Starting a business in Ireland makes you feel excited, anxious and a little overwhelmed.
Where should you start? What do you need to do? Odds are, you have far more questions than you have answers. This is common with all new businesses and entrepreneurs.
All you need is some help to get you started and get all those questions you have answered. Before you try to get your business off the ground, check out these essential links so you’re well prepared.
1. Startups Ireland
Startups Ireland offers resources, classes and business plans to help you go from clueless to a knowledgeable entrepreneur. Some resources on the site are free while others must be purchased. The resources are designed for new and existing businesses.
2. Revenue Commissioners
Taxes are just a fact when it comes to starting a business in Ireland. Don’t get so caught up in starting the business that you forget about the tax portion. Let the Revenue Commissioners website guide you through all your tax questions.
3. Companies Registration Office
You’ll need a company name and you’ll need to register it as well. Find out everything you need to know about the process through the Companies Registration Office. You can even make sure your business name isn’t already taken before you start marketing your new business.
LinkedIn might not sound like an essential resource for starting a business in Ireland, but it’s the perfect networking tool. Connect with other business owners, ask questions and get support from others. You may even be able to connect with investors as your business goes from an idea to a thriving startup.
The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association offers advice on funding, taxes and more. It’s designed for smaller businesses with up to 250 employees. It’s a good place to start to give you an idea of the financial aspects of starting a business.
6. Chambers Ireland
The Chambers Ireland site helps you connect with your local chapter and provides valuable resources on business in the area. You don’t have to join to benefit from the information. Use this resource for inspiration and to connect with other business owners in Ireland.
7. Citizens Information Board
The Citizens Information Board provides a free list of resources along with tips and advice on starting a business in Ireland. From the planning stage and funding to paying taxes and hiring employees, you’ll find answers to a wide range of questions here. It’s a resource you’ll probably come back to again and again as your business starts to grow.
8. Enterprise Ireland
Starting a business in Ireland does require some upfront capital. Unless you’ve already saved up for the costs, you’ll need funding before you can start your business. Enterprise Ireland provides advice and resources on funding. You’ll find funding options based on different stages of your business development, from planning to expanding.
9. Local Enterprise Office
The Local Enterprise Office site offers a wide range of resources to help you find support for your business. The free guide lists different types of supports and provides details to help you determine whether you qualify or not. You’ll also find advice on entrepreneurship in Ireland along with the latest news that affect small and medium businesses.
10. Think Business
Think Business provides one very important resource – a business plan template. Before you can present your idea to investors, you need a solid business plan. Think Business provides a detailed template along with other advice for starting a business in Ireland.
Starting Your Business
Take your time when starting a business and make sure you fully understand everything that’s required, from registering a business to getting the funding you need. Spending the time to plan now helps you create a more successful business later. Don’t forget to also think about your website and branding as early as possible. After all, you’ll need an online presence to market your business and build your brand.
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