Col Minessota6 months ago

Need advice on why to start your own business from home? Startups outlines the advantages and disadvantages of starting a home-based business. Providing you with the best tips on small businesses, and advice in order to determine if starting a home business is for you.

Mary5 months ago

suitontherun said: ↑ Useful post Clive. Thank you for contributing. I'm curious what your thoughts are on the emerging trend in the tech / vc / university space of creating a shorter business 'Canvas' rather than a traditional business plan. The basis of argument is that startups change direction, or if well directed, should be changing direction as they develop. To be honest, I'm on the fence with this one. I quite like the format of the traditional business plan but interesting how recently I was asked by investors for a canvas after presenting a business plan. What you reckon sir?Click to expand... I've not used a business plan yet for my business as I haven't really had a need for it yet, althought, in the new year, it's likely I'll be forming some form of strategy. I have used business model canvas to help guide the business in its early stages until things settle and I love its flexibility.  

petHead4 months ago

Osborne's controversial dividend 'tax allowance' comes into effect from April 6. Startups finds out why many entrepreneurs aren't happy with the reform…

FordOwner4 months ago

Launched by Startups.co.uk in partnership with Worth Capital, The Start-Up Series is a series of monthly competitions.

Corrie19994 months ago

For startups with low budget, i recommend WordPress + Woocommerce. Developer for this are far more affordable than any other platform like Magento. This is the best CMS out there and very user friendly too. Give it a try. Great information by the way!  

Bri19874 months ago

With the price of desk and office space forever on the increase, Your Business Community (YBC) has launched 'YBC Hub' - a co-working space aimed at helping start ups, the self employed and micro businesses create a physical base. In co-operation with the Elysium Foundation charity, Quay House in Canary Wharf will have a capacity of supporting circa 300 startups and entrepreneurs, providing hot desks, permanent desks and offices, meeting rooms and training/educational facilities. Ted Wigzell, Director of Your Business Community commented "starting and running your own business can be a lonely job and working from home may not always be suitable. YBC Hub brings casual and permanent space with extensive facilities to the growing number of start ups" He added "It will also allow people at all stages of their business journey to join part of a community allowing knowledge and experience to be shared for mutual benefit. Premium Members of Your Business Community will also get preferential rates for their space." A spokesperson for Elysium Foundation added "London is the centre of entrepreneurial growth in the UK and with the dramatic rise in the cost of office space, with areas like Shoreditch now out of the reach of tech startups. With this in mind, working with Your Business Community, we are creating 'Silicon Quay', which will be a viable alternative location, where things like connectivity are not an issue!" YBC Hub will also be the home of the YBC Academy, a project aimed at helping young entrepreneurs in school and further education start and grow their own business. Running an ongoing series of training, educational and experiential projects, YBC will allow these rising stars to get the foundation any start up needs. Both Silicon Quay and YBC Hub opens its doors to members on 4th January 2016. For further information, please visit www.yourbusinesscommunity.co.uk/hub  

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Online background checking platform Onfido has been crowned Sage Startups Business of the Year, taking home the overall prize at the Startups Awards 2016. 52 of the UK’s most exciting start-ups were selected as finalists in the prestigious annual competition, […]

Gary19964 months ago

Just two months after they were crowned among the UK’s top 100 start-ups of 2016 in the Startups 100 index, burgeoning businesses WeFarm and Live Better With have announced major award wins and growth milestones…

Pete_W4 months ago

This is not the second, not even the third, but the fourth appearance for trade industry administration platform Powered Now in the Startups 100. We just can’t get enough of it.

Red4 months ago

What’s involved when buying a franchise? Startups takes a look at franchise costs, how to get franchise loans and other franchise tips to help you when starting a franchise in the UK.

Matchmaker14 months ago

Startups 100 2015-featured Smith & Sinclair originally created its unique range of cocktail pastilles as a social ‘ice-breaker’, to encourage attendees at an adult dating event to lose their inhibitions. After selling 20,000 pastilles four days after the website launch, Young Entrepreneur Melanie Goldsmith and Emile Bernard realised they were onto something – by the end of the year, they’d sold 200,000.

Fireboy4 months ago

Find out what e-commerce is, and how you can effectively use an online website to sell your products or services. Startups provides step-by-step guides for creating online businesses and optimising them to full potential.

MechExp4 months ago

This week, Startups.co.uk editor Lucy Wayment has been at the world famous 4YFN conference in Barcelona (the start-up focused sister of the Mobile World Congress). In this post from a panel discussion on corporate accelerators, she hears what they can really do for your start-up…

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Outsourcing is a great way for startups to reduce costs! I personally provide back end office support and I know many of my clients do not want the pressure of having to pay a full time member of staff each month. Starting a business can be stressful enough and outsourcing allows companies to grow but without the stresses of having to pay for a full time member of staff.  

Pete_W4 months ago

>Matthew Panzarino has been a retail jockey, founded a professional photography business and a news blog covering the Apple ecosystem. He has served as News Editor and Managing Editor at The Next Web and is now Editor-In-Chief at TechCrunch. He has made a name for himself in the tech media world as a writer and editor, relentlessly covering Apple and Twitter, in addition to a broad range of startups in the fields of robotics, computer vision, AI, fashion, VR, AR and more. Contact Matthew at matthew@techcrunch.com PGP Key: https://keybase.io/panzer

Gary19964 months ago

Looking to start a business this year? Startups.co.uk unveils 16 hot business ideas that could help you turn your dream of starting a business into a reality...…

Pete_W4 months ago

A little late to the party as usual, but my 2 cents. From what I've seen in recent years, the best crowdfunders are those projects or businesses that provide an end product. A problem for startups is that, due to some unscrupulous individuals (look up Coleco Chameleon for one), these types of crowdfunding sites generally require some kind of prototype to be ready before a campaign is accepted. Crowdfunding on these sites (e.g. Kickstarter) become a way of allowing pre-orders for products months before they're completed. The money is then supposed to cover the cost of these pre-orders and completing the product development. Equity crowdfunding does seem to me to be somewhat harder. You need to be able to convince investors that your idea is a good one and, as Lisa said, is new and exciting. Another problem I've noticed is that you don't see many new businesses being funded in this way. They tend to be businesses that, although they may be classed as startups, have been going for a while and need money for expansion or a new product launch. It's certainly understandable from an investor's point of view, if a little frustrating for first-time entrepreneurs.  

petHead4 months ago

>We have our members to thank for that. Today our membership embraces hundreds of organisations and thousands of digital professionals, spanning startups to multi-national agencies and brands. Regional reps are delivering benefit to BIMA members in digital hubs across the country and our impressive executive board is guiding strategy and growth. Our new brand identity reflects the organisation that we have become: bold, open and impactful. Our new mark acts as a responsive framing device, bringing focus to the three pillars of activity that underpin everything we do: championing, connecting and developing the British digital industry.

Matchmaker14 months ago

Need to know exactly how to set yourself up to be a freelancer? There is certain business, tax and registry information that is key to becoming a sole trader. Startups has built a step-by-step guide so that you are aware of what actions need to be taken when starting your own business, and advice on familiarising yourself with the business ‘lingo’.

Porker4 months ago

Startups.co.uk has a guide about starting your own business that could give you idea of the logistics.

Fireboy4 months ago

class="anim" data-anim="fadeInUp">Invest in extraordinary potential. Discover and invest in the UK’s best female-led businesses, from startups to established companies.

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Pepipost provides a cloud-based transactional email delivery infrastructure which is reliable, scalable, secure and easy-to-use, but at a very disruptive pricing model. We help startups and brands to engage with their customers at the right moment with the right content over emails.

FordOwner4 months ago

Security essentials for small businesses, startups, and personal sites. $3.50 monthly or just $39 per year. Get Started

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Useful post Clive. Thank you for contributing. I'm curious what your thoughts are on the emerging trend in the tech / vc / university space of creating a shorter business 'Canvas' rather than a traditional business plan. The basis of argument is that startups change direction, or if well directed, should be changing direction as they develop. To be honest, I'm on the fence with this one. I quite like the format of the traditional business plan but interesting how recently I was asked by investors for a canvas after presenting a business plan. What you reckon sir?  

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Take a look at our Startups Awards winners from the last 10 years…

FordOwner4 months ago

The funding, which the company intends to use for tooling, accreditation and its initial production run, reinforces Startups.co.uk’s guide for what businesses to start in 2015 with bike safety accessories one of the hottest trends this year.

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Third time’s a charm for The iOutlet as it makes its third consecutive appearance in the esteemed Startups 100 index. Launched in 2013, young founders Liam James and Matthew Green have turned a relatively simple concept into a multi-million pound company with growth on the ascent.

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Returning for the second year in a row is Startups 100 2015 company Yoyo Wallet. Founders Alain Falys and Michael Rolph are aiming to finally realise the full potential of mobile as a means of payment – a format that has seen a rocky road to mass market use.

Gary19964 months ago

Forget voucher code sites, this new business says its solution can automatically find you the best deals on the web. Startups' takes a closer look...…

FordOwner4 months ago

Held near Liverpool Street and starting at 5.15pm. For pre-start, startups and growth stage businesses please use the code "startup" for free entry to this business networking event with a short talk on evaluating business models and preparing for investment. http://mahaccountant.eventbrite.co.uk/ Thanks.  

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

To make your awards ceremony evening even more special we have one of the best MCs (and Young Gun alumni) Oli Barrett to host the Startups Awards.Barrett is co-founder

Bri19874 months ago

With our fantastic 2016 Startups 100 list now published, here at Startups Towers we’re on the lookout for potential companies for our 2017 list.

Mary4 months ago

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Virtual offices – should you consider one for your home based business? Startups takes a look at virtual offices and offers top tips when using virtual office services.

Corrie19994 months ago

Two weeks after their inclusion in the Startups 100 2016 – the prestigious index of the UK’s most innovative and promising new businesses – Zipjet and Vrumi have put major expansion plans into motion.

Fireboy4 months ago

In this section Startups has provided you with a number of different tools and software to help you with starting your own business. These tools provide a quick and simple way for you as a small business owner, to work out your cash flow and costs for your start-up business plan.

Mary4 months ago

Low-fee gym business The Gym Group, featured in the 2010 Startups 100, has announced it is to partner with competitor firm Pure Gym to become a single nationwide gym operator.

petHead4 months ago

Crowdfunding is an alternative way of raising finance for your start-up. With crowdfunding, members of the public can pool their resources to help you hit your fundraising target, investing anything from £10 each either in exchange for equity or rewards. Read about all the latest crowdfunding deals here, along with information on how crowdfunding works and top tips for success. Check out the link in Startups Recommends for our recommended platform for connecting with potential investors to raise finance for your business.

Col Minessota4 months ago

Tens of thousands of votes have been cast. The gap between the top few is very tight! Your Startups Awards 2016 People’s Champion leaderboard is as follows:

Pete_W4 months ago

Social Chain, the social media marketing agency featured in the 12th spot in the Startups 100 2016, has revealed it was behind the viral “Manchester: Welcome to Zlatan” billboard that reached 46 million people worldwide on July 1.

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Every year Startups.co.uk publishes it’s prestigious index of the UK’s top 100 businesses and, if Dragons’ Den is anything to go by, it would seem the dragons would agree with the index’s predictions as two Startups 100-listed companies walked away with investment deals in the latest episode.

Corrie19993 months ago
This topic has been discussed elsewhere
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