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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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Words from the not so wise!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th September 2012
Jo Haigh, author of Tales from the Glass Ceiling and 25 years experienced self starter, writes for Startacus on taking risks, planning, success and failure..."Words from the not so wise! Is a true entrepreneur a calculating risk taker or are they calculated risk takers? Having run my own business for nearing 25 years I have certainly taken my fair share of risks, not least having set up in two re...
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Where do good business ideas come from?

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th September 2012
Joseph Benn, author of 'Brilliant Business Ideas' shares his thoughts on where good business ideas come from (and gives a few tips on how you can find them) “I’d would love to have my own business I just need an idea.” If you have ever uttered these words, then this post is for you.  Its a dream which so many of us harbour, but so few of actually achieve and its no wonder, ...
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Beginners’ Top tips on using LinkedIn for business

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th September 2012
LinkedIn is commonly thought of as a social network for professionals. But it is also a valuable tool to use linkedin for business...If you want to network and connect with work professionals or want to try and network to find a new job, LinkedIn is a good place to start. With an already massive audience reach in the US, the European market is still growing and it is estimated that around 4 m...
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Top 5 Budget Tablets for your Business

by: Startacus Admin ~ 19th September 2012
Remember 3 years ago before tablets existed? Well you may actually be surprised to know that they did exist before 3 years ago. Apple just marketed it better. However since the iPad’s release, companies have been making tracks in the tablet industry, and what tracks they’ve made! They’re more powerful, have better screens, bigger batteries... the list could go on. Prices of table...
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How and When to register for VAT

by: Startacus Admin ~ 18th September 2012
Are you starting a business? We supply the lowdown on VAT in the UK and Ireland - how and when to register and who has to do it! VAT? *yawn*... Many of us, particularly the more creative amongst us, probably feel the same when the whole matter of VAT rears its’ head. However whilst it may be deemed the “boring stuff”, if you are serious about business, it’s one of those thi...
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