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I'd just like to say...

It’s been another memorable year for the Start Up Donut and its sister sites (Marketing, Law, IT and Tax). Time certainly flies. I can’t believe it’s little more than three years since we set out on this road aiming to create genuinely groundbreaking and inspiring websites packed with...

Date: 22 December, 2011   By: Mark Williams

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15 Things you could have learnt from our blogs in 2011

This year the Start Up Donut has published the best part of 200 blogs. Many thanks to everyone who has produced content – we appreciate your willingness to share you knowledge, experience and opinions and look forward to receiving more in 2012. A bewildering array of topics have been covered on...

Date: 22 December, 2011   By: Mark Williams

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Could a January sale give your business the perfect start to 2012?

As consumers, often we see January sales as a way for retailers to clear stock. If you run a business that doesn’t hold stock – be it a craft business where you make everything to order or a service based business where you sell your time – it’s easy to dismiss sales as not being...

Date: 21 December, 2011   By: Fiona Humberstone

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13 Things you need to know about being a sole trader

According to the government, three-quarters of all British businesses are sole traders, which amounts to about 3.6m businesses out of some 4.8m firms. Sole traders (aka the “self-employed”) drive the UK economy.

Date: 20 December, 2011   By: Mark Williams

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Powerful e-commerce: creating a great customer experience

This topic is all about getting the basics right. You’d be surprised at how many businesses don’t and all the clever search engine optimisation tricks in the world will be futile if you can’t get these basics right.

Date: 19 December, 2011   By: Fiona Humberstone

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How to start up an ecommerce business for a few quid

I’ve been running my online ecommerce site for ten years and have invested enormous amounts of time, effort and hard-earned cash into the website and software needed to run it.

Date: 16 December, 2011   By: John Sollars

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Accepting credit card payments on your mobile phone

As a business-owner who is always on the go, if you want to conduct business while on the road you have to find the best credit card processing services provider. Then you will be able to make transactions and complete sales even when you’re away from your premises or office.

Date: 15 December, 2011   By: shannon

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Young Apprentice: The final

With the firing of four candidates last week we are suddenly here — the final. It’s James “bull in a china shop” McCullagh versus Zara “cool, calm and collected” Brownless.

Date: 13 December, 2011   By: Rachel Miller