Getting the optimal domain name for a small business or start-up is often a difficult thing. Start-ups often choose something that looks and sounds quirky and unusual, just to get a shorter domain, especially in the dotCOM space. But businesses need to ask themselves if this is the best approach. It’s generally understood that getting a domain name which reflects your business name is best.
Posted on 22nd May 2015 in Start-ups.
If you don’t have knowledge of financing and don’t already have the available cash to get started, it can be really tough to fund a new business. With small companies struggling to secure bank loans without prior connections, getting the backing of angel investors and venture capitalists is a struggle.
Traditionally, early stage businesses, especially start ups, have struggled to raise finance to support the launch and initial development of their product or service.
Technology makes the world go round. It is nigh-on impossible to run a business without technology and no-one would seriously consider launching a start-up without it. There are all manner of different types of software that are integral to modern business, from accounting systems to customer management software, and collaboration tools to HR platforms, and you would be hard-pressed to see a business that doesn’t deploy one or all of these.
For a long time now Silicon Valley has been seen as the oasis for entrepreneurs in search of success and fortune. The reasons for the migration of the best talent in business to the west coast of the United States of America (USA) only need to be stated to be obvious, from culture to excess capital.
What’s in a name? Well, for a business, it’s everything and nothing all at once. For many, recognition lies in a name that is punchy and easy to remember. For others, their name is irrelevant, and they strive to build their reputation on who they are, the quality of the service or product they provide, and the team behind it.
Posted on 11th May 2015 in Start-ups.
When starting off in business, there is so much you are yet to learn. Even now, after more than 25 years at work, whilst I have achieved many things to be proud of, my career path is still — and always will be — a learning curve.
I thought of Shoptility when I was planning a backpacking trip to Asia and went online and to search for the best places to visit and things to experience. 10 hours later and a dozen cups of coffee I was still trawling through various websites, entering in the same information time and time again. Becoming more and more frustrated, I thought to myself that there must be a better way to find what I was looking for. This is when Shoptility was born.
I recently found myself, unwittingly, at the centre of a debate about what companies should be regarded as a startup. The term startup is used a lot as an overarching description for a whole number of organisations. It seems that for some, a ping pong table, a bit of soft furnishing and a beer fridge are the defining factors. But what actually makes a startup, and can a 13 year old company be one?
Looking back over the last five years, as the Prime Minister’s Enterprise Advisor Lord Young remarked, we are witnessing a ‘golden’ age for start-ups and small firms.
Posted on 23rd April 2015 in Start-ups.
To get going in the morning, the modern office needs more than coffee. It lives on online accounts and the login credentials that come with them. Perhaps you already have unique secure passwords on each of those accounts, in which case you know how much of a pain it is to log in to each one.
Entrepreneurs have been, for centuries, one of the engines behind wealth and job creation. This major contribution originated a common idea that entrepreneurship is good in its own right and in any form. The reality, however, can be rather different. There is good and bad entrepreneurship.
Posted on 14th April 2015 in Start-ups.