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How to have a tax-free Christmas

by: Startacus Admin ~ 4th December 2013
Those kind folk over at Crunch Accountancy are spreading the festive cheer, with a timely post on what tax exemptions startups & freelancers are entitled to for a Christmas Party! Over to Crunch to explain:Shameful flirting under the mistletoe, unusual amounts of merriment, and a sore head the next day can only mean one thing at this time of year – the work Christmas party! You might be...
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Choice of Trading Vehicle

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st December 2013
Richard from Simplicity Accounting, a Belfast based Accountancy firm give Startacus (and all you good folk) some handy pointers on choosing your business trading vehicle. Over to Richard to explain. Choice of trading vehicle? First of all you may ask yourself, “what on earth is a trading vehicle?” Your trading vehicle is the legal status of your business, and beyond matters of th...
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The Journey of a beginner Exhibitor

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st December 2013
Most companies will, at some point, be involved in an exhibition. Exhibitions provide a great platform to meet potential buyers and promote your company. When you invest time, money and resources it is important it is a success so here is a short guide to help you avoid some of the basic mistakes. This three part guide is designed for the first time exhibitor. It will take you on the exciting jou...
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What to look for in your business insurance

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th November 2013
Deciding on the right business insurance for your company can be absolutely essential for your firm’s wellbeing. Choosing the wrong package could leave your company completely unprotected against enormous threats to its finances. Business insurance is also a large and long-term commitment: you do not want to find yourself and your business bound to the wrong package. It is essential, therefo...
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Working out your USP

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th November 2013
Self Starter June Carmody is an experienced consultant, Community Manager and marketing executive with a focus on startups. In this article June gives us a all some handy pointers on "working out your USP"“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” Coco Chanel "A USP (Unique Selling Point) is a term frequently used in the business world. You need to have somethi...
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How to Market Your Popup Shop

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th November 2013
Over the past few weeks we have taken on the splendid challenge of compiling a series of posts detailing some of the key things that you will need to consider before you open the doors of your temporary venture.  So far on our popup progress we have delved into; how to select and secure a location for your popup shop, the legalities of running a popup shop and how to source products for your ...
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Five top tips on how to collect payment - Keeping your business on track

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th November 2013
Getting paid by your customers is a crucial part of keeping your business running smoothly.  But simply sending out your invoices isn’t enough - you need to remember that a sale isn’t a sale until the money’s in your bank account! Emily Coltman FCA, Chief Accountant to online accounting service provider FreeAgent, gives her five top tips on how to collect payment from your ...
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Recruiting for your Startup - Part 5

by: Startacus Admin ~ 14th November 2013
So...all good things must come to an end. And the end we speak of today is the 5th and final in our series of posts on Recruiting for your Startup. In the recruitment process, this is the one we’ve been building up to - the finale if you like - Dum Dum Der - the interview... Since this is the 5th post, there’ve been of course four before now - the links for which you’ll convenie...
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How to start a cleaning business

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th November 2013
Are you ready to get your hands dirty with some good old fashioned entrepreneurial spirit?  Where others see dirt and grime do you see opportunity? Then you could really clean up with your very own cleaning service. It’s definitely nothing new or massively innovative, but the tried and tested cleaning business is one of the staples on the private enterprise menu. Just think about how m...
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Recruiting for your Startup - Part 4

by: Startacus Admin ~ 5th November 2013
So this is the fourth part of our Recruiting for your Startup series and we've covered quite a few bases already in what is a very important process for you and your business. Missed any of the earlier posts? Simply check out the links at the bottom of this article for Parts 1-3. So, let’s take a moment to reflect We highlighted previously the importance of planning the logistics of your i...
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The Startacus Guide to social media competitions

by: Startacus Admin ~ 5th November 2013
You cannot escape them…they are everywhere.    They began as something of a novelty - a happy quirk adding a bit of variety to your news feed, but now they have taken over!  We are of course talking about the overused and much lamented social media competition. Some of you will be wondering why our tone is so aggrieved, as you glide past such competitions with hardly a secon...
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How to source products for your popup shop

by: Startacus Admin ~ 4th November 2013
If you are a regular visitor to Startacus, you will know that over recent weeks we have been outlining the specifics of setting up a popup shop with a renewed spirit and vigour. So far in the series we have brought you ‘How to set up a popup shop’, ‘How to select and secure a location for your popup shop’ and ‘The legalities of setting up a popup shop’.  No...
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