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The Startup Series

This 12-part video series with startup owners will give you a run down of the things you'll need to succeed in a new venture.

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Get your startup online 

Find out ways to develop a professional online presence at low cost through blogging, online marketplaces and more.

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Come up with a business idea

The first thing you need to get started in business is an idea. Start by asking three simple questions.

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Top startup success tips

One of the most effective ways to build a startup is to learn from those who have already experienced what you’re going through.

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Write a business plan

Here's a simple business plan template to guide your business from start to growth, and get investors onboard.

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How to start a business in six steps

There’s no magic wand to instantly turn your dream into a reality, but you can take steps to build a framework for success. 

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Exclusive: The Startup Kit 

We teamed up with Enterprise Nation to give you the essential step-by-step guide to building a thriving business. 

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Why shared workspaces are best

Shared workspaces introduce startups to a community of like-minded individuals, as well as providing a physical office. Is it right for you?

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Make some noise with PR

Learn simple things you can do, like writing a press release, to raise your profile and get known to the press.

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7 ways to generate referrals

Find out how to structure your marketing and networking to generate new business from referrals. 

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Expand your business with ecommerce

If you’re not using ecommerce to reach new customers, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity. Here are some tips to get started.

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How to hire your first employee

Being an employer can be challenging, but it’s impossible to grow your business without getting others involved.

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How to start on social media

Read ten things you must think about before getting your startup on social media and marketing your business.

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How to use email marketing

Find out how starting and keeping up email conversations can help you grow sales and build loyalty. 

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Accounting for startup growth

It's easy to get lost in the day-to-day of running business. Here's how to live the dream and keep a strong grip on your finances.

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How to make your first sales

If you don't have direct selling experience, follow our simple five-step checklist to make your first sale.

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Basics of crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a way to raise money for your business, giving you access to potential investors. Find out how it works.

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Run your business on the move

Thanks to mobile technology and new working practices, more and more startups are working on the move. Find out how.

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VAT for startups

VAT needn't be taxing. Get the lowdown on registering for, accounting for and paying VAT for your startup.

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Invoicing tips for small businesses

From delayed growth to bankruptcy, not getting paid on time can seriously hurt your business. Here are tips to help you get paid.

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Manage the money

Learn why keeping the finances in check and the books up to date is vital to keep your business alive.

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Home productivity tips for startups

Working from home has never been easier. Here are some tips to ensure you stay productive and effective wherever you work. 

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Best free and low-cost apps

We’ve rounded up some of the most useful cloud-based apps for productivity and business.

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