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How do you split out your time daily?

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I like to have a routine day to day, but it's hard getting into a routine. I don't sleep much. ~5hours/day. I should sleep more but I like to get up early, get some exercise in, sort out the important emails and prioritise calendar tasks for the day. Ideally, I'll do the tasks that require significant thought early on in the day and do less cerebral work later on as I lose energy, but that doesn't always happen.
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Just Listen To Me. Fix It & Make Me Feel Special! Ignore At Your Peril!

The last couple of months have been very frustrating. We are partners with MYOB and over the last 4... read more

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What Does Your Workplace Hairstyle Say About You?

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Charlene SampiloCustomer Service at SavvySME
Gary, we have requests if you can do a male version of this article topic? :-) It would definitely be interesting as well.
Gary Gillespie
Hi Hitesh, Thanks for your comment! Yes, I think how we present ourselves can have an impact on how we're perceived by our colleagues. If you want to win the rat race, you have to look the part ;)
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Warren Harmer’s New Book Lifts the Lid on Business Planning for Small Business

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We are not insolvent! ..... Are You Sure?

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From Food Truck to Franchise: How These Cousins Turned Their Love of Lobster Into a Business

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4 Business Investments You Must Make

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Brent SzalayOwner at SEIVA
Great article Vincent, one thing i will add is how important is is to prepare your business to grow or scale before your turn the marketing tap on. Too often I see businesses putting the 'cart before the horse' so to speak and look to market and grow the business but can not sustain it . Understand your capacity and have a plan in place that will cope with an influx of more business. A good starting point is to ensure all your systems are in place and your staff are clear on their role within the business.
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Do you see the need for a writing coach?

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Jef LippiattCo-founder 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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The Hottest Franchise Categories of the Year

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How long were you in business before the website you launched with needed a complete redesign?

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I am about to redesign my site for the third (? fourth maybe?) time in 15 months. It is not giving me the results I am after, I am DIYing, constantly learning and evolving, and while I was happy with my site 6 months ago, now I realise how much better it can be. Also, I will be launchign my first Google Adwords campaign later in the year so will optimise the site for that too.
Jef LippiattCo-founder at Startup Chucktown
Steve,I think you touched a variety of reasons that websites should be updated. My bias will come through on cost, because any updates we make to ours are made by myself or my co-founder (so it is really just time spent for us).The reasons we've changed our sites in the past do include, shifting our focus, tweaking our demographic and coming up with a better idea on how to present the content and information.I believe that the reason so many websites aren't up-to-date or accurate can happen do to cost. Small budgets make it hard to justify a website refresh if they have no assurance it'll drive more traffic and create more sales. Other ventures may not give enough thought to their website and the frequency at which it should be updated. This may happen because of a small team that is covering a lot of work that is more directly tied to sales or profit. It could also result from a mostly offline venture not understanding the value of their online presence.I think it is important that anytime you create a new product or service or even make noticeable modifications to your existing business, review your site to see if it still reflects the right message. Revisiting should be done for all key moments. Do you have your team posted (is it up to date)? What about product shots? Press Releases? When something major changes, revisit your current website.Look for clues that would show clients and/or customers you haven't updated your site in a while. Do you still have job openings posted from 6 months to a year ago? If they were filled remove them. If they weren't filled, revisit the job post, refresh it and repost with an updated date. Eliminate things that will make your clients and customers see your website as a virtual ghost town.
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After you've conquered the world of wine, which industry do you see potential for disruption?

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Is "No Buyer's Remorse" scalable ?

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Can Fast Food Be Healthy? One Franchise Is Proving the Point and Profiting.

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What is your favourite breakfast?

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It’s actually my favourite meal of the day! I LOVE free range poached eggs on sourdough with smashed avocado feta. Oh and coffee, very good coffee.
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What challenges did you face when achieving such rapid growth?

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The One Trait All Successful Entrepreneurs Have

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How did you build the necessary connections in the wine industry to allow for Vinomofo's success?

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Justin Dry at Vinomofo
Vinomofo wasn’t the first business we had in the tech wine space so it actually happened in the years leading up to the launch.Qwoff was the first one in 2007 and was actually a really cool idea but to be honest had a shit business model. It was like a facebook for wine. Too early for the space and the market was too niche for the business model.We then pivoted the business 4 times over the next few years before launching Vinomofo in early 2011.Each one was better than the last but more importantly, we were building great relationships within the industry and a large tribe of wine lovers along the way who followed us into Vinomofo.
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What 20% factor can you attribute Vinomofo's success to in terms of the 80/20 rule?

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Justin Dry at Vinomofo
I actually live by this rule as often as possible and it has served me well. As far as Vinomofo goes I would say our most valuable time has been spent on delivering the best possible product. Make it so good that your customers do the marketing for you. On the flip side if your product is shit no amount of advertising is going to save you.
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8 Women Tech Leaders Reveal Their Monday Morning Rituals

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Accomplish Any Project With This Simple Strategy

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