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Running a small business is a lot of work – even when your business is small. You tend to wear a lot of hats and spend a lot of time trying to stay ahead of the game. These ten tips will help you keep your business running smoothly without being completely overwhelming. Keep your day job  The instinct to quit your day job as soon as you start a new business is strong–but if you can do both, hold onto your day job as long as you can. This gives you a steady cash flow for your living expenses and can support your new business. Stick to your niche  Small

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We came across this blog by Eoin Dixon Murphy and we thought it was great! Eoin has kindly allowed us to share it on Startups.ie – Link to Eoin’s site and original blog at the end – Enjoy! This day, 5 years ago, I sat down at an empty desk in a small office with the plan of starting my own business. I had no idea what I was doing but I knew that for as long as I could remember I’d always wanted to build a company and be my own boss. April 4th, 2014 marked my first official day as an entrepreneur, and it’s been an amazing journey

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Howdy All, Many thanks to everyone who has been in touch inquiring about the 2019 National Startup Awards..We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Awards will take place in October this year in conjunction with Startup Week Dublin. There will be a whole series of talks, meetups & events taking place during what is going to be an amazing week! You can register your interest in the 2019 National Startup Awards now on www.Startupawards.ie Once you have registered we will notify you when applications are open.. We are as ever excited to see and meet all of you incredible Startups this year and are looking forward to another amazing

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Introducing Stampify – A new Social Initiative on a serious mission to help fight world hunger About Stampify Stampify is a social initiative that allows users to donate meals to help fight world hunger by completing a Stampify loyalty card with loyalty stamps from partner businesses. Our goal is to work with businesses – whether it be coffee shops, restaurants, and other types of businesses – to create a sustainable solution to the world’s food poverty problem. Story Behind Stampify Stampify is an idea founded upon Conor Leen’s (CEO) experience one evening on the way home from work and when he received a free meal from a burrito shop with

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Jamie White, winner of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur in Dublin for 2014 and 2015, has announced the return of The Fresh Resolutions conference alongside The Happy Pear. Fresh Resolutions, taking place on the 5th of January in Dublin Castle, is an annual coming together of Ireland’s leading experts in the areas of health, wellness, and personal development –  equipping Irish professionals with all they need to get started on their personal goals for 2019. The Happy Pear twins, David and Stephen Flynn, are renowned chefs, social media stars and authors of international bestselling and award-winning cookbooks. They will be providing complimentary food throughout the day as well as giving a

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by Marcella Clarke Useful tips as to why you should register your brand name as a trade mark? 1. Is your brand name available? Before you launch your business or product it is wise to check no one else is using it or has registered it as a trade mark. As a registered trade mark expert, I can perform an availability search and identify any obstacles your brand might face. 2. Is your brand name strong enough? It is always easier to register a trade mark that is distinctive, memorable, easy to pronounce and emotionally appealing. Stand out from the crowd. A strong name makes it easier to stop other

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We are delighted and excited to announce the launch of our new Startup consultancy service called Quick Start.. Every week we are contacted by people from all over the country with new ideas who don’t know where to start or Entrepreneurs with businesses issues that they need help with.. QuickStart is designed to provide independent professional advice to help Startups get going or get around the current issues that they are facing – Email info@Startups.ie to inquire and find out more on www.Quickstart.ie About Quick Start & The STEP Program ​The Quick Start & STEP programs were created to help Irish Startups evaluate their business ideas quickly – we provide an independent

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A lot of the necessary decisions will have already been made by the time you decide to go self-employed. You will know what sector you’re operating in, who your potential customers are and your business name. Here we provide a couple of tips for business startups that might not be so obvious. WHAT’S IN A NAME? You may have already chosen your business name, and hopefully it’s easy to say, memorable, and tells your customers what you do. Most businesses now have an online presence, which makes your name far more important. Businesses have a far greater reach than they once did. Your name will become a central part of your brand,

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How to Brief a Marketing Agency or Consultant When you reach out to an agency for help on a specific project they will ask you to supply them with a brief that they can analyse. Without this, it will be difficult for them to send you a detailed proposal that matches what you are looking for. Often, most small to medium-sized businesses do not have a briefing document “template” ready and waiting for you to use. So, what do you do? How do you go about drafting one? And where do you start? I have been in this situation in the early years of my career and I remember feeling helpless

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You know what you know – but you don’t know what you don’t know! So, employ a person to do the job and let them get on with it. When you start out it is not easy knowing when to hire someone to work for you when you are used to doing everything yourself. But, this can be an excellent way to expand your business. You know what you know, but you cannot know everything or do it all yourself. There comes a point where you need to hire someone to help and trust them to get on with it. Employing someone can be a tough job. If you hire

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