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The Grewal Family Franchises Together and Thrives Together

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Franchising Isn't Any Easier -- Or Harder -- Than Other Types of Business Ventures

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Franchise of the Day: This Franchise Fills Our Taco Needs All Day Long

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Why You Should Make the Move to a Multi-Unit Franchise

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Franchise of the Day: Hit a Grand Slam With This Franchise

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Franchise of the Day: This Taco Shop Will Have You Feeling Warm and 'Fuzzy'

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Here's the Top 20 Fastest-Growing Franchises of the Year

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From the NFL Locker Room to the Boardroom

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What are the pros and cons of owning a franchise?

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Fun in Business is all that matters

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Hamish AndersonFounder and Director at Mesh Consulting
As small business owners i think we all have to remember why we jumped into starting our own venture - a passion to do what we do, well. If we lose that passion under the stress of everything else, then you're right, no matter the money, we have lost what got us into the game in the first place. My Mantra- perspective is everything
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I agree that fun is important. I also believe that passion (for the space your business is in) and wanting to help / add value to people are strong forces for having a business as well.
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Boost Your Creativity for Better Business

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Great suggestions. I do believe everyone is creative, however, some are content within their routines and others just need tools and processes to focus their creative energy.
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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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Have you hired a business coach/consultant before and was it value for money?

Melanie GrayOwner at MyCL (My Computer Lab)
In Western Australia, we have the Small Business Development Corporation. It is government run. It's free and every time I get stuck, even before I started my business started, I contact them and they are great at guiding me in the right direction. I feel like I don't really need a business coach when they are available.
George Dye
Thanks Jef. How do you evaluate whether they're the right one for you? There's sooo many coaches/consultants out there. It's hard to differentiate between them.
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Performance Improvement: Managing Organisational Politics.

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Melbourne Business Owners....Want to Date?

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Neil SteggallPartner at Wardour Capital Partners
Hi Lisa,A great post and a great idea! I would enjoy catching up over a coffee and taking time to discuss possible synergies. Tuesday of next week would suit me and I am happy to meet wherever suits you.In addition to my SSME profile you can find me on www.wardourcapital.com or LinkedIn.Cheers,Neil.
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Do I need a business plan?

Do you need a business plan! If you needed to ask this question, than maybe there is no point Colin. Serendipity or failure are the only other options, it is a no-brainer.
Melanie GrayOwner at MyCL (My Computer Lab)
It's always worth doing a business plan. How will you know what you want to do and achieve? It's a lot clearer when it's on paper. A two page of hand written notes might be all you need to start with. Dedicated at least 1/2 hour to start with and braindump. The more you plan, the more likely you are to succeed. Good luck
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How do you handle a disgruntled customer from a competitor?

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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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How do you go about finding & choosing a VA, given that I don't have abundant time to keep trying people?

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Monika NewmanVirtual Secretary/Personal Assistant at Absolutely Virtual
There are many VA organisations out there that you could connect with who can help you target the VA who has the skill sets that you require. Many VAs specialise in particular areas, e.g., Social Media, Copyrighting, Formatting, Author's Assistants etc. so if you can get very clear in what areas you need assistance you will be able to narrow down the field. Many VAs have testimonials on their LinkedIn profiles/websites from existing or previous clients based upon particular tasks that they have undertaken and excelled at.You could also try asking other business owners if they have any recommendations because many VAs are also sourced by word of mouth.The VAs' locality may also be important to you, although VAs for the most part work virtually there may be times when you need to have face to face strategy sessions.
Sandra WrightOwner at AdminWorthy
Hi Janine,As a Virtual admin and events coordinator myself, the best ways to try and ensure you find and keep the right VA is either by another business referring them to you or doing reference checks on them with their existing clients (just like you would do a reference check when hiring an employee).Also its ideal if possible to provide the VA with small amounts of work to start with and if you are happy with them, then gradually increase their workload/responsibilites.
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What have been some great activities or exercises you have done at a team day. Needs to be in house.

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We did personality profiles on a team building day. Was really insightful, got us all understanding each other a bit better and how to work better with each other.
Tracey MillerOwner at artation
Hi SandraLast year I started my business artation which is making art work for team building. Working to a theme of your choice we provide a painting activity for your people. For example the theme of the painting might be the aims of the conference or the values of the company etc. The participants work in small groups to paint on a canvas. No painting experience is necessary. Each group is given a plan to follow. Teams need to communicate and collaborate to make their painting on canvas successful. This is the absolute opposite of competitive team building. At the end of the session all the groups put their canvases together, like a puzzle coming together to reveal the big picture.Later the painting can be exhibited in the office as a constant and tangible reminder of the team building day and what they can achieve together.http://artation.com.au/Kind regardsTracey Miller
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