Chapter 5

Timing the jump

Starting a business can be a confusing operation: so many decisions to take, so many actions to carry out. It can be important to keep to the right path. If you fail to take one step when it is necessary, this can delay your start.

What is in this chapter?

This chapter should help you to keep to the critical path. It sets out 60 steps. Not all will apply to every business – decide which are critical for yours and which you can ignore. You might find it convenient to combine two steps even though one does not need to be done until later. But, in general, carry out the steps in the approximate order given. The steps are divided into four sections:

  • Initial preparation (see below).
  • Getting into greater detail (p. ...

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