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What industry has the greatest need for a redesign?

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
This is a great question but one that is hard to answer without context. For example, here in the United States, I believe one of the most important industries that needs flipped is healthcare, specifically the standardizing the cost of identical medical procedures from one city to the next and affordable medications.However, in underdeveloped countries, there needs to be a better answer for the largely unbanked masses. I'm not saying more banks are the answer, but a way for them to easy store and access said money, whether it is a digital coin, through SMS messaging or some yet undeveloped technology.
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What is the single most important thing you've learned about your business so far this year?

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Jef Lippiatt Owner at Startup Chucktown
Clarification on the type of clients we love to work with and what activities we really enjoyed. This was important to us because we wanted to build a business as they say in China that last 100 years..It's not just a job, its our way of life.
Daniel BradyOwner at Heavenly Hammocks
Ebay as an additional sales channel has both positives and negatives, but overall it's worth using: It adds incremental sales, allowing for lower cost imports. It works for some of our categories but not others. Eg. small items that China can ship directly to Australia - we can't even compete on Ebay for those. The fees are fixed at around $25 per month + 9% commission. We can run that year-round, unlike some other advertising that we have to pause in the low season. A second point: Focusing more on our hammock chairs improved our low season, since they are less seasonal than our regular hammocks. We improved our range and promotions, and it is proving successful.
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What meetup events do you all go to?

Would be great to know which groups you find worthwhile.. and would be great to meet some of you as... read more

Brad Lyons at Rodcha
I have mentioned to SavvySME that they should host an annual conference for members. Fingers crossed they see value in it. I generally go to conferences related to my industry, I find them a great way to meet clients and see what the industry is up to.I have tried going to a couple of small local small business groups however found them to be a waste of time (just my personal opinion). Chamber of commerce is another great place to meeting other business owners. I would have a chat with your local Chamber of commerce and see when their next meeting is. You can normally attend the first one for free as a guest.
Megan EdwardsExpert Content Marketer + Copywriter at mWords Communications
Hi Maggie,In Australia, the BNI network is pretty good for professional meet ups. Many of the BNI groups, and other professional networks, have a presence on LinkedIn so you could start your search there. Good luck! Megan
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Do you see the need for a writing coach?

I'm wondering if business professionals would be interested in getting coaching for writing a book.... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Jennifer,I think that is an interesting proposition. I know that having a writing coach is beneficial to a professional at any career level (but especially to higher level business executives). I'm less sure of how many professionals are interested in writing and selling a book. Is that a fairly big target market / demographic?I think the idea you have is sound. I'm not sure about the pricing because that may depend more on your target audience and location. It doesn't sound like a terribly high price, but I would test that with potential clients (to help ensure you finding the pricing sweet spot).I also believe that you may need to educate (via a website or video) the benefits that writing a book could have on their career. I think proper positioning of this will go a long way in growing the client base. There may be interested professionals that aren't really sure if their topic or approach would be embraced. Perhaps they don't know where to begin the process.I would do some research with your intended customer base to validate the pricing. The rest of the idea sounds solid to me.
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Ling LeeDirector at Japanese Sword Auctions Australia
thanks for the nice short and sweet tips :D
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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Great article Leanne, it's definitely an oldie but a goodie :D
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Do you take time off from your business to "sharpen the saw"?

In Stephen R Covey's book "7 habits of highly effective people", the final habit is  Habit 7:... read more

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Selina ShaplandOwner at Selina Shapland
I take time out to do art and create jewellery which helps me build my creativity and problem solving skills.  I listen to a lot of audio training and philosophy when I am drawing to increase my personal and professional development.  And... I am getting back into regular exercise.  I guess that's the one area I need to sharpen the saw the most!  Thanks for the great question.  I think that this is an important aspect of creating success in all areas of our lives and we do need to take time out to recharge, learn and grow.  S
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How do you celebrate your wins?

One thing that I have always found a little depressing about being the boss man is that celebrating... read more

Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
I verbally celebrate it with the team :)!! In my old workplace we used to have a small and a big gong and we used to gong every little win! Also writing down the little milestones helps too :)!
John BelchamberOwner & Senior Consultant at Invoke Results
As someone who works from home on his own, a good Daddy Dance in front of the mirror often does it for me ;)
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Top 6 time saving tips for business owners

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Michelle TupyBlog and Epublishing Manager at Clever Streak
Thanks Anne - sounds like 2014 will be your year for awesome note taking!
Anne MaybusWriter at Clever Streak
Great article, Michelle. Love your tips and I confess that note taking is an area I need to improve in.
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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Wish you the best for achieving your dream board :)!
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Exactly Steve!
Steven FreemanOwner at Evolved Sound
It's all about hanging out with your tribe, do it regularly and very focused. You need to know exactly what you (and your business stands for), why it's special and convey that well as you meet new people.
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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Great timing, I've been pondering these questions for this year!
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Thanks Wendy :)
Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Great reminders to start the new year Marika :D!!
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