Before starting your business
You want to start your own business, but have you done your homework? Think about what kind of a business you want, and whether you want to partner with someone. Will you buy an existing business, or build one from the ground up? Do you have a sound business idea and data to back it up? Get ready to take the plunge by doing solid research and the necessary planning.
Is entrepreneurship for you?
Find out if you have the entrepreneurial spirit, and learn about the benefits of being your own boss.
Developing your ideas
Make sure you can turn your idea into a profitable business model.
Find out how to write a business plan and access templates, sample business plans, market research information and statistics.
Market research and statistics
Learn more about market research, how to conduct it, and where to find free information and statistics to support your market research project.
Buy a business or start your own?
Investigate the pros and cons of buying an existing business versus starting one from scratch.
Sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or co-operative?
Find out which type of business structure is right for your business: incorporation, a partnership, a sole proprietorship or a co-operative.
Starting a co-operative? Learn about the incorporation process, your obligations and the programs available for your business.
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