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The Advantages of a shared co working space for Startups

by: Startacus Admin ~ 25th October 2012
Peter Ames of Office Genie makes a case for why your startup could benefit from a leap into the world of shared offices...  Life as a home-based startup owner can be difficult: there are a myriad of potential distractions in the home. Distinctions between work and personal lives may begin to blur. You may start wondering if life might be better in a more focused environment. This is where a ...
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Choosing a Trade Fair - some basic tips

by: Startacus Admin ~ 23rd October 2012
Trade fairs and exhibitions can be one of the best ways of promoting your business or craft and getting your name out there. The organisers of these fairs and exhibitions all tend to be experts in sales and marketing, promoting their particular event as being the biggest, the best, the most unique or whatever. Deciding then which event to attend can be pretty difficult, since they all claim to be ...
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Raising Capital - your options for funding your Startup...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 22nd October 2012
Do forgive us if you feel the language used in this article is rather basic, however, most new self starters and startups can be forgiven for not appreciating or understanding where and how they can go about raising money to fund their start up. So, look at this as being our ‘beginners guide’ to finance and raising capital - and hopefully these nine financing options will help you out ...
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The Elevator Pitch

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th October 2012
Whether you are looking for investment or simply to get a new customer, perfecting your Elevator Pitch is a must - these basic tips should help...Whether you’re looking for funding from an investor, communicating with a potential client or you simply casually meet someone at an event or otherwise, describing who you are and what you do is vitally important in determining how they view you im...
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Top 5 Apps for Creative Types

by: Startacus Admin ~ 12th October 2012
These days there are apps for virtually everything and everybody. And if you’re the creative type, you’re pretty much spoilt for choice with the range of apps that are available for your smartphone or tablet. But which are the best? Which should you be using? Well...to be honest, we could probably write about the best and must-have apps for hours, but we know that you’d probably ...
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Creating a Marketing Plan - the basics

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th October 2012
Creating a Marketing Plan - the basics...For a business to be really successful one of the key elements that needs to be addressed from the earliest stages is the whole issue of Marketing. Of course you could decide to just let your business coast along but chances are you’ll get a whole lot further and in a more straightforward way if you just put a little effort into creating a Marketing P...
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10 Tips to Help Designers Beat the Recession

by: Startacus Admin ~ 7th October 2012
Doug Richard of School for Startups and Dragon's Den Fame guest writes for Startacus with some handy tips for Designers to beat the recession...   1.  Sell your work at local events. That local market or pop up shop is your best chance to meet customers face to face, to show them your work, to find out why they buy when they buy and to see what they are selling. If the fees are too hig...
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Make Sure Your Business Idea Has A Fighting Chance

by: Startacus Admin ~ 4th October 2012
Some great pointers from Joseph Benn on how to avoid the Dragons-Den-like humiliation when your idea is broken down (and into pieces). Startacus will be using some of these tips for sure...Dragons Den....The entrepreneurs presentation is going really well.All of a sudden the Dragons ask a question the entrepreneur has not thought about (or more often than not wilfully ignored). Cue music chan...
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Repress the Expense of Starting your Business

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd October 2012
Money (or lack of it) is so important when starting a business. So here is a guest post offering some handy tips to keep you going without spending a small fortune. So you have your great idea all set and ready to go. Your business plan is infallible and you’ve thought through every possible contingency. You are a business god. Unfortunately, you’re also dirt poor and the idea of ...
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Angel Investment - the basics...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd October 2012
Thinking of seeking Angel Investment? We give the rundown on some of the basics that you need to know... When you’re trying to get a business off the ground, the primary focus, at least initially anyway is usually money related. Getting those all essential funds together can be one of the most difficult tasks of all - difficult, yes, but certainly not impossible. From banks to crowdfunding,...
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Mixing Up Your Model

by: ~ 26th September 2012
Clare Griffiths is a Director of Think Innovate Change, a company which enables individuals and organisations to become more innovative by designing and delivering practical innovation management courses, tools and solutions. Last month Clare began the first of a series of helpful articles when she wrote about how you can generate creative business ideas. This month she goes on to talk about ...
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Startacus learns about Business Continuity...

by: ~ 26th September 2012
Deborah Stewart, Young Enterprise Business Advisor & Business owner, writes for Startacus on Business Continuity and getting her light bulb moment... Norfolk students get savvy about Business Continuity Storms, fire, terrorism, floods and disease, hundreds of business minded Norfolk Students have learnt how to be prepared for anything that life can throw at them. Amazingly I am now in my fi...
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