out by […]


Create a publishing empire from your home

Do you have content you would like to share with an interested audience of existing and potential customers? It’s never been so easy to package your content in a stylish way, and distribute it in a cost-effective way. Home business expert Emma Jones gives some advice on how to enter the age of home publishing. […]


Business tips: Extend your products, not your niche

Home business expert Emma Jones believes in starting a business and then finding and focusing on your niche. But what happens when you feel the niche audience you’ve chosen could be restricting in view of its size? Then it’s time to expand your product range, as opposed to extending your niche. Emma explains. When planning […]


The benefits of self-employment: ask the expert

What are the benefits of being self-employed? I have been made redundant recently and am thinking of setting up my own business, but I am worried about taking too much of a risk with my money, given the current economic uncertainty. Being self employed means that you have more control over your own time and […]


What to look for in a franchise – Ask the expert

What should I look out for when thinking about buying in to a franchise? If there is a franchise of the same organisation in my area then would it be wise to try to set up in the same area? How would it work out? The area in which you can buy and set up […]


Starting a business with your husband: ask the expert

I am a full-time mum and housewife. Now my daughter is at school I need to get some part-time work to fit in around her and to give us some more income as we are just about paying our bills. My husband is a director and is beginning to get fed up of being at the top and want […]


How do you write a business plan? Ask the expert

I am thinking about purchasing a franchise, but have never run my own business before, how do I draw up an effective business plan? The business plan is a critical stage; not only for you to understand your own business, but to gain finance from the bank, if required. There are basically three routes. The […]


Setting up a children’s wear business: ask the expert

I’m working with a friend on putting together a range of children’s wear. I don’t have any experience in this field and wondered how to source the best manufacturer to work with and what sort of things should I watch out for. Thanks for the question. When it comes to sourcing a manufacturer, the secret […]


Owning more than one franchise: ask the expert

I already run a franchise and this is going quite well, but I also have an interest in music and have seen a franchise opportunity for teaching music to toddlers. Can I own more than one franchise?


Promoting a franchise: ask the expert

I am thinking of buying into a language teaching franchise, but I am a bit unconfident  about my ability to market my franchise locally. I know the franchise provides some support, but is there any other marketing support available?


Researching franchise opportunities: ask the expert

I am interested in running a particular franchise, but am nervous about taking the plunge. How can I found out more information about the franchise and get all the information I need before I take the plunge?  The fact that you have asked this question is very comforting. It is always vital to do as much […]


Business tips: what’s your story

Being invited to judge the ‘Share your Skype Story’ competition got Emma Jones thinking about the power of stories in winning business and keeping clients. In this feature, she offers suggestions on how to fashion your own compelling story. You’ll have heard the phrase ‘people buy people’ – never has this been more true as […]


Starting a franchise: ask the expert

I am about to take a bold step into the world of franchising. I am an HR professional and know nothing about business. I intend using my own savings, but think it might be wise to borrow half, even though I have the full amount. Any ideas/advice will be greatly appreciated. The first thing that […]


What to charge for freelance work: ask the expert

I am setting up my own freelance business and have checked out the going rate for work, but I know from colleagues that rates have been dropping recently due to the credit crunch. I don’t want to price myself out of the market, but I also don’t want to undersell myself. What is the best […]


Holiday pay for temporary sales staff: Ask the expert

We have a temporary worker, via an employment agency, who has finished a 10-month contract.  Their remuneration was a mix of hourly rate plus a 1% commission on any sales made. Is holiday pay due on the commission as well as the hourly rate? Holiday pay is not liable on an agreed sales commission. Holiday pay […]


Tax and setting up your own business: ask the expert

I am thinking of going freelance to fit around my children, but I am a bit worried about all the tax issues. How do I go about registering and should I get an accountant? Friends tell me that they can save more money than they charge. I am hopeless at financial issues. Would this be […]


Setting up your own business: ask the expert

I have not worked since I had my children six years ago, but I am very keen to get back into work, but not sure about full-time working in the office. I want something that can fit around the children and to be more in control of what I do. My skills are in media […]


 

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