With Christmas approaching, it may be time to think about making a change for the New Year.

Perhaps making a New Year resolution to take more control of your life which could be achieved by running your own business instead of following the rules and requirements of an employer.

And Adams & Co, the business transfer agents based in Hailsham, has a wide selection of suitable opportunities, some to suit a first time buyer and others to appeal to an experienced business person or entrepreneur.

Some small businesses are on offer for as little as £9,750, for example, for a Chinese and Malaysian restaurant and take-away near to Eastbourne seafront and town centre. The restaurant seats 34-36 and could be used for other cuisines and is being sold because the vendor is retiring.

For those looking for something larger, a beautiful Grade II Listed Windmill Guest House with 10 en-suite bedrooms, plus owners self-contained separate home with garage, large reception room, huge bedroom (could be 2), dressing room, large en-suite and small garden is on sale for offers in excess of £995,900 freehold.

It has a riverside location in the highly sought-after all year tourist Cinque Port town of Rye and with a turnover in excess of £150,000pa it offers a fantastic lifestyle business.

Other guest houses in Eastbourne include: one offering a nine bedrooms with five ensuite and one bed owners’ home just reduced to £315,000; and another near the seafront and town centre, offering 6/7 letting rooms (5 en-suite) with separate self-catering kitchen for guests use and owners accommodation including own lounge, dining room, fully fitted kitchen, double bedroom and en-suite bathroom.

It is run on an easy self-catering basis, with mainly long-term mature foreign language students and priced at £339,500.

At present leasehold small cafes and sandwich bars are proving very popular with buyers, providing the chance to make profit without having to work long hours, late nights and undertake a lot of training.

A busy cafe and takeaway in the High Street of a sought-after thriving inland town offers 42 covers over three floors and four outside, plus cellar and further store rooms.

Opening 8am to 4.30pm weekdays and 10.30am to 2.30pm on Sundays with an easy menu it is on sale for £44,950 leasehold.