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Dealing with your Tax Returns online

by: Startacus Admin ~ 4th November 2012
Yes, the deadline for sending your paper Self-Assessment tax return has now passed (31st October) but don’t worry you can still file your tax return online. Steve Girling from itab gives Startacus the lowdown...The deadline for sending your tax return online is 31st January by midnight. Sending your tax return online can be quite straight forward and the advantages are that at least you...
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Top 5 Social Media Management Tools

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st November 2012
If you’re in the process of starting or running a small business, one of the best resources to help forge customer relationships and create brand awareness is of course Social Media. It’s hard to remember a time when we weren’t using it and for marketing and business development alone its’ impact has been massive. However, actually managing Social Media properly is a job in...
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Intellectual Property - a basic guide

by: Startacus Admin ~ 31st October 2012
If you’re in business or are planning to be, protecting your Intellectual Property is paramount and if you’re in a creative enterprise, especially so. However, rather than bombard you all with legalistic jargon and terminology we thought we would simply outline in simple terms, the basics that you need to know.What is Intellectual Property?In basic terms, Intellectual Property (IP) ref...
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Innovating & collaborating with people - Power to the People!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 31st October 2012
With Startacus' own collaboration platform on its way very soon, the subject of ideas, innovation and collaboration is close to Startacus' heart. Guest Writer Clare Griffiths asks; Innovating with people? What’s that all about?Many people mistakenly limit innovation with technological developments. However, as I have already asserted in this series, innovation is much more than that – ...
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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? 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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