Business Planning Top Tips for Startups

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Investor readiness is the process of getting your business to the point that equity investors are willing to invest in your business. Attracting equity investors requires an accurate understanding of what the investor is looking for and how the venture will be perceived along those dimensions. This is where the business plan is key. Read on for some business planning top tips for startups as well as details of InterTradeIreland's 2019 Seedcorn competition:

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3 Key Tasks That Small Businesses Can Outsource Easily

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Running a small business takes a great deal of finesse. It’s a job that can be stressful and time consuming, but outsourcing can relieve some of the pains of management. Outsourcing is a much better option than overpaying a full-time employee for tasks that don’t require in-house attention. Here are 3 key tasks that small businesses can outsource easily:

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Business Achievers: Karen O'Reilly and Employmum

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Our latest Business Achiever is Karen O'Reilly and Employmum. We asked Karen to tell us a little bit about her recruitment-focussed business and about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Karen O'Reilly and Employmum.

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Gaining Momentum: Jennifer Rock, The Skin Nerd

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In the latest in our series of briefings with influential Irish business leaders we feature Jennifer Rock, founder and CEO of online skin consultancy The Skin Nerd.

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The 10 Key Stages of Product Design

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The goal of the product design process is essentially to deliver better product solutions to market, helping establish and grow business, while delivering useful gains to the end user, be that functional or emotional engagement to a product that exceeds their expectations. Here are the 10 key stages of product design:

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Follow The Leader: Jo Davey, Absolute Nutrition

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Our series of interviews with inspirational business leaders takes on a family flavour this month as we speak to Jo Davey, founder of Absolute Nutrition.

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Great to hear your story Jo and the ingredients of your success - from passion to business !
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Tips For Choosing Your First Office

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Choosing your first office is exciting. Your office is your base of operations. Whether you have been working out of your home or are simply a budding entrepreneur who is ready for a first office, how you choose can make all the difference in the world. The wrong office space can hinder your productive just as the right space can make your productivity soar. Here are tips for choosing your first office to make sure it's the right one:

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4 Things That Can Help SMEs Plan Their International Expansion

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Running an SME certainly brings along both the rewards as well as the challenges. When you trade in a relatively small market or in some business sectors however, due to market saturation, it does become difficult for businesses to find new customers and consequently grow their revenue. Therefore, targeting foreign markets and expanding internationally can be a way of growing your business. Here are 4 things that can help SMEs plan their international expansion:

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Mind Mapping for Innovative Entrepreneurs

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Any entrepreneur is faced with the difficult task expanding. Rather than maintaining a flat level of growth, an entrepreneur must propel a company on a new trajectory, reinvent the framework so that it does more. Innovation is one way of growing your business and mind mapping can be very helpful to come up with new ideas:

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Developing a Business Growth Strategy from Consumer Research

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Only half of startups survive more than five years, and only a third make it to ten years. To ensure sustainability of business, you must create growth strategies. A tangible plan is a defining factor that determines whether you will create growth or devalue the business. A business growth strategy should integrate consumer research to capitalise on market opportunities and keep a pulse on their market dynamics. Here are tips on developing a business growth strategy from consumer research:

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5 Ways to Manage Growth Of Your Small Business to Avoid Growing Pains

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Small business owners spend a lot of time thinking about how to make their business grow, but they are often not prepared when that growth happens. Scaling a small business to grow will require you to rethink how you operate. If you want to keep growing in a sustainable way, then you need to learn how to manage it. Here are few ways you can manage growth of your small business and keep your company running smoothly (and avoid growing pains!):

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6 Effective Business Practices To Implement Today

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Successful businesses are dynamic. They take the best tips of the trade and experiment with them as needed. Getting too comfortable with where your business is at means that the business model will most likely fail over time. Interests change, technologies advance, and clients often move on to the next best thing. The best way to avoid this is to employ some prime business techniques that will ensure that your company stays on top (or makes itself there if it isn’t already). Here are 6 effective business practices to implement today:


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Leadership, Strategy, and Culture: The Holy Trinity of Modern Business

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There are three elements that define the ability of an organisation in its field to offer its employees the best in skill-acquisition, industry-specific education, and ongoing learning, as well as opportunities for employees to exhibit their strengths and apply themselves immediately. Nurturing these elements will ensure that employees are engaged, have a clear role and purpose in your organisation, and believe wholeheartedly in the mission and direction that your company is headed in. Leadership, strategy and culture: the holy trinity of modern business:

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You Could Grow Your Business Through Franchising

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Have you been looking at ways of growing your business? Have you considered franchising as a growth option? This article explores the concept of growing your established business through Franchising.

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Gaining Momentum: Sonia Deasy, Pestle & Mortar

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The latest in our series of briefings with influential Irish business leaders features Sonia Deasy, co-founder and CEO of skincare firm Pestle & Mortar.

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6 Must-Have Applications for Small Business Owners

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Staying on the cutting edge of technology is important for any business trying to compete in today’s marketplace. Failing to follow tech trends can put your company at a great disadvantage. With all of the different apps designed for small businesses and their employees, choosing the right one can be a bit challenging. Taking the time to weigh all of the app options you have is essential when trying to make this important decision. Here are 6 must-have applications for small business owners to help you decide:

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Key Things That Prospective Franchisees Should Consider

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Are you keen to run your own business? Have you been considering becoming a franchisee? Here are some key things to consider if becoming a franchisee is of interest to you.

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Top Tips for Creating a Successful Business Plan

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Constantly updating your business plan can help your organisation survive – and thrive. “Fail to plan and you plan to fail” is more than just an old adage – in business, it’s a fact. According to the Harvard Business Review, start-ups built on a formal business plan are 16% more likely to survive – while research from the University of Oregon, 20% of new businesses with plans in place are more likely to enjoy growth and almost twice as likely to attract investors. Here are top tips for creating a successful business plan:

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A Guide to Supports for Women in Business in Ireland

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In 2017, an estimated 9,800 women became new business owners in Ireland (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Entrepreneurship in Ireland 2017). That might sound like a healthy number, but there is still some way to go before women can achieve entrepreneurial parity with men. According to the Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs (MIWE) 2018, just one in five of all entrepreneurs in the country are female, and only 10% of women say they would like to start and run a business in the next three years. Here's a guide to the supports that are available for women in business in Ireland:

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Leadership In Business: What Makes People Gravitate To Others?

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Being a business owner or manager doesn't always make you a person others want to be around. Certain individuals have traits that make them stronger and more qualified for leadership roles than others. They have qualities that unify that workplace, keep morale high, and increase productivity. Here are some traits that great leaders have that make people gravitate towards them:

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