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How to Start a Pop-up shop

by: Startacus Admin ~ 7th October 2013
How to start a pop-up shop. It’s amazing that it has taken us this long! With all the championing we do for pop-up shops, pop-up festivals, pop-up bars and pop-up everything else, how we managed to miss out on such an obvious feature as ‘How to Start a Pop-up shop’ is a complete mystery! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept, a pop-up shop is a temporary ret...
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Using Vine in Business- Keeping it Short and Sweet

by: Startacus Admin ~ 6th October 2013
In recent weeks, Startacus has gone a little bit bonkers over the wealth of new apps which are popping up all over the place to help feed the public's ever growing hunger for the merging of visual and social media. If like us you find yourself completely hooked on discovering new and innovative ways to interact and engage visually with people online then check out our recent articles on Pinterest ...
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A call to Action from an Entrepreneur - "Just do it"

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st October 2013
Breda Doherty, Director of Hubb.it tells us her tale and also argues it's better to "go for it", than look back in regret...Nike created one of the most inspiring marketing slogans of all time in “Just do it”. I love that Startacus brings this just do it ethos to their self-start society. I relate to what Startacus are supporting and the benefits it brings. Once I decide there’s...
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The comfort of contracts, lets KISS and make up

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st October 2013
Jo Haigh returns with a blog post on the importance of contracts, litigation and keeping it simple...I hate long and complex agreements. I have neither the patience nor the time to read all the very small print, and even with my glasses on and a magnifying glass I struggle to actually see. As a result I admit I have signed more than one contract that I simply have taken on good faith as being acc...
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How to start a coffee shop

by: Startacus Admin ~ 30th September 2013
How to start a coffee shop Coffee - it’s one of our absolute, top of the pile, couldn't live without, favourite things - in fact, it's fair to say that the Startacus office runs on the stuff. We love it all; the bitter darkness, the intoxicating vapours, the comforting warmth, I could go on and on but the point is if Startacus didn’t run a website we would definitely run a coffee shop!...
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Market Research - The Why and the How...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 29th September 2013
Leading online Market Research company Marketest outline the basics of Market Research for startups. Here's the lowdown:Why should small business or start-ups conduct market research?The risk of starting a small business is exceedingly high, as a result a small business owner needs to reduce this risk to survive and increase the likelihood of an investment. This can easily be done through market r...
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Working the crowd. How to make the most of crowdfunding

by: Startacus Admin ~ 29th September 2013
In case you’ve forgotten crowdfunding is a process by which money can be raised in support of your business through a growing number of social networks which facilitate contributions from the internet. You 'pitch' your business idea on one of these platforms for a designated period of time with a pre-agreed target to be raised - in most cases if you don't raise all of the money, you don&rsqu...
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The Pros and Cons of Startup Accelerators

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th September 2013
We feature quite a few of these productive little programmes for budding businesses here at Startacus and we always try to make sure that we point out all the facts so you can make an informed decision before applying for one. Now we think it’s about time that we delved a little deeper into the world of startup accelerators and highlight some of the benefits and indeed the potential stumblin...
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Tips on How to Pitch to Retailers

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th September 2013
If you’ve created a product that you’d like to be sold in retail channels, knowing how to pitch is essential. It doesn’t matter if you are pitching to an independent store owner or if you’re pitching to a large multiple - getting your pitch right is a must. Here are some basic Tips on How to Pitch to Retailers that we reckon should help... Do your research Doing research...
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Self-employed and working alone? Here's some tips for managing your working week

by: Startacus Admin ~ 23rd September 2013
We've talked about the advantages of getting a co-founder, we've talked about the advantages of a career working for a startup - in fact, we’ve talked about lots of stuff about startups full stop. But let’s not forget that lots of self starters, lots of Startacus members, work alone - for themselves and never intend to do anything but work for themselves alone. Call yourself a self s...
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The power of print: how putting your ideas on the page can boost your street cred

by: Startacus Admin ~ 18th September 2013
At printed.com, we spend our days working with small businesses and start-ups, anyone from freelance designers, local printers and kitchen industries, to help them get on their feet through the majestic medium of print. Make no bones about it; taking the time to make sure your business cards, flyers or signage are just right can really make the difference between getting that partnership or luring...
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Selling at Craft Fairs - Basic Tips

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th September 2013
If craft is your thing, you’re more than likely at some point bound to be considering exhibiting at a craft fair or show. Whether you’re doing it as a way of earning a few extra pounds or you’re hoping that it could be the start of a retail empire, there can be no denying that selling at a craft fair can be one of the best ways of making an impact - both to showcase your wares an...
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