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Tips for using Pinterest for Business

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th December 2012
Tips for using Pinterest for Business... Firstly, although Startacus signed up to Pinterest some months ago, until this point our usage of this site has been quite minimal. However, having heard about many businesses and people acclaiming its’ value and upon hearing that Carhoots (an online marketplace for cars in the UK) had over 1.9 million followers on their various pinboards, we were in...
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Top 5 Websites for Design Inspiration

by: Startacus Admin ~ 11th December 2012
No matter how creative a designer you may be, every now and again you might just need a little inspiration to help get those creative juices flowing again. We’ve put together our Top 5 Websites for Design Inspiration that ought to help just a little for those days when you’re struggling creatively... DribbleIn its’ own words, Dribble is a ‘show and tell for designers&rsquo...
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Crowdfunding for Startups

by: Startacus Admin ~ 11th December 2012
It’s a simple idea - crowdfunding is a means of raising funds from your social networks. You post your business idea to a platform for a finite period to reach a set target and only pay commission if you are successful. In return donors receive non-monetary rewards (donations model), repayment with interest on the loan (debt model) or equity in the company (equity investm...
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Starting a Craft Business - the basics to consider

by: Startacus Admin ~ 6th December 2012
It’d be fair to say that crafts have never really gone away, however they have certainly experienced somewhat of a resurgence in recent times. These days more and more of us are embracing crafts either by using our own creative and crafting skills, or supporting independent craft-makers and artisans when and where we can - and that can only be a good thing. Whether it’s knitting, card-...
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How to Bootstrap Content Marketing

by: Startacus Admin ~ 5th December 2012
With over 10 years of experience in content creation and search engine optimisation for SME's, Benjamin Kerry gives Startacus 3 beginners tips on making sure that your content can be found and noticed.If you’re a startup then there’s two things you have to accept: no one knows you exist, and what’s more, no one cares. Think you’re unique? One in a million? Sure, one in four...
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Bootstrapped? Nice idea: If you can afford boots

by: Startacus Admin ~ 4th December 2012
Guest Writer Dominic Tarn, suggest starting a business with no money is an option, if you let the words do the talking... I have no money. Well, almost no money. A fact I am rapidly in the process of changing. That's fine, given I was a student for longer than expected (long story, which involved Canada and a girl - doesn't every long story involve romance of some kind?), but whilst still a stude...
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Some essential tips on working from home

by: Startacus Admin ~ 4th December 2012
Working from home can be great. However, it can be a little bit like a job that involves lots of international travel - the realities of being stuck at Airports is certainly less interesting and enticing than the romantic picture that a job with travel may first seem! So with this in mind, and to make sure that working from home is not only an option, but is an advantage, take on board the ti...
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Business Ideas - Does your business idea pass the ‘Granny Test’?

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd December 2012
Self Starter Krisi Smith, co-founder of Bluebird Tea Co. tells us how your Granny is essential to any successful business idea.I have some very wise, important and never heard before business advice to share with you, so make sure you’re listening carefully: your granny is absolutely key to your business success! Sound a bit bizarre? Anyone who knows me, or has tried my banana tea, can ...
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Don't Start a Business in the Recession… Not!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th November 2012
Guest writer Jo Haigh talks up taking opportunities, the recession, making money and the importance of cash...If Location, Location and Location is vital in identifying and enhancing the value of an asset in the property market then cash, cash and cash remains paramount in any business, but never more so than in a new venture in these cash strapped times.Starting a business in a recession may not ...
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Top 5 Photography Apps

by: Startacus Admin ~ 26th November 2012
Thanks to the good ol’ smartphone, most of us have a pretty decent camera at our disposal, pretty much all of the time. But do we really make the most of it? Well perhaps we could, especially if we availed of some of the latest apps for sharing, manipulating and editing our photos. So, whether you’re a full time designer or artist or you’d simply like to get a little more creativ...
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How to test a Business Idea

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st November 2012
Whilst many of us may harbour ideas for businesses, not all of us will act on them and it’s often the case that we have an idea, do nothing about it and then months, maybe years later we see someone who has acted on that very idea and created a business. We may get annoyed - have a little rant perhaps - “But I thought of that first..” or even “ Why didn’t I bother doi...
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Top tips on reinventing a product for a new audience

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th November 2012
Self Starter, Krisi Smith, co-founder of the innovative Bluebird Tea Co. offers her top tips on how to reinvent a product for a new audience.I’m not claiming to be a guru of reinvention, however, I am very proud to be on a mission to reinvent possibly the most well loved drink in the world – The humble cuppa.Although considered a staple and an ordinary, everyday occurrence, the cuppa i...
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