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Start up security, getting the essentials right

Date: 30 June 2022

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Key considerations for superior business security

Date: 30 June 2022

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Comparing enterprise data storage infrastructure

Date: 28 June 2022

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A starter guide to secure ecommerce payment processing

If you want to trade online, your ecommerce site will need to be able to accept online payments. Discover the options and considerations you need to take into account.

Date: 24 May 2022 By:

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SEO audits: why are they so important to your business?

If you're wondering why your website is not performing as well as anticipated, you should carry out an SEO audit. Find out how and why.

Date: 4 May 2022 By:

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Do you need a solicitor when starting a business?

When starting a business, a solicitor might feel like an expensive luxury. Failure to work with a solicitor could be even more expensive if you don't form your business correctly or protect your IP.

Date: 26 April 2022 By:

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How does a virtual office work and how to get started

Setting up a virtual office, forming a UK company and establishing remote working can be cheap and straightforward. Find out how.

Date: 20 April 2022 By:

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The benefits of on-demand delivery

On-demand delivery has soared in popularity as ecommerce retail has grown. Discover the benefits of ODD to businesses, couriers and customers.

Date: 13 April 2022 By:

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Survey reveals small business concerns for year ahead

Donut users share their views on the key challenges for the year ahead and tell us how they survived the pandemic in our December 2021 survey.

Date: 8 March 2022 By:

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Revealed: your favourite content of 2021

The most popular small business content on the Donut websites from 2021, including SME finance, start-up guides and business blogs

Date: 17 December 2021 By:

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The pros and cons of an employee ownership scheme

Could employee ownership be the answer to your recruitment woes? We look at the pros and cons of employee ownership for start up businesses.

Date: 9 December 2021 By:

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Can you start a business while you are travelling?

We are increasingly used to working remotely these days, but can you run a business while you are travelling the world? Holidu argue that you can and start their four top tips.

Date: 8 November 2021 By:

Virtual tech support
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How virtual tech support can boost your start up business

Using virtual and remote staff is an increasingly popular solution for small businesses that need access to technical skills. Discover how a virtual chief technology officer can help your business grow.

Date: 19 October 2021 By:

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Should your start up join an incubator programme?

If you want to give your start up the best chances of success, you could join an incubator programme but what are they, how do they work and are they right for you? We answer your questions.

Date: 12 August 2021 By:

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Creating a viable online business

Thousands of entrepreneurs start an online business every year but half fail within five years. Find out how to create a viable online business.

Date: 22 July 2021 By:

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Common shipping concerns and how to solve them

With the explosion of ecommerce, shipping has become a pressing issue for many small businesses. Solve the three most common problems when shipping your goods via a courier.

Date: 24 June 2021 By:

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Making money online: when your hobby becomes taxable income

What are your obligations when your hobby becomes a source of income? Learn how much you can earn before tax is payable and how to pay.

Date: 22 June 2021 By:

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What to consider when taking on a co-founder

Taking on a co-founder can add new skills and experience to your team. Discover what you should look for to ensure you find the right person.

Date: 11 May 2021 By:

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What business insurance do I need for a limited company?

Business insurance overview for new businesses. Discover which insurance coverage you may require when starting up.

Date: 7 May 2021 By:

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First steps to self employment

Many dream of becoming their own boss but worry that the process will be tricky. We share five steps to becoming self-employed.

Date: 26 April 2021 By:

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