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Thinking of taking the plunge? At Hiscox, we know a thing or two about starting a business  after all, we insure thousands of SMEs from a variety of industries all across the UK. Read expert insights and real-life success stories in our entrepreneurial articles to help you with getting started.


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Starting up

Launching a business can be many things  liberating, rewarding and at times challenging. Read our articles for a helping hand with everything from drafting a business plan to getting the right insurance.

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Small business stories

Business founders' experiences can prove useful for entrepreneurs of the future. Those who have done it successfully are fountains of knowledge on the practicalities of launching a start-up. 

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Freelancers and contractors

Becoming your own boss can pay dividends – quite literally – but the benefits come with added responsibility. Our blog is filled with insightful tales and top tips for professionals who dream of going solo.

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Featured articles

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How to become a contractor

Are you interested in becoming a contractor? Taking the initial steps could be easier than you think, whether you'd work as a specialist IT contractor or provide general business support.

Read our step-by-step guide to becoming a contractor to find out more.

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Is side hustle culture the new norm?

Many entrepreneurs with great business ideas aren't ready to quit the day job. Working on side projects can be a great way to generate extra income or test out a business idea.

Read our exploration of side hustle culture

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Introducing the hot tub entrepreneur

Hiscox has worked with many successful start-ups. In this article, we speak to one founder about how they did it.

Read our interview with a hot tub entrepreneur

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Small business quiz

How clued-up are you about the ins and outs of running a small business? Our quiz runs through the basics.

View our small business quiz

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How to start a consultancy business

Are you a knowledgeable manager who dreams of advising organisations as an independent management consultant? Our guide explains how to get started.

Read the five steps to becoming a management consultant

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How to become a handyman

Knowing which drill bit to use for any job and being a dab-hand at DIY could be a great starting point to launching a handyman business.

Learn more with our guide to becoming a handyman 

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