One of the best strategies for succeeding in the world of online startups is by starting small (or lean, which is the fashionable team at the moment. But I use the word small. It’s straightforward and it doesn’t remind me of dieting).
When it comes to launching your website, small is the way to go. In this post, I’ll outline my top tips for helping you do that, and help you to avoid the stress that comes from trying to launch any new website. (more…)
In the second of my series interviewing female entrepreneurs who’ve taken that big step of starting their own business, I spoke to Ellie, Director of http://www.exhibitionplinths.co.uk. Ellie also has a blog at http://www.ellieentrepreneur.com talking about her journey to self-employment. You can also find Ellie on twitter as @EllieExhibition, and she has a list on there (inspiration) outlining the seminars and workshops she attends.
If you are thinking about doing paid advertising, you are probably considering how to design your ad. So let me ask you a question: are you designing it to look beautiful? Or are you designing it to work for you?
I love fashion and lifestyle magazines. Whenever I travel, I’ll buy two or three at the station or airport to keep me occupied for the journey. And if you flip through any of these magazines you’ll see some stunning ads full of beautiful models, gorgeous locations and elegant typeface.
So it is tempting to create ads that showcase beautiful design, your stunning logo, and inspiring images. But before you do so, read this article. I will explain why beauty isn’t everything when it comes to advertising online.
One of the best things you can do to grow your business is to form a network online with other business women. I’m part of one, and it’s probably helped to grow my business more than anything else. On top of that, having peers to talk to about your fears, hopes and dreams is something that is invaluable during moments in your business where things do seem difficult or challenging.
If you are currently writing a budget for your startup and wondering how much a website will cost you, here is some data for you. I have broken it down into the three most common options available to new startups.
It’s worth noting: this is based on my own previous experience working in agencies and drafting quotes for new clients.. Hopefully, a behind-the-scenes glance into how these things are calculated will arm you with a bit of knowledge before you approach your own shortlisted suppliers.
SEO seems pretty technical and overwhelming sometimes, doesn’t it? Have you every browsed around SEO blogs and videos and thought: wow, this is pretty complicated. I’m really going to have to pay someone to do that for me.
I decided I wanted to recruit a specialist SEO company, and I was ready to sign the contract when a little voice in my head told me not do. I just thought to myself: you know, it can’t be that difficult. Other people have figured it out. Let’s try a few things and see what happens.
In the first of my series talking to women who have started their own business, I interviewed Lisa from http://www.sparkleandcharm.co.uk. Sparkle and Charm was established in February 2013. Lisa designs and handcrafts her own jewellery and accessories for adults and children. All items are made to order and can be adapted and personalised for each customer.
I wanted to find out a little bit more about what inspired Lisa and what advice she would give to other women planning to start their own business. Here is what she said:
Getting an idea for a business opportunity or turning your hobby into a success can be an exciting adventure to embark on. It takes a lot of work and dedication to get you to where you need to be, but once your business is created and generating sales you only want to enhance the performance of it, am I right? So I thought I would share with you some of the best ways you could do that to move your business forward.
Every business has them and every business owner wishes they didn’t. Your overheads are crucial to keeping the business running, but it’s all too easy to watch them become a major liability, instead. Overheads and costs that get out of control have ruined more than one business. Here, we’re going to take a look at how you ensure you always have a grasp over the running costs of the business, how you trim them down, and tools you can use to keep you afloat when they start getting out of control.
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