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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How to Save Money on Your Startup Transportation Costs

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If your small business ships product or has services that require transport, then you can often find your fuel costs causing a headache. However, there are many ways to keep your transportation costs low throughout the year. Here are some tips to help you save money on your startup transportation costs:

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Start Up Struggles: How to Cut Costs and Improve Efficiency

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When you consider the fact that the majority of business fail in the first five years, cutting costs and improving efficiency should be the mantra of any startup. If you follow sound financial principles, you can turn your business around and start pulling in a profit before your business reaches the dreaded state of no return. Here are some tips for how to cut costs and improve efficiency:

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You Have 30 Seconds or Less for Your Business Plan Executive Summary

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The average reading time for a business plan is 30 seconds and is getting shorter. If your plan or presentation does not capture the imagination in that time frame, you are wasting your time. Next in our Start Up Series: you have 30 seconds or less for your business plan executive summary:

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6 Must-Do Things Before You Start a Business

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Have you been thinking about starting your own business? Maybe you have a good idea and are wondering if you could make a business out of it? Here are 6 must-do things before you start a business:

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Things to Consider When Setting Up a Business From Home

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When starting a business, you might decide to base yourself at home. Many new startups were founded at kitchen tables. But sometimes space, resources, and family can make this difficult for new entrepreneurs. So here are some things to consider when starting a new business from home:

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5 Simple Financial Tips for Startups and First-Time Entrepreneurs

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As an entrepreneur, you’ll have to make hard choices day in and day out. Money choices can be the trickiest when you're not sure exactly what the ROI will be on your decision. Here are five simple financial tips for startups and first-time entrepreneurs that may help you in this regard.

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Five Steps to Convert Your Business to Renewable Energy

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At home, many of us love taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint by actively recycling, decreasing energy consumption and preferring to purchase eco-friendly products. But it is amazing how many businesses owners don’t think to apply the same log...
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Startup Marketing - A Guide for 2018

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Startups are facing a tough competition and difficult business environment from day one and it’s important for them to have a comprehensive marketing strategy in place. This doesn’t always require hiring expensive professionals or having access to hi...
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Creating Brand Identity for Small Business [Infographic]

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You know what they say - Design is the silent ambassador of your brand . Even though saying that the well designed product sells itself might be an exaggeration, design is one of the most important elements of your newly established business. When la...
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6 Frugal Budget Practices for First-time Entrepreneurs

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Running a small business is quite costly and for most enterprises, it takes 6 months to two years until they are fully profitable. In light of this fact, it doesn’t seem at all surprising that 9 out of 10 startups and small businesses never make it p...
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Keeping Intellectual Property Safe

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One of the most important parts of being a startup or small business is developing a solid intellectual property . It can do one of two things: ensure your company has a solid foundation as a product or service or put your company or IP in a position...
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Why I invest in Failing Early Stage Companies

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A few days ago I got upset enough to troll a connection. Okay, it was only a critical comment and not intended to offend, but it annoyed me completely.  Why?   Because of this well-meaning comment. "... call to all AgTech Start-Ups. If you are intere...
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Startups that Overcame Huge Barriers to Become Successful

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Not long ago, Mark Zuckerberg gave a powerful speech to this year's graduating Harvard students. Instead of telling them to find their purpose in life through eureka moments like typical graduation speech, he offered something else: "The idea of a si...
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Lessons Learned Whilst Being a Copywriter for a Fast-Growing Startup

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A balance between quality and quantity is essential while working in a fast-paced startup. As a Bachelor of Public Relations holder, I know the importance of a good copywriter and the impact it can give to readers. Working as a copywriter in a fast-g...
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Sales Theories to Help a Startup Increase Revenue

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Launching a startup can be a truly exhilarating experience. Startup entrepreneurs find themselves in the incredible position of being in charge of guiding their own destiny. Millions of people would love that chance. Few do what is necessary to creat...
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5 Things You Must Do to Ensure a Successful Startup

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Having a business degree is not a requirement when starting your own business. What’s more important is equipping yourself with the knowledge and skills that will keep you current or even ahead of your competition. Do not ever allow yourself to stop ...
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Tips on How to Improve Your Startup’s Sales

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Many founders have a sense of idealism and wish to establish means to attract more consumers, funders, and partners as quickly as possible. However, sometimes they forget to identify themselves as salespersons of their own company, which can lead to ...
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