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5 Reasons Your Business Plan Won’t Get Funded
Friday, 31 Oct, 2014 – 12:29 | Comments Off

  You might have read that it’s difficult to get cash for your business. But the truth is that it’s always been difficult to get cash for your business. Investors, banks, friends and family, aren’t just going to let you throw away their money away. I’ve put together these tips to show you the most […]

7 Reasons You Need A Business Plan
Sunday, 16 Jun, 2013 – 19:24 | Comments Off
7 Reasons You Need A Business Plan

“Planning is an unnatural process; it is much more fun to do something. The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.” (Sir John Harvey-Jones) Many entrepreneurs and business owners hear the term business plan and begin to get […]

Why Instagram’s sale to Facebook is bad news for startups
Monday, 21 May, 2012 – 6:00 | 5 Comments

On April 9th 2012 Facebook announced that it would acquire Instagram for $1bn. An impressive sum for a company less than 2 years old and with fewer than a dozen employees. An even more impressive sum when you realise that Instagram had no clear revenue plan. According to some reports Instagram co founder and CEO […]

10 Days To Start Up: Day 10 – Trading
Tuesday, 20 Sep, 2011 – 6:00 | 2 Comments
10 Days To Start Up: Day 10 – Trading

So you’ve come this far, you’ve done all the hard work, had the signs made and erected, unpacked the stock and placed it on the shelves, but now is not the time to take your foot off the peddle.  The day the doors open and you start trading. Whether you’re a virtual business or a […]

10 Days to Start Up: Day 9 – Executing Your Plan
Tuesday, 30 Aug, 2011 – 6:00 | 2 Comments
10 Days to Start Up: Day 9 – Executing Your Plan

On Day 7 we talked about how to create a Marketing Plan. In today’s post we talk about how to execute it. Contrary to popular opinion, marketing is an activity which starts before the business starts trading. The idea is to create excitement prior to your business launch, so that on launch day you start […]

10 Days to Start Up: Day 8 – Creating an Advisory Board
Tuesday, 23 Aug, 2011 – 6:00 | 2 Comments
10 Days to Start Up: Day 8 – Creating an Advisory Board

This is the eighth part of the 10 Days to Start Up series. In case you missed the previous articles in the series you can catch up here. In this post we are going to talk about  creating an Advisory Board. Even if you’re a one person start up, you can’t do it all yourself […]

10 Days to Start Up: Day 7- Marketing
Tuesday, 16 Aug, 2011 – 6:00 | 14 Comments
10 Days to Start Up: Day 7- Marketing

This is the seventh part of the 10 days to starting a business series. In case you missed the earlier articles in the series you can catch up here. Today we’re going to focus on Marketing, the essential ingredient to letting people know that you’re open and ready for business. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve […]

10 Days to Start Up: Day 6 – Financing your startup
Tuesday, 2 Aug, 2011 – 6:00 | Comments Off
10 Days to Start Up: Day 6 – Financing your startup

This is the sixth part of the 10 days to starting a business series. In case you missed the earlier articles in the series you can catch up here. In today’s article we’re going to focus on financing your startup beyond the usual maxing out your credit cards, loans from friends and family or remortgaging […]