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Thinking of starting a bricks and mortar business?

I've received a lot of messages asking me about setting up my own business and tips for getting started. So here's my experience, the planning, the set up, the mistakes, the highs and the lows.

Start with a plan.

Before you decide to join the six million small and medium businesses in Britain and before you part with one single penny, create an idea that includes a product and definitive business plan.

A plan helps you to get an idea of your strategic goals, financials, market research, and potential obstacles.

For my part, I had created my product/business as a sideline to my NHS career job for 2 years previously. I knew my product worked, it had already been selling and I had a successful small online selling platform. At the end of the first year of the pandemic, I left my NHS job and made the bold and terrifying decision to take the business to the next level and move to a bricks and mortar shop.

The name of your business is an important step, it shows the personality of your brand and helps you stand out. Your name should be unique and appeal to your target au