Small Business & Startups

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Have you got a great business idea, but are skint? Well, don’t worry. Not all businesses require a huge amount of money to get off the ground -- or even an office space. Here are eight tips that can help you turn your startup pipe dream into an affordable reality.

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Sex and violence -- simulated or otherwise -- are two cornerstones of Western entertainment. However, recent research suggest that the old advertising maxim 'sex and violence sell' may actually be bad for business.

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Elevator Pitch is a regular feature on Lifehacker where we profile startups and new companies and pick their brains for entrepreneurial advice. This week, we're talking with Karl Graf and Joe Russell, founders of app development partner DreamWalk .

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Motion graphics designer and cinematographer Tyler Sparks sent over this shot of his space-saving workspace in his Brooklyn apartment, and we love it. It's a great space to do work, uses vertical space well, and has plenty of personality as well as tools for productivity.

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Dear Lifehacker, Would you be able to suggest some merchandise to put my small business logo on? (Aside from the obvious calendar and business card options.) I want something useful like a mug, but that's cool/quirky enough to stand out and be noticed. The aim is to get people talking about our brand without having to spend a fortune. Any ideas?

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One of the biggest roadblocks holding us all back from that awesome business idea is the belief that we don't have enough money. Enough money to kickstart the project, enough money to keep it going and enough money in profits to make it worthwhile. We asked an expert about how to overcome the financial pitfalls that often face budding entrepreneurs.

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Elevator Pitch is a regular feature on Lifehacker where we profile startups and new companies and pick their brains for entrepreneurial advice. This week, we're talking with Liberty Watson, co-founder of online fashion label Watson X Watson.

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Elevator Pitch is a regular feature on Lifehacker where we profile startups and new companies and pick their brains for entrepreneurial advice. Today: serial entrepreneur and BRW young rich-lister Nick Bell.

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Dear Lifehacker, I cannot stomach the idea of working in an office for the rest of my life. The idea of being forced to head to work for a set number of hours in a specific place is incredibly stifling. Now, I'm not lazy. I'm a very hard worker, but I don't like being confined. It feels like it drains my creativity. Is there a way I can break free from this lifestyle without becoming broke or homeless?

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Elevator Pitch is a regular feature on Lifehacker where we profile startups and new companies and pick their brains for entrepreneurial advice. This week, we're talking with Brad Munro, CEO of "interchangeable thong" company Willi Footwear.

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It's hard to turn down work, especially in an uncertain economy. But sometimes it's in your best interests to say no to some projects or clients, such as when those projects might pigeonhole you into an area you don't want to specialise in.

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When I moved house recently, I had to schlep a bunch of folders and files with paper documents. Looking at the pile, I realised that actually finding a document I wanted would be a very time consuming activity and all those folders would take up lots of space. Surely there's a better way...