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Resources : Six Business Downloads from Donncha Hughes

This page provides links to download four documents created by Donncha Hughes:


1. Guide To Self Employment in Ireland (2013)

The following steps are worth considering by anyone thinking of setting up their own business.


1. Claim your tax back from Revenue.

2. Apply to Social Welfare for Short Term Enterprise Allowance.

3. Register as a Sole Trader with Revenue.

4. Register a Business Name

5. Secure your website URL and get a professional email address.

6. Prepare a business plan.

7. Attend a Start Your Own Business Programme.

8. Select an accountant.

9. Open a Business Bank Account.

10. Undertake self-assessment.

11. Get Started.

Download the Guide to Self Employment in Ireland – Updated 2013


2. One Page Marketing Plan

Check out my blogpost which details the 7 elements of the One Page Marketing Plan. The Slideshare ‘Startup Marketing in a Nutshell’ is embedded in the post.

Download a template PDF for a One Page Marketing Plan

You can type into this Word document to complete your One Page Marketing plan.

Download Editable Word template for my One Page Marketing Plan


3. Business Plan Write-Up Case Study

The Case Study details how Business Advisor, Donncha Hughes worked with a real client to prepare a business plan. It details the project management process along with a detailed overview of the methodology used in preparing both the business plan document and the financial projections.


Download the Business Plan Write Up Case Study – 19 Pages

More detail provided in the blogpost about the Case Study.


4. Startup Goal Setting Worksheet


I provide training on Goal Setting. Goals should follow the SMART format – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timebound. I use my Goal Setting Worksheet to illustrate how to clearly articulate goals using a SMART format. The template has areas to record who goal is assigned to, and deadlines for meeting them. The first key step is establishing the desired end result.

Goals Setting Worksheet


5. Editable Business Model Canvas

Defining your business model is a critical activity for every business. I provide training on the Business Model Canvas. I have created an Editable Word document to allow you to complete your canvas. See my related blog post

Editable Business Model Canvas (MS word)

6. Example Business Plan Executive Summary

I wrote an example business plan for TLC Dog Grooming, a ficticious business, using my business plan template (followed Business Cube the Guide to Writing a Business Plan by InterTrade Ireland). The full plan is included as a resource in my online training programme, ‘Writing your Business Plan’ along with the business plan template. This download presents the Executive Summary – see full blog post.

TLC Dog Grooming Sample Business Plan Executive Summary  (2 page pdf)


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