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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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Alternatives to Powerpoint for work presentations

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th November 2012
Some people really really love Powerpoint. It is their trusty comfort blanket when the company presentation, meeting, or pitch comes a-calling. Powerpoint is afterall the daddy of presentation tools. However it was not until recently when I started testing a few other Presentation tools that my own interest in Powerpoint waned slightly. Most of us probably use Powerpoint for presentations because ...
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Five Unique Newsworthy Press Release ideas for small business

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th November 2012
There are many reasons your business might need a press release; maybe you have just started up, have an event coming up or maybe a new product line? Whatever the reason, a press release can increase your visibility and create an exciting buzz that can increase sales. But what about mixing things up a little? The content of your press release must be interesting and newsworthy but that doesn&rsq...
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Top Tips to overcome Writers Block

by: Startacus Admin ~ 12th November 2012
Here at Startacus we reckon that writers block is perhaps one of our least favourite things in the whole world.  This is not only because of the frustration caused by knowing what you want to say but not quite knowing how to say it, but also because it can be a huge waste of time as you sit for hours infront of a blank word document. Laura Allen previously wrote about How to publish your...
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Self Development - What is it?

by: Startacus Admin ~ 11th November 2012
Joanne Bushby; Personal Development & Employability Coach, Stress Management, Usui Reiki Master Teacher & Energy Therapist (phew) asks "Self Development - What is it?"Self development is about raising yourself awareness, self esteem and self confidence all the things that are essential to being successful when taking the jump to setting up your own business. It is no good having a gre...
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Startup Tips - You Don’t Have To Like It - You Just Have To Do It!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th November 2012
Joseph Benn, author of 'Brilliant Business Ideas' makes the point that action at least equal results, which is more than can be said for just talking a good talk about your great idea and never getting passed the talking..."I am afraid that this post is more of a rant but I hope it contains some nuggets of useful information for you. One of the most common questions Im asked by people thinkin...
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PR Tips for Startups

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th November 2012
OK, so its safe to assume that if you are a startup you don't have shed-loads of money to spend on a snazzy professional PR campaign.  However, there are ways and means of getting the message out there about your business, about promoting it without spending a fortune and one of the best of those is by being astute and clever with your PR. Like everything in business, getting it right ta...
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