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What are your recommended methods for driving traffic, sign ups and sales for my website?

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Karl Laperrière
Karl Laperrière at Wikibusiness
Your question far too broad to respond constructively Kari. It all depends what you have on your website and who it is for. There are differing techniques for generating traffic, sign-ups and converting sales. Possibly thousands of variations in all three categories. What is your objective, and quantify the minimum you identify as your nvestment.
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How many people look at their local newspapers for local events such as such as training?

Or do people simply throw them in the bin without looking at them each week. I am trying to capture... read more

Steven Freeman
Steven FreemanOwner at Evolved Sound
Print is quite dead and risky for small business advertising. If you can get in with your council and list your event through that it may be OK. I don't regularly read the local paper, but have a glance occasionally when I'm having a mental break from screen time which is a healthy thing to do once per week.
Simple test in 2 parts - 1 See if anyone is promoting anything similar (to a like audience) in your local paper.If not ring the editor and suggest that they do a profile editorial on your (unique to the aria) new service,2 If there is anything similar call them and ask them to quantify the response they have had and if they are intending to repeat their promotion.
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What are the key questions you have/had when starting your business?

What key things do you think a start up needs to learn? I am putting together a workshop... read more

Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
As Kristy mentioned business (entity) structure and bookkeeping / accounting are super important, however, I think there are some other key aspects to consider.What type of business are you "really" trying to start?Meaning, are you trying to just make some money or are you launching in an area of expertise or passion? It will make a difference.Have you validated that there is a market for your business product / service?Make sure you are launching something that people want before spinning up a business (I've wasted time and money getting a business legal that never panned out). Validate before you become a legal business if possible.Are you taking this leap alone or are you building a team?This impacts everything from legal structure to necessary office size. You need to plan for resources and benefits accordingly.Do you have all the necessary skills to get your business off the ground?If not, you need to determine if hiring employees or using external consultants makes the most sense for your needs.Do you have a mentor or advisor?Get serious about getting your business in gear. An advisor or mentor can give you valuable insight and help keep you on the right course. Leverage their experience and wisdom.
Kirsty Fox
Kirsty FoxPrincipal at Spitfire Solutions
Getting your structure right. It's really important from a tax and asset protection perspective. You also need to know your books - talk to an accountant first.
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What are the best kept secrets of successful business people?

Phil Khor
Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
I reckon it's grit, some people have it, others don't. Grit is a personality trait of passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. I wrote about it here https://www.savvysme.com.au/article/445-do-you-have-the-will-to-succeed-do-you-have-grit-to-grow-your-business
Yee Trinh
Yee TrinhCo-founder at SavvySME
Perseverance. Whether you're an actor, an entrepreneur, an athlete or otherwise, if you are aspiring to grand "success", you will encounter roadblock after roadblock after roadblock. What differentiates the failures from the Michael Jordans and Richard Bransons is often a string of setbacks in which the latter two pushed and persisted through.
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How do I start a business?

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Yee Trinh
Yee TrinhCo-founder at SavvySME
Check out leanstack.com. This is the first thing I do before jumping into any business idea.
Ian Harris
Ian HarrisDirector at B+I Lockwood Accountants
6 months should be fine but it will go fast. And you may need to raise finance which also takes time.
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Are B2B businesses generally service providers?

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Ling Lee
Ling Lee at Digital Marketing and Personal Branding
James NorquayOwner at Prosperity Media
No, many product offerings only focus on B2B Example: - Industrial Machines for business. - Any specific product which only business would buy, their are endless ranges of products only businesses want. any thing from cooking machines, to enterprise photo copiers in offices too even business cards.
Hi Ling My experience says no, there are many product based B2B operations out there.   Peter
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What does a project management organisational chart look like in IT?

What does a project management organizational chart look like in IT? Does it look any different in... read more

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Phil Joel
Phil JoelDirector at SavvySME
Hi Emily, I am assuming you're asking what a typical IT project structure looks like. Depending on the size of the project, this can vary significantly. For smaller IT projects (up to say 20 people), you'll typically find a PM, business analysts, designer and developers supported by IT infrastructure team (helpdesk, networking etc). On larger projects, you will find additional roles such as Change Managers, Test Managers, DBAs, Testers, Project Administrator, etc.
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