Myself and 2 friends have decided we want to start a business from scratch. Our goal is to eventually get a shop (not right now with the climate as it is) and sell clothes with the added extra of having a request service. If someone is looking for a size 12 black dress with a specific design for example, they tell us and we'll get it for them within a week. There is a serious lack of affordable clothes shops in our area and people here have to travel quite a distance if they want clothes so there is a huge gap in the market here. There is only one clothes shop here and it has a very limited stock, and two charity shops. There are a lot of youngsters here who wouldn't be seen dead in one so they have to spend what little money they have on buses and trains to get the clothes they want. There are also a lot of young children here who have to waste money on travel to get their children clothes/shoes/hats etc. These are the main targets. We think we'll get a lot of business because of the request service, no one will ever have to travel anywhere if they know they can ask for what they want and it will be there asap. We also plan to have a kids corner for parents shopping with young children, plus a 'comfy corner' with a settee and tea/coffee maker where people are welcome to just come in from the cold for a cuppa, hoping that a few of them will buy from us. It'll be like nothing around here and we hope the little extras will make a huge difference. Obviously we're right at the beginning so nowhere near that yet. We're going to start with carboots for a few months to get used to trading and selling, seeing what sells the most, what doesn't sell at all etc. That way we're not risking anything if it doesn't work. We're all new to this so don't want to jump in, we want to get a feel for it all to start with and find out what each of us is best at (bookeeping, technical stuff, a sellers charm etc lol). We want to get an account just for this purpose but don't know if a bank will accept three people onto one account? If not, any idea how to get around this? I know paypal will let the three of us open an account so will do that if needs be but it would be easier to have a bank/building society account. Also, when we do eventually get a shop, what do we need to know, ie business rates, taxes, legal stuff? Can we sell things bought on ebay for example? And anything else you think we should know lol. Any tips on how to make this a sucess will be great! Between the three of us we all have talents and expertise that could make this a reality in a couple of years. Thanks in advance!