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Motivational: Starting Up a New Business

30 Aug
30th August 2017

Ah, you’ve finally developed that great idea you have. You’ve created the perfect product that the market needs and you’re excited to get it out there. You know that this item is what so many people are looking for. Now to go into business, get this thing sold, improve and benefit other people’s lives and, be your own boss… it’s exciting!

But, then you start to look at what setting up a business includes; Registering and paying taxes, choosing how to handle VAT so that you don’t alienate your customers before you even start, or equally as bad, after, or for yourself into a financial loss. Wondering where to find, what kind, or if you even need insurance. Debating how to protect your copyrightable assets. How to market, where to sell, setting up an online shop… The list goes on! And do you even have any or all of the knowledge in these areas to be able to maintain and manage them to sell your brilliant product in the way it needs to be sold?

Then you realise that while you’ve been busy developing your product, you haven’t had any time left to do all these other extras you’ve now discovered you need. You sit, thinking about this great product that will now disappear in the abyss, not because it’s a bad product, but because setting up and running a business is so complicated.

But it’s not, really. Looking at your brilliant product, you see a stunning end result. But, as you bask in its glory, you forget the trials and tribulations you went through to create it. You forget the long nights, perhaps after your day job has finished. You forget the numerous mistakes you make, backtracking and throwing failed ideas away. You forget the days when you were stumped, out of ideas, and too tired to work. Yet, you sit looking at this great product you created, impressed with your abilities.

Developing a business is just the same. Stage one is the repeated failures that developed into the great product you have. It’s the result of taking small steps, making small choices, thousands of decisions that, when all were filtered and organised, resulted in the ideal set of conditions that helped you create your brilliant product. And you made each and every one of those thousands of decisions. You probably didn’t know it, but you were also learning and discovering along the way, working through new things that you had never worked through before. But you did it, most likely because it was enjoyable.

But we never see ‘setting up a business’ as enjoyable. It’s the side that most of us small business owners probably dislike the most, or do only because it has to be done to get our ideas out there. That, is the difference.

You see, all the steps to setting up a small business, stage two, are all the same steps that you put into creating your product. Making mistakes then fixing them, exploring and learning new ideas, getting stumped then finding the solution after taking a break, meeting people, making thousands of small decisions that add up to the end result of a business.

When you created your product, you probably never thought about the whole thing, in it’s entirely, complete and perfect. When you created it, you probably discovered many failures that you improved on. If you’re like most of us though, you probably envision your business complete; set in stone, unable to be changed, and that you have one, and only one, chance to get it right.

But it’s not true, really. A business is just another aspect of your product. Something you can take your time with and enjoy. You will have thousands of steps to take to get your business up and running so why try to do it in one big leap? Take the small steps, enjoy them and find something great in each one. Discover something new and seek out or meet other people who might be able to help you. Who knows, they might need your product or know of others who will (that’s sales without trying).

When we look at the complexity and immensity of something huge, especially if it’s out of our comfort zone, we are often intimidated and become fearful. The key is to turn that around so that we are not afraid. Every now and then, forget about the big picture, look at one small step you can take that will move you forward. Keep in mind, if the details are right, the big picture will be right. Always remember too, just like your product, nothing is set in stone when setting up your business. Go back and change it if a decision doesn’t work out. Just take exactly what you did with your product and apply it to setting up your business. You’ve done it before, and now it should be even easier with all your experience. Make things easy so that they can be enjoyable. Don’t worry about money; find an accountant to keep things in order. Don’t worry about the technicalities too much; find a sharp legal mind if you’re concerned about something. If you have no idea about online shops, hire an e-commerce specialist. Outsourcing is taking the big leaps, and turning them into just another of the thousand easy decisions, keeping it easy and manageable.

Gluten Free Meats Now Easier to Buy Online

30 Aug
30th August 2017

If you’ve been searching for a UK butcher stocking Gluten Free Meats, you might in the past have had some difficulty. The big name supermarkets have certainly improved their “Free From” offerings, but gluten free meat doesn’t seem to have been as carefully considered. Lack of choice where gluten free foods are concerned has always been an issue, and continues to be a problem in many areas.

Thankfully, Rendalls Online Butcher – a traditional Scottish butcher based in Stirling, UK – have a solution to this problem. Rendalls offer a fantastic selection of gluten free meats, with free delivery on orders over £75, and provide an easy and secure website to order with.

More people now than ever are turning to shopping for their groceries online, and certainly meat products are no exception.

Of course, the main staples for most meat-eaters are usually burgers and sausages. Rendalls have you covered with gluten free steak, pork and chicken burgers, and also beef, cumberland and pork sausages… enough to satisfy even the most veteran of BBQ experts!

If you’re looking for something a little different instead, you might also happen upon gluten free offerings of steak pie, black pudding and lorne sausage. Also shaking things up a bit, exotic meats are a brilliantly low fat, nutritious alternative to traditional meats.

For those with a hankering for seafood, be sure to peruse their section of fresh fish, with everything from Haddock, to Cod, to Sea Bream easy to shop online. The health and nutritional benefits of fresh fish are clear to see – it’s good for you, it tastes amazing and it’s a definite way to change things up in the kitchen!

Delivery terms are fair, with orders being delivered chilled in secure packaging. You can also select a preferred delivery date at checkout.

It’s worth noting that they do handle other glutenous products in the building, although Rendalls do take great care in their preperation.

It’s great to see a British butcher taking it upon themselves to offer such a great choice of gluten free meats and deli items. We’ve teamed up with Rendalls to offer you an awesome 10% off your first order, exclusive to OST readers – use coupon code FIRST10 at checkout – you can thank us later!

20 Perfect Templates for Your Business in 2017

07 Jun
7th June 2017

The 20 Perfect Templates for Your Business in 2017

Starting your business online is huge and there are so many aspects, you have to think about. Just imagine, you have to take care of a market analysis, of an efficient networking, of your business-plan, and somebody has to be in charge of all the customers and their needs. Every small detail has to be perfect. From the quality of your products or services to design of the logo. Obviously, you are not going to be able to deal with all this stuff on your own. For your successful business, you will hire the best of the best. That will cost you a pretty penny though. Therefore, it is in your best interest to do everything you can to avoid that.

Almost forgot about the stunning website to represent your business to the audience. At this point, you have a number of routes. You can always hire an expert to do the whole internet thing for you. Important to realize that the more you are delegating such easy tasks, the more you are losing control. Instead, you can try perfect designed and very easy in use, ready templates. Can bet that you have already heard of Magento at least once in your life. It is an open source platform for eCommerce businesses. Sounds like something you are looking for.

All the business Magento themes are well-designed, easy to customize and user friendly. Your website will be looking professional and stunning in the same time, what will not only keep your old customers with you for a long time, but also will take care of getting the attention of the new ones. Not to mention that running your business will become a piece of cake with such an amazing tool. What else do you need for your perfect webpage? SEO-optimization, responsiveness, intelligent filtered search for shoppers, and safety? All that and even more. Magento will save your money and time. That is a significant plus for big businesses servicing a global market.

Can happen you have some doubts about your ability to run the whole website without any deep knowledge in this field. Can assure you, nothing will be difficult. Even a child can handle this. Especially with a skilled and friendly customer support of Template Monster, that will be able to answer all your questions and help with customizing of your templates by day and night. In addition, you can check out the YouTube channel of TemplateMonster to make sure you are doing everything right. Amazing and detailed tutorials are always at your service.

Make yourself comfortable and enjoy carefully picked collection of the best Magento themes for business in 2017. Your perfect one is already waiting for you so don’t miss the chance!

Handbags Magento 2 Theme

Handbags Magento 2 Theme

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Handbags Magento 2 is one of the great examples of a robust, reliable, and responsive Magento website theme. It is an amazing platform for all the businesses in need of establishing an online presence for their projects.

Clothes Magento Theme

Clothes Magento Theme

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Stylish, reliable, stunning, and professional theme for your business. It will frame all your products in right way and make them look irresistible.

Home Decor Magento 2 Theme

Home Decor Magento 2 Theme

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Home Decor Magento 2 is a fully responsive and deeply resourceful theme for the design and construction of sophisticated and modern webpages. With this one, you are totally going to win.

Fashion Magento Theme

Fashion Magento Theme

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When we are talking about business in the fashion industry – style is everything. With this theme, you will never make your customers just pass buy.

Hair Salon Magento Theme

Hair Salon Magento Theme

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This theme will keep the attention of your customers for a long time. Simple and trustful, ideally suited to your business needs.

Baby Store Magento Template

Baby Store Magento Template

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Baby Store Magento Template is one of the sweetest things ever. Carefully picked color palette, good quality, and user-friendliness for small and big businesses.

Magetique – Premium Responsive Magento 2 Theme

Magetique - Premium Responsive Magento 2 Theme

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Magetique – Premium Responsive Magento 2 Theme one of the best multipurpose themes on the templates market. This one is a polished and professional, visually nimble and elegant, fully responsible and just irresistible.

Designer Glasses Magento Theme

Designer Glasses Magento Theme

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Nowadays fashion is simpliness. This amazing theme proves it one more time. Intuitive in use, SEO-optimized and just beautiful one.

Organic Food Store Magento Template

Organic Food Store Magento Template

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Organic Food Store Magento Template looks so fresh. Forget about complicated details that keep you customers from actions. Be not just eco-friendly, be user friendly!

Magento spice shop theme

Magento spice shop theme

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This Magento theme is professional-looking, reliable and well-built. Just like your business. Magento spice shop theme designed with the needs of successful business websites in mind.

T-Shirt Printing Magento Theme

T-Shirt Printing Magento Theme

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There’s nothing redundant here and still you can find anything you need. Isn’t that a key to a real success?

coffee store Magento theme

coffee store Magento theme

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Coffee store Magento theme is highly rated, responsive and powerful enough to assist companies in quickly building an effective online presence.

Handmade Jewelry Magento Template

Handmade Jewelry Magento Template

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Beautiful and elegantly coded theme, with everything you can only need for a successful start of your business online.

Fashion Shop Magento Theme

Fashion Shop Magento Theme

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When running a business, having a compelling web presence is really important. This Fashion Shop Magento Theme can guarantee you that.

Exterior Design Magento Theme

Exterior Design Magento Theme

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Seems like designers put a special effort in creating Exterior Design Magento Theme. Fresh faced yet serious and businesslike.

Clothing Store Magento Theme

Clothing Store Magento Theme

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Clothing Store Magento Theme is ideal for websites that need to communicate, showcase, and sell their stunning products within minutes of one click installation.

Food Store Magento Template

Food Store Magento Template

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Fresh and fruity. This theme can give your website absolutely stunning and professional look. Very quickly and efficiently. You and all your clients will fall in love with this one.

Gifts Shop Magento Theme

Gifts Shop Magento Theme

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Gifts Shop Magento Theme is a one of those amazing themes that offer a combination of simplicity and sophistication for business sites the world over.

Computer Hardware OpenCart Template

Computer Hardware OpenCart Template

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A flexible theme you can totally trust and build upon. With this one, you can finally focus on what’s important.

Wedding Dresses Magento Theme

Wedding Dresses Magento Theme

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Wedding Dresses Magento Theme is the best way to establish an online presence for your business. Responsive, fresh, professional and very easy in use. The best you could have hoped for.

Summing up

Impressive, right? Hope you have found the best one for you and already starting your business with it.

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