SmallBizPod #75 – starting a business in a downturn

An interview with David Lester of publishing company Crimson on starting a new business. Includes practical advice, tips, and why startups and recessions mix well.

By Alex Bellinger
22nd October 2008 at 10:31 pm

This week SmallBizPod #75, the podcast for anyone starting a business, includes an interview with David Lester the founder of UK publishing company Crimson, about starting a business, practical advice on how to do it, and why a recession could be a good time to set up. There’s also another superb book review from a SmallBizPod listener and some seriously good hip hop.

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Show Notes



• 00:00 Introduction to what’s coming up in the show.
• 01:24 A big thank you to new sponsors
• 01:50 Sponsors section featuring Rory McLoughney of – the full interview can be found here.


• 05:14 Interview with David Lester, founder of online and print publishing company Crimson about practical advice on how to start a new business and his book ‘Starting Your Own Business – the good, the bad and the unexpected‘.  David and Alex talk about how you find out if you can cut it as a business owner, what practical steps you need to take to get your business off the ground, whether or not a recession is a good time to set up a new business, the turmoil facing the magazine and book publishing sector and tips on how to build a business on the web.

• 27.41 Thanks to the 900+ people who have added themselves to the SmallBizPod Facebook group. Please do join, if you get a chance and feel free to invite your friends.

• 28:21 Simon Taylor reviews the ‘101 Ways to Market Your Business‘ by Andrew Griffiths.

• 34.23 MusicDel The Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, Kid Koala
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