’s best 20 articles of 2013

We reveal the most popular content we published this year, from your favourite interviews to the most engaging blogs

After releasing the list of our top 20 start-up businesses of the year yesterday, it seemed apt to follow it with our other Christmas tradition – a look back at our most popular articles of 2013.

It’s been an exciting year for start-ups, with record-breaking figures of new businesses launching and finally signs that the economy may be turning, there’s never been a better time to start a business – and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed helping you with your business journeys.

With everything from Sir Richard Branson’s start-up tips to stories of businesses just a few weeks old and practical guides on all elements of starting and running a business, we hope we’ve helped you realise your start-up dreams.

To help you recap, or in case you missed anything, here’s our best (and your favourite) bits…

Top tips

Richard Reed shares his 5 golden rules for running a business – The Innocent co-founder gives an insight into Innocent’s success and how you and your business can emulate it

5 simple steps to optimise your website – Google’s head of B2B marketing reveals the best ways to create the perfect website for your small business

Sir Richard Branson talks start-up tips and insights – Mentoring, start-up loans and honing your business pitch: Sir Richard Branson reveals all about starting a business

Building a website for your business idea is easier than you might think. Our online tool ranks the top website builders that offer free trials.


What business should you start? 12 fast-growing sectors in 2013 – Startups explores the trends that could nurture great business ideas this year

The UK’s most exciting start-ups inspired by founders’ travels – The fabulous stories behind the best British businesses started after trips overseas. Could travel provide your ‘big idea’?

Dragons’ Den: The highs, lows and key lessons from series 11 – Startups runs the rule over the notable people, products and investments on the latest series of the popular BBC show

How to start a business: What you need to know – Startups answers the key questions you should ask before starting your own business

Tech trends that will disrupt business in 2014 – We review the big trends set to shape the world of technology next year – and share some other fast-growing concepts

How to guides

5 Logo design services: How to choose which service is right for your business – Startups takes a close look at the logo design options available to small businesses – investigating prices, processes, quality and speed

Start-up business plan essentials: Creating a USP – How to make your start-up stand out from the crowd

Pricing your work – Going freelance but don’t know what to charge? Find out how to calculate your hourly rate

3 website solutions: How to choose which service is right for your business – With an increasing amount of new businesses requiring an online presence, Startups evaluates the different options for getting online


Hummingbird Bakery: Tarek Malouf – The American-style bakery founder talks start-up ambitions, inspiration and the challenges of growth

Thea Green MBE: Nails Inc – Startups talks to the beauty industry entrepreneur about creating a nail varnish phenomenon in the UK and turning it into a global brand


Show me the money: How to raise millions without giving away your business – Huddle co-founder Alastair Mitchell shares the secrets that helped his business secure $40m in growth capital

The Secret Entrepreneur: Don’t idealise starting a business! – Media hype will sucker many into starting a business, but don’t be fooled – making profit consumes you and ‘freedom’ has its downsides

How to create a lean start-up – Four golden rules for keeping your start-up costs low

Start small, start bad: Why it’s good to suck when you start a business – Ignore X Factor-style business TV, fail, learn and fail better – just like Nirvana – says entrepreneur James Benamo

Just Started

The Collective Boutique: Hannah Nicholson – Jewellery enthusiast Hanna Nicholson shares how she launched her dream business with just £5,500

Reef Knots: Patrick Dudley-Williams – Founder Dudley-Williams turned his redundancy into an opportunity with his new handmade printed silk ties venture

It’s been an exciting and busy year for us here at Startups with the relaunch of our brand new-look site and we think we’re more geared up than ever to provide you with the essential advice you need to start a business.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reminiscing with us (or even discovering great content you missed) and promise that 2014 will deliver even more exciting, interesting and varied insight.

If there’s areas you want to hear more about, or businesses you think we should definitely cover, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Finally, we want to wish all our readers a very merry Christmas, thank you for reading, and all the best for a successful and entrepreneurial 2014.


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