10 episodes

Start Up Donut is the UK’s leading online source of free news, know-how and offers for people who are starting their own business or thinking about it. For the first time, Start Up Donut brings its considerable knowledge to a podcast in this first eight-part series.

Leading experts provide top tips and reliable advice on a range of key start-up topics and tasks, including whether to register as a sole trader, partnership or limited company, funding a new business and managing cash flow, branding and marketing, online marketing and selling, and protecting your physical and mental health when starting and running your own business. Actual UK business owners retrace their start-up steps, reveal the key lessons they learned and share their top tips. Not to be missed if you’re thinking of starting your own business.

The first series of this podcast is brought to you thanks to the support of the Federation of Small Businesses.

Start Your Own Business Start Up Donut

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    • 4.9 • 9 Ratings

Start Up Donut is the UK’s leading online source of free news, know-how and offers for people who are starting their own business or thinking about it. For the first time, Start Up Donut brings its considerable knowledge to a podcast in this first eight-part series.

Leading experts provide top tips and reliable advice on a range of key start-up topics and tasks, including whether to register as a sole trader, partnership or limited company, funding a new business and managing cash flow, branding and marketing, online marketing and selling, and protecting your physical and mental health when starting and running your own business. Actual UK business owners retrace their start-up steps, reveal the key lessons they learned and share their top tips. Not to be missed if you’re thinking of starting your own business.

The first series of this podcast is brought to you thanks to the support of the Federation of Small Businesses.

    How to protect your physical and mental health when starting and running a business

    How to protect your physical and mental health when starting and running a business

    Advice on achieving the right work-life balance, managing your time, feeling supported and safeguarding your health and mental wellbeing.
    Running a small business can be highly demanding and working alone can make you feel isolated. In this episode, Christine Husbands joins us to offer tips on how to take better care of yourself, so you and your new business benefits.
    Christine is the managing director of RedArc, which works with the Federation of Small Businesses and other organisations, and provides advice and emotional support to help people to better cope with illness, disability, trauma or bereavement.
    The first series of this podcast is brought to you thanks to the support of the Federation of Small Businesses. Visit www.fsb.org.uk/start to find out how FSB can help your business.
    Visit www.startupdonut.co.uk for more information about starting a business and join our Donut Small Business Collective Facebook group for tips and support from other start-ups and small-business owners.

    • 30 min
    How to set up a successful business that sells online

    How to set up a successful business that sells online

    An introduction to selling online, whether via marketplaces such as eBay, Amazon and Etsy, or your own e-commerce or general website.
    In this episode we speak to online selling expert, Chris Dawson, who talks about the advantages of selling online and guides us through selling via popular marketplace platforms.
    Chris is co-founder and editor of Tamebay, leading source of intelligence and news for those who sell on online marketplaces, whether experienced “power sellers” looking to boost their sales or beginners looking for best practice advice. Chris co-founded Tamebay in 2006, but for eight years before that he’d been a full time eBay seller.
    The first series of this podcast is brought to you thanks to the support of the Federation of Small Businesses. Visit www.fsb.org.uk/start to find out how FSB can help your business.
    Visit www.startupdonut.co.uk for more information about starting a business and join our Donut Small Business Collective Facebook group for tips and support from other start-ups and small-business owners.

    • 30 min
    How to market your new business online and attract your first customers

    How to market your new business online and attract your first customers

    An unmissable introduction to the all-important business of online marketing and digital marketing methods you can use to attract and retain customers.
    In this episode we speak to Aggie Meroni to find out all about social media marketing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, search engine marketing, so you stand a better chance of people finding your business via search engines such as Google, and organic and paid online advertising. You’ll also get an introduction to email marketing.
    Aggie is the founder and CEO of White Bee Digital, a consultancy that helps start-ups and small businesses to build their online presence, so they can attract and retain more customers.
    The first series of this podcast is brought to you thanks to the support of the Federation of Small Businesses. Visit www.fsb.org.uk/start to find out how FSB can help your business.
    Visit www.startupdonut.co.uk for more information about starting a business and join our Donut Small Business Collective Facebook group for tips and support from other start-ups and small-business owners.

    • 33 min
    Start-up story - Baked In Brick’s Lee DeSanges’s journey from garden shed to street food award-winner

    Start-up story - Baked In Brick’s Lee DeSanges’s journey from garden shed to street food award-winner

    Pick up top tips and learn key start-up lessons from the biggest experts of all – those who’ve actually been there and started their own business.
    In this episode we speak to Lee DeSanges, founder of Birmingham-based Baked In Brick, a business he launched in 2015 from his garden shed. Soon Lee was cooking and selling BBQ chicken tikka wraps out of a modified Mini Cooper, as well as wood-fired style pizza at events and street markets. More recently, Lee opened his own Baked In Brick restaurant in Birmingham.
    Find out what Lee would do differently if he had to start his business again and what his key start-up tips are.
    The first series of this podcast is brought to you thanks to the support of the Federation of Small Businesses. Visit www.fsb.org.uk/start to find out how FSB can help your business.
    Visit www.startupdonut.co.uk for more information about starting a business and join our Donut Small Business Collective Facebook group for tips and support from other start-ups and small-business owners.

    • 29 min
    Raising the money to start your new business and keeping your cash flow healthy

    Raising the money to start your new business and keeping your cash flow healthy

    Why it’s important to spend as little as possible when starting a business, where to get funding and tips on cash flow management and setting prices.
    In this episode we speak to Guy Bridge to find out about the pros and cons of various sources of start-up funding. Is it possible to start a business with little or no money? What can you claim for when running your business from home all or some of the time? You can also find out about how to keep your cash flow healthy, which is arguably the most important challenge you face in business.
    Guy is the CEO of Finpoint, a business finance platform that makes it easier for SMEs and their advisers to find the right business finance. Finpoint works with the Federation of Small Businesses and many other organisations. Previously, for 25 years, Guy worked in banking for HSBC, RBS and others, so he’s highly experienced when it comes small business funding and finance.
    The first series of this podcast is brought to you thanks to the support of the Federation of Small Businesses. Visit www.fsb.org.uk/start to find out how FSB can help your business.
    Visit www.startupdonut.co.uk for more information about starting a business and join our Donut Small Business Collective Facebook group for tips and support from other start-ups and small-business owners.

    • 28 min
    How to create a winning brand and come up with a brilliant business name

    How to create a winning brand and come up with a brilliant business name

    Why a brand is much more than just colours, fonts or slogans and how to come up with a great business name.
    In this episode we speak to Liz Mosley to learn the importance of creating a strong, distinctive brand when starting a business. We hear about the importance of brand values and how to create a distinctive brand identity.
    Liz is the host of the popular Building Your Brand podcast, which advises small businesses on a wide variety of subjects linked to their brand and marketing. She also offers training courses for small businesses and she’s a graphic designer with more than 10 years’ experience who creates stunning brand identities for start-ups and small businesses.
    The first series of this podcast is brought to you thanks to the support of the Federation of Small Businesses. Visit www.fsb.org.uk/start to find out how FSB can help your business.
    Visit www.startupdonut.co.uk for more information about starting a business and join our Donut Small Business Collective Facebook group for tips and support from other start-ups and small-business owners.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Lexushrs ,

Priceless

This podcast is a priceless resource for businesses particularly useful for startups! Each episode is filled with relevant and actionable advice/ tips that keeps you needing to pause to make notes!

Chloe is absolutely fantastic hosting this podcast. She always seems to ask the “right” questions that elicit the information that is relevant and useful to us, the listeners. Thank you!

SBonehill ,

Genuinely good business help

I’ve often found many of the topics surrounding starting a business daunting, however the Start Your Own Business podcast manages to break it all down into simple, actionable steps. Roll on the next episode!

Rory MccGwire ,

Great blog, full of tips

This podcast is well put together. Loads of practical tips, and the interviewer keeps things moving along nicely. Useful and easy to listen to.

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