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Want to Help Others Save Money? Check Out These 10 Tax Franchises.

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The Grewal Family Franchises Together and Thrives Together

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Nobody Does it Better: The Best of the Franchise 500

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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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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?

Tania WillettOwner and PR Consultant at TJW Public Relations
A business plan is very important. It provides structure, acts as a point of reference and much more. However, I also believe that it's important, particularly for small businesses and start-ups, to not get too caught up with getting that business plan perfect before you start acting. Ideas, concepts and strategies change over time, and that change usually comes about through trial and error. It's ideal to go out and test the market and see if there is a real need for a business, service, product or concept. Then you can regularly check in with your business plan and adjust accordingly.
Brett ElliottOwner at Brett Elliott
I have written over a dozen business plans and offer documents for emerging enterprises.In my opinion, a business plan is a sales document. (It might sound strange but hear me out...)You need to sell yourself on the idea of the business; developing conviction in, and commitment to your enterprise, its principals, its structure, and processes, as well as be comfortable with the risk profile for you as the founding sweat equity partner. If you are the business owner and director, you are the principal stakeholder that needs to be sold on the enterprise you are undertaking. If you are sold on the business and 100% committed the roll out process outlined in your business plan, you can sell it to other stakeholders, which may include sweat equity partners, investors, and early stage customers.They aren't necessarily going to want to read your business plan, but you will need to be able to answer the key questions a well-written business plan will provide.A business plan provides a structure to flesh out all the nuances of the enterprise, test assumptions, reduce risks, and zero in on challenges and opportunities. It also provides the foundation thinking from which your website, sales tools and branding material are drawn from. It will also provide essential content for your offer document (if raising capital by selling equity).However, as a business owner, particularly if early stage, your focus is going to be sales, so don't let the writing of a business plan become a form of procrastination that holds you back from getting out there and sellnig your product or service.
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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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Huy VuongOwner at Your Accounting Partners
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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Melanie GrayOwner at MyCL (My Computer Lab)
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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How are we all finding business at the moment, confidence good?

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What has been the most interesting work a client has asked you to do, that has been totally "outside the square?

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Any idea what is the cheapest country with the best quality to order printed products?

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I use a company in China who are very good and great value. wishpacking.com. My contact is Mr Woodwei.
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