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Self-employed and working alone? Here's some tips for managing your working week

by: Startacus Admin ~ 23rd September 2013
We've talked about the advantages of getting a co-founder, we've talked about the advantages of a career working for a startup - in fact, we’ve talked about lots of stuff about startups full stop. But let’s not forget that lots of self starters, lots of Startacus members, work alone - for themselves and never intend to do anything but work for themselves alone. Call yourself a self s...
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The power of print: how putting your ideas on the page can boost your street cred

by: Startacus Admin ~ 18th September 2013
At, we spend our days working with small businesses and start-ups, anyone from freelance designers, local printers and kitchen industries, to help them get on their feet through the majestic medium of print. Make no bones about it; taking the time to make sure your business cards, flyers or signage are just right can really make the difference between getting that partnership or luring...
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Selling at Craft Fairs - Basic Tips

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th September 2013
If craft is your thing, you’re more than likely at some point bound to be considering exhibiting at a craft fair or show. Whether you’re doing it as a way of earning a few extra pounds or you’re hoping that it could be the start of a retail empire, there can be no denying that selling at a craft fair can be one of the best ways of making an impact - both to showcase your wares an...
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The basics of Buying a Franchise

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th September 2013
Here at Startacus we know all too well that setting up a business for yourself can be a daunting, stressful and at times downright frustrating process, that’s just the way it is! For many it's the anticipation of all these factors along with the financial risk involved that keeps them from taking that mighty step and making their dream of self employment a reality. But a crafty few choose to...
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Why a career in a startup can be a good idea

by: Startacus Admin ~ 14th September 2013
Why a career in a startup can be a good idea... Firstly lets get down to the basics - the terminology and association around what is a ‘startup’ company can vary slightly depending on where you live and the type of industry you work in. In its purest form - a Startup is an early stage .com type business in the process of formalising its business and its business model. In more general...
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Starting a Part-Time business while working - beginner’s advice

by: Startacus Admin ~ 12th September 2013
Many people harbour an unfulfilled dream of starting their own business, a secret yearning for self-sufficiency and independence that they keep quietly tucked away each day as they head off for work. It is an ambition that for most will remain unrealised as they allow practicalities, financial responsibilities and other life circumstances to snuff out any hope of ever achieving it. That’s w...
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Top Tips for setting up a Market Stall

by: Startacus Admin ~ 10th September 2013
Whether you view it as the start of a retail empire or simply a way to earn a bit of extra money, running a market stall successfully requires a bit more prep than simply turning up at a stall and selling your wares. So if setting up a market stall is on your mind, here are a few of the main things you ought to consider: Decide what you’re sellingThere are all sorts of markets these da...
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How to set up a part time boot-camp business

by: ~ 9th September 2013
How to set up a part time boot-camp business? Are you someone who is fanatical about their fitness ? Do you fancy earning a few extra pounds by helping people lose theirs? Follow our simple guide to help you turn that idea into a lean, mean part-time boot camp! Our growing obsession with physical fitness simply isn't going away, the fitness industry has held steady throughout the recession w...
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Hamsters are just rats with positive PR

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th September 2013
"Hamsters are just rats with positive PR” or so says President Putin Spin, PR, hype or just the old concept of the emperor’s new clothes, business positioning is and always has been massively important to a successful enterprise. From the start of any venture and throughout its existence, maintaining a positive image is all important but it's also essential to recognise the fragilit...
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Travel and leisure entrepreneur competition - you could really go places

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th September 2013
We feature a lot of start-up competitions here at Startacus, and more often than not the prize on offer comes in the form of financial investment in a company or idea. As brilliant as this is, we sometimes think that companies unwittingly overlook one of the most valuable assets that they can offer to a start-up...their wealth of experience! That’s why we are pleased to introduce The Big Id...
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Twittertape - Startacus chats to the inventor

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th September 2013
What’s not to love about Twittertape! Mixing old school and new technologies - Adam Vaughan, inventor of said Twittertape recently got some rather mainstream press when his rather gadget-esque invention was featured on the BBC by Technology reporter Zoe Kleinman. Twittertape is basically a ticker-tape machine that prints out Tweets. (There, managed to summarise that in 72 characters!) We&r...
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Pinterest Web Analytics- A Pintroduction

by: Startacus Admin ~ 5th September 2013
Here at Startacus, we’ll never give up championing the importance of including social media in the marketing strategy of your start-up venture... it’s like really...really important. You seasoned social media masters out there are no-doubt well versed in using web analytics to gain insight into how customers are interacting with your online content. But for those of you who stare sligh...
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