Professional Services

  • Business Services

    • How to become a Business/Management Consultant

      This profile provides information about starting up and operating as a business/management consultant. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become a Virtual Assistant

      This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a virtual assistant. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become a Business Trainer

      This profile provides information about starting up as a business trainer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with...

    • How to become a Business Adviser

      This profile provides information about starting up and operating as a freelance business adviser. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information...

  • Financial Services

    • How to become a Bookkeeper

      This profile provides information about starting up and trading as an independent bookkeeper. It describes the qualifications and skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become an Independent Financial Adviser

      This profile provides information about starting up and operating as an independent financial adviser. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • Starting a Debt Collection Agency

      This profile provides information about starting up and running a debt collection agency that collects private and commercial debts. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • Starting an Accountancy Practice

      This profile provides information about starting up and running an accountancy practice. It describes the qualifications required, the training available to develop general business management and consultancy skills, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • Starting a Solicitors' Firm

      This profile provides information about starting up and running a solicitors' firm. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become an Insurance Broker

      This profile provides information about starting up in business as an insurance broker dealing in general domestic insurance (such as car, life, household and travel insurance) and commercial business policies. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become a Loss Assessor

      This profile provides information about starting up and operating as an independent loss assessor. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information...

  • IT Services

    • Starting a Computer Maintenance Service

      This profile provides information about starting up and running a computer maintenance service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become an IT Trainer

      This profile provides information about starting up and trading as an IT trainer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become a Web Designer/Developer

      This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a web designer/developer (referred to as web designer throughout the rest of this factsheet). It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become an IT Consultant

      This profile provides information about starting up and trading as an IT consultant. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also identifies some of the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information...

  • Language Services

    • How to become a Translator/Interpreter

      This profile provides information about starting up and running a translation and interpreting service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

  • Legal Services

    • How to become a Patent Attorney

      This profile provides information about how a patent attorney can start up and run their own firm. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • Starting a Solicitors' Firm

      This profile provides information about starting up and running a solicitors' firm. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • Applying for Criminal Records Checks in England and Wales

      This factsheet describes the different types of DBS check and explains who can request a DBS check. It outlines the application process and introduces additional DBS services, such as the DBS update service and the Adult First service. It also explains the circumstances in which employers may accept a previously issued DBS check...

    • Applying for Criminal Records Checks in Scotland

      This factsheet describes the types of criminal records checks provided by Disclosure Scotland. It also explains the application process for the different types of disclosure and for the PVG Scheme...

    • Applying for Criminal Records Checks in Northern Ireland

      This factsheet describes what types of AccessNI checks are available and explains who can apply for them. It also outlines the application process for the different types of AccessNI check...

  • Marketing and Promotion

    • How to become a Graphic Designer

      This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a graphic designer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends, and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become a Corporate Events Organiser

      This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a corporate events organiser. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become a Market Researcher

      This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a freelance market researcher. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become a PR Consultant

      This profile provides information about starting up and operating as a PR consultant. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also identifies some of the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information...

    • How to become a Signmaker

      This profile provides information about starting up and running a sign making service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become a Marketing Consultant

      This profile provides information about starting up and operating as a freelance marketing consultant. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information...

    • Starting a Design Agency

      This profile provides information about starting up and running a design agency. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • Starting an Advertising Agency

      This profile provides information about starting up and running an advertising agency. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information...

  • Other Services

    • Starting up a Detective Agency

      This profile provides information about starting up and running a detective agency. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become a Residential Letting Agent

      This profile provides information about starting up and operating as a residential letting agent. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become a Freight Forwarder

      This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a freight forwarder. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information...

    • Starting a Private Security Agency

      This profile provides information about starting up and running a private security agency. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become a Health and Safety Consultant

      This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a health and safety consultant. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • A Guide to the Courier and Parcel Services Sector

      This market synopsis examines the trends and market developments affecting the courier and parcel services sector in the UK. It provides information targeted specifically at new, existing or aspiring small business owners who are aiming to trade or develop their interests within this sector...

    • How to become a Business Adviser

      This profile provides information about starting up and operating as a freelance business adviser. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information...

  • Recruitment and HR

    • Starting a Model Agency

      This profile provides information about starting up and running a model agency. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends, and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • Starting a Recruitment Agency

      This profile provides information about starting a recruitment agency. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information...

    • Starting a Temping Agency

      This profile provides information about starting up and running a temping agency. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become an Executive Search Consultant

      This profile provides information about starting up and running an executive search consultancy. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support...

    • How to become a HR Consultant

      This profile provides information about starting up and operating as an HR consultant. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also identifies some of the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information...