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Topic: Starting a Business

Building a gutter repair business

Trade News

Start your own business: The Gutter Busters story to success

It may feel challenging to start a business. But more of us than ever before are deciding to take a giant leap of faith and start our own trade-based businesses. Many business owners are now doing what they love while reaping the many rewards that come with being your own boss. These include a sense...

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Homewonwer with tradesperson

Trade News

Getting the right kind of work with Checkatrade

Here at Checkatrade, we pride ourselves on having built up a platform which is now used by thousands of tradespeople across the UK, to help them gather customers and improve their business profits, year on year. We are committed to ensuring that every tradesperson on our list has the skills, qualifications and desire to provide...

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trade account to purchase supplies

Trade News

Top tips to get a trade account

Trade credit is an essential element of a business. It allows businesses to commission the items or services needed to carry out a job with the agreement of the payment at a later date. A trade account represents one of the most valuable lines of credit to any business. Once a trade account has been...

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Conservatory ideas

Window Fitter

Window companies are a good bet for entrepreneurs

Kent-based female entrepreneur, Jackie Redmill, Founder and Director of 1st Scenic Windows and Doors, started her venture into double glazing back in 2003. Since then, 1st Scenic has worked on hundreds of projects across Kent, Surrey, London and beyond. Jackie continues to nurture her company as they go from strength to strength with the help...

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tradesman business idea

Trade News

The differences between a sole trader and a limited company – is it time to make the change?

Some of you may have experienced months of decision-making when it came to setting up your business. But is it time that your now established business changes to become a limited company? In this article we give you a breakdown of the key differences between being a sole trader and a limited company to help...

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Fencer

How Dave Green grew his fencing firm

In just over a decade, Dave Green’s firm, Wesson Fencing, has grown from a one-man-band to an established firm with 12 employees. Now regarded as one of Surrey’s leading fencing contractors, the company has used Checkatrade to help attract new customers and build its reputation. Here, Dave shares some top tips for his fellow tradespeople...

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marketing your business

Trade

Marketing your Business: The Basics Explained

With the accelerated growth of digital platforms, there are now many different ways in which you can reach potential customers. For business owners, this can seem overwhelming at times, particularly if you feel uncertain over what channels to use and how best to understand whether or not they help you in winning new business. Take...

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Software solutions to save time with

Trade

Save time with tech

For Tradespeople, having a hands-on job means we have little time to keep pace with day-to-day business administration tasks, let alone the latest tech tools. But in reality, taking the time to learn a select few could be key for saving time, cost and resources, enabling you to focus on what really matters: growing your...

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winning the job

Trade

You know you can do the job, but how do you WIN the job?

Checkatrade receives over 1.4 Million visits from customers looking for trades just like you, each and every month. For tradespeople, the biggest frustration doesn’t lie in the number of customers looking for trades, but rather how to successfully convert these customer leads into sales, particularly when you know you and your team can excel at...

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