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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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Starting a Florist Business

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd September 2013
Do you know your dahlias from your delphiniums and your carnations from your chrysanthemums?  Ever thought about turning your flair for flowers into a budding business? So far in our “How to start a” series we have discussed the intricacies of starting a range of businesses including a starting a B&B, a bookstore business and a warehouse business and this week in honour of s...
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Reasons why starting a business might not be for you

by: Startacus Admin ~ 31st August 2013
Now hold your horses - this is Startacus - The Self Start society ain't it? Don't we just inspire, motivate and encourage the early stage entrepreneur? Well yep, that’s certainly the case - we love all things enterprising. But self starters can be anyone with an idea, an interest, a hobby, a passion, who does something constructive, proactive about it. That doesn't mean just people starting ...
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Options for when your business ain't working!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 26th August 2013
You've tried everything. You've literally tried everything. But your startup /business / freelancing service - call it what you like - just ain’t working in its current form. No-one said that starting your own business would be easy, or that business success would happen overnight, but this business is sinking, and you're stuck in the sand. Sounding a little like the opening credits of a ...
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10 startup lessons learned

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th August 2013
Gemma Pirnie has guest written for Startacus before. One such post was aptly named Lessons learned on the Startup Road and aptly named as this post addresses just that again, but with Gemma's startup just about the launch we were keen to find out what other pointers Gemma could highlight. Over to Gemma... "I’m just about to launch my company, Your New Crew, this month and it has m...
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Setting up a Bookstore - What the Dickens?

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th August 2013
Setting up a Bookstore - What the Dickens? As you have hopefully noticed, over recent weeks we have been writing articles discussing the ins-and-outs of setting up various businesses. So far, we have covered setting up: a B&B business, a photography business and a magazine business (to name just a few) and this week we are turning our attention to that most traditional of enterprises... the b...
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Social Media Tips - beginner things to avoid

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st August 2013
Social Media Tips -  beginner things to avoidWe all get told about the best ways to use social media - but what about the things you really should be avoiding? Here's some info on how to avoid the most common pitfalls when using social media...  Trying to use too many new ways of communicating at once Imagine if the lightbulb, the bike, the car, the internet, the phone, and so on ...
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How to start a magazine

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st August 2013
Continuing with our recent series of “Starting a..” articles, which have already included starting a Jewellery Business, a B&B and a photography business, this week we are taking a look at the ins-and-outs and ups-and-downs of starting your own magazine. A valiant undertaking indeed, but one with potentially great rewards! Firstly let’s assume that you are someone with a goo...
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3 Common Misconceptions About Being An Entrepreneur In A Startup

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th August 2013
3 Common Misconceptions About Being An Entrepreneur In A Startup...We previously featured Kate Jackson and TableCrowd so we were delighted when Kate offered to write a guest post for Startacus on the subject of '3 Common Misconceptions About Being An Entrepreneur In A Startup'. Over to Kate:  I left my role as a commercial solicitor in a top City practice around 6 years ago and have since co...
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