Be The Boss

The Be The Boss small business archive.


How to become an urban beekeeper

Becoming an apiarist could keep you as busy as a bee. So do it with patience, preparation and passion – or don’t do it at all.


How to run an immersive theatre production

The extraordinary world of immersive theatre – in particular Suspects, Lunatics and a Leather Apron, which explores the Jack the Ripper story.


How to run a craft workshop

Frustrated with endless paperwork, art teacher Wayne sought a creative career elsewhere and now offers art workshops and craft-themed parties to people of all ages

Investing in a franchise

How to become a fudge shop franchisee

How two co-founders of a thriving PR firm harnessed a “mid-life crisis” to switch careers to their enduring satisfaction


How to run a cheese and craft ale shop

How a passion for fine cheeses and craft ales – and a positive response to a Twitter business pitch – spawned a thriving shop in north London.


How to be a butcher

Have you ever thought about becoming a butcher? Terry Murray and son explain the highs and lows of running a popular family butchers in London.

Business Ideas & Planning

How I became a florist

Ever dreamt about becoming a florist? Learn about the reality of running your own shop with north London-based florist Alys.


Only animal lovers need apply: running a pet shop

NHS cost accountant turned pet shop owner Hannah shares her story and advice with would-be pet shop owners and animal lovers seeking a career change.


How to run a children’s shoe-fitting service

Tired of working long hours in financial PR, Sam switched to a very different vocation and couldn’t be happier. This is her story.

Business Loans

A guide to getting a small business loan

Everything you need to know on what small business loans are and what types of loan are available for your business.

Partner content

Why you need a business bank account

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Partner content

5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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Business management

How to create good cashflow habits

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