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Seek and you shall find

While many aspiring entrepreneurs are looking to set up lifestyle businesses, I suspect many readers of this column have ambitions towards something much more substantial, especially those looking to make the leap from corporate life.

Date: 30 August 2011   By: Mike Southon

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Secret diary of a mumpreneur

So, to start off with, a little bit about myself... I’m one half of a dynamic duo that has set up our own little “business-ette”. I can’t call it a “business” because that’s the first rule of being a mumpreneur – we don’t run a business, we have a little ...

Date: 25 August 2011   By: Anonymous

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The dark side of mentoring

This autumn I will be delivering some events focused on mentoring, aimed at aspiring entrepreneurs and those who would like to help them.

Date: 23 August 2011   By: Mike Southon

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How to make an insurance claim

It’s a situation every small-business owner dreads. You arrive at your premises one morning to find the lock hanging off the door and a couple of windows in pieces, on the pavement. A quick scan inside reveals gaps where your PCs and other items used to be; files and bits of paperwork are strew...

Date: 23 August 2011   By: Nick Green

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My appearance on Dragons’ Den

Start up Donut regulars might already have read about my business, Rico Mexican Kitchen. A while ago, on this very website, it featured in blogs that charted some of the early challenges I faced as I worked hard to get my new business off the ground.

Date: 22 August 2011   By: Marcela Flores Newburn

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Clear invoices

The fundamentals of business are very simple. The main reason businesses go broke is that they run out of money, and one of the biggest contributing factor is the value of their unpaid invoices.

Date: 19 August 2011   By: Mike Southon

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Three start-up books you should read

Books written by other entrepreneurs about their own experiences are some of the many sources of advice and inspiration for people considering starting their own business. Go into most bookstores and the business section is enormous. So how do you pick out books that are worth looking at?  Unders...

Date: 17 August 2011   By: Matt Bird

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Why SMEs are key to the UK's economic recovery

Business insurance provider SimplyBusiness has created an infographic based on recently published Office for National Statistics data that shows just how important SMEs (small and medium-sized businesses) are to the UK economy.

Date: 12 August 2011   By: Jason Stockwood