My plan was to start a small business in Salisbury back in 2007, and become self employed, after I’d moved here from Southampton.
I’d always had an interest in computers so it was decided that it would be a small repair business in the City.
I got in contact with an organisation called Business Link and had a meeting with one of their new business advisors.
We discussed various options available for new starts and how to register with HMRC for tax purposes as well as advertising options such as a website.
Start A Small Business At Home In Salisbury
The best option was to start a small business at home, become self employed, in Salisbury and to see how it would develop.
I had a spare bedroom available could be used as an office and workshop for repairs. It would be a lot cheaper than renting an office space in Salisbury.
As I was going to be a self-employed sole trader, I contacted HMRC and registered for self assessment.
I also registered for a Government Gateway user ID and password so that I could sign into my new HMRC account.
A short time later I received a letter with my Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number that I would need for tax returns.
I didn’t need to become VAT registered as I never expected to earn enough.
I also had to come up with a business name but didn’t want anything fancy.
In the end, I simply used the key words that someone was likely to type into a search engine if they were trying to find the services that I was offering. Salisbury Computer Repairs seemed like a good idea for a business in this City 🙂
Advertising My Small Business
If I wanted to get any customers for my new business then I was going to have to advertise.
Flyers and leaflets seemed like a good idea so I had some printed. A lot of time was spent walking around the streets in my local area, posting flyers. I suspect that many ended up in the rubbish bin.
I also contacted the Salisbury Journal and arranged for a small advert to appear in the trades section of their newspaper each week.
The advert seemed to do the trick and my phone was soon ringing. The phone was now ringing.
A website to be able to advertise my services online was also needed but there was a problem. I didn’t know anything about them or how to create a website.
I did some research online and discovered one of the website builders that I could use to create my own site.
It wasn’t long before I found out that it wasn’t appearing on the first page of Google’s search engine results pages (SERPS).
In the end, I bought a web hosting package, registered a suitable domain name built my own.
I also learned about On-page search engine optimisation and it wasn’t too long before my website was on page one of the results.
As far as I’m concerned, budget for a website if you can and/or use Facebook to advertise.
That’s a brief guide to how to start a small business in Salisbury and become self employed. Good luck.