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Women outnumber men on LaunchVic advisory board

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How to Not Be a Jerk if Your Business Fails

If your business venture fails, how would you cope? It depends of course on details and... read more

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Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Well said!
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I think one of the most important things to do is try to learn from the experience. As long as you can evaluate and understand what led to the failure, how it could have been different (if at all) and what you would do differently if you were to relaunch the same business with your new perspective you'll serve your future self very well. You must take pride in the journey and not always put all your satisfaction in a positive outcome. Learn along the way. Pass the knowledge of previous failures along to other aspiring business owners to keep them from making the same mistakes. Surround yourself with business owners that have had more success and pick their brains.
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Failing Forward

Failure, it sucks. It feels, well embarrassing - because everyone around you are full time... read more

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Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
SO many good points here! I love that James Joyce quote as well, endless wisdom in the catalogues of that man.
Bootstrapping

Adelaide entrepreneurs encouraged to apply for Venture Catalyst seed funding program

Adelaide entrepreneurs are being called on to apply for the Venture Catalyst seed funding program,...read more

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Business ideas and monetising new concepts

50 Most Fun Home-Based Businesses

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Product development

Instead of Worrying About Products vs. Features, Focus on Building Solutions

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Investor funding and capital

IBM acquires Clearleap; Airbnb confirms $1.5 billion raise; Booodl raises $2.85 million

It’s been a very busy week for Australian startups – Shoes of Prey raised a US$15.5 million...read more

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Questions

What makes a great Tech company?

Phil SealyOwner at Pro Leaders Academy
My view is the culture of any business makes it.If you have the right culture with a market need then you will have a great company.A culture that supports the goals and values of the company you will have a great business that has cients that are raving fans and will sell the business for you.
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Investor funding and capital

Crowdfunding For Your Startup: Fueling Your Dream Into Reality

The traditional method of financing a business used to be applying for a bank loan, self-financing... read more

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Questions

Who would be the best person/s to connect with to help start up a community service based business?

I'm looking to start up a business running courses teaching basic life skills as well as a few... read more

Hi Allison, A really good organisation in Aus is the BEC, business enterprise centres. They run all kinds of mentoring and support programs for people who are in the early startup stages of business. They are in all kinds of places... go to their website to find out more: https://www.becaustralia.org.au/ good luck with it cheers roland
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Allison,That definitely sounds like a noble pursuit. Are you planning it as a for-profit business or a not-for-profit business (charity)? There is a possibility that you may be able to get government grants if you are a non-profit business.Also, who is your target audience? Is it a specific age group, income bracket, geographic location, something else or a combination? This will help you determine how you are positioning the marketing and lead generation for your venture.Are you planning to setup a business learning environment where clients come into an office/classroom type setting? Are you planning on going to the location of your client (such as a mobile tutor). Are you planning on only offering in-person courses or will you use live streaming video or pre-recorded video sessions?Will you be charging per class (a la carte) and/or charging for a topic that includes multiple classes about a related topic? Will you be giving clients that meet a specific standard certificates of completion or something similar?Are you planning to limit class sizes so you can ensure each client gets 1-on-1 attention or are aiming for large class sizes?
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Investor funding and capital

7 Seed-Stage Funding Sources That Might Finance Your Startup

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Small Business: How To Grow and How Not To Grow

Growing Your Small Business Safely and With Control Most of us small business owners want to grow... read more

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How TPG's David Teoh snared his prey iiNet

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4 Tips To Turbocharge Your Primary Goal

Most people, when pressed, will be able to identify one big primary goal that they have in their... read more

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UK startup truRating chooses Australia as its next launch location as it begins to expand globally

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How To Use A Business Mistake To Enhance Your Reputation

It was 9:25 am when I arrived at the office and I was faced with an entire team of panic-stricken... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Great article. I think it is important to show vulnerability and humility. Owning a mistake and trying to make it right will always go a long way with customers.
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Divergent Lenses

Have we lost our sense of imagination or just how to properly use it? I propose that we... read more

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Questions

What would you value more an investor or a knowledgeable cofounder? Why?

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Questions

Can anyone suggest the best products to sell online?

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Yep great answers, passion and niche as already mentioned are key. You need to stand out from the competition and when you are niche you have less competition so easier to grow into that market. One more I would add is know your products and their market. Don't just sell camping equipment if you have never been camping for example.It really is very easy to sell anything online, but knowing your products inside out is essential to be able to build confidence with your customers and allow you to sell the right products rather than the most profitable products.A customer who spends $500 and gets something that perfectly matches their needs is much happier than a customer that spends $1000 which doesn't do everything they want. The $500 will come back and tell their friends.
Nicole McIverOwner at Nicole McIver
My suggestion is selling something you are passionate about, you will do much better and your job will be easier and more enjoyable if your selling a product you are truly passionate about. Find your niche and stick to it.There is also LOTS of brands overseas thats are freaking awesome that arent in Australia yet, find something new, unique and super cool and import it and get distribution rights to it in AU.If you have any further questions email me :)
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Startup branding and PR

How to Crowdsource the Top 5 Needs of Your Business

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