With first year costs starting from as little as £30,000, the costs of setting up each type of business have been compiled, so everyone knows how much they need to save before becoming CEO.
No two companies are the same, but different types of business influence what likely first year outlays could be. Going it alone from a desk in a co-working space. From the most budget friendly to the businesses you’ll need to scrimp to set up, the most popular dream gigs and their costs were found to be:
- Solopreneurs - £30K outlay for the first year: ‘Solopreneurs’, or those going it properly alone, have it the cheapest, with an estimated first year outlay of £30K. With office rental coming at around £3.5K for a seat in a co-working space, or less for savvy entrepreneurs, the biggest expenses a solopreneur will need to budget for in their first year will likely be company set-up, insurance and building a website to advertise their services - a must in today’s market!
- Retailers - £172K outlay for the first year: Owning a retail business, from grocery store to boutique fashion store, is a popular dream in the UK, but those backing themselves to get into this line of work should be aware they’ll likely need some start up capital, as setting up a retail business costs around £172K. Renting retail premises and storage space can cost anywhere upwards from £37K, while buying your store space is a six figure sum. Stock, tills and employees are also expenses prospective retailers will need to factor in, including the hidden cost of employees’ NI payments and insurance.
- Tech Entrepreneurs - £380K outlay for the first year: There’s a lot of money to be made in tech today - but anyone looking to make some, may need to spend it first. Office rentals for even a small team could account for up to 50% of that estimated budget, while employee salaries, insurance and equipment are another huge budgetary consideration. However, tech-savvy entrepreneurs may be able to save money by building their own websites!
Unless you’re a solopreneur going it alone from the comfort of your own home, office premises are likely to be your biggest first year expense, with prices starting at £30K for one co-working space. Employees are likely to be the second biggest drain on your purse strings, with basic salaries also added to with NI considerations, employee insurance, potential recruiter fees, and equipment for your new team. Just registering your business alone is also likely to pump up the cost, with an estimated cost of £340.37 just to get your business up and running.
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