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How do I find a small business mentor?

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Hello, Opportunity?

Perhaps you are waiting for things to change in the new year. I’m not here to say that won’t... read more

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Kevin Nash
things not goes change as per by itself. you need to make the certain steps to get the changes.
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Lookig for Powder Coating Equipment in Melbourne

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How do I increase turnover?

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Ideal homeOwner at Ideal Home Storage
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Brian Bijdeveldt at Profitkoach
Paulette, Your problem can be caused by varied factors. Are you marketing and promoting the business consistently? Have you approached other businesses to form referral agreements? Are you keeping in touch with your existing clients and offering deals and special theme night packages? If you can't do this yourself (and you have some budget to allocate) get a marketing expert to help you set up a marketing campaign to start pulling customers in. If your business model ensures you can make a profit then more revenue is a good thing! Develop packages and up sells anchored by basic dishes. Without more info it is hard to give you a better answer...good luck. Regards, Brian Bijdeveldt
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6 things you should know before starting a business

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Isn't that the truth Jef! "I believe that Honesty and Transparency along with being Humble build a solid reputation. It may not be the quick way, but I believe it to be the right way." Agreed 100%. Aligning with 'slow and steady wins the race.'
Hi Sarah, I haven't heard of that saying before. Love it. So true.
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Work Inside The Box: The Rise Of The Shipping Container Office

Other than being a dedicated space for the running of business, an office is important because it... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I'm definitely a fan of re-purposing shipping containers. I'd definitely like to have an office / retail shipping container setup for my business, but I'm not sure about all the local regulations here in the United States (specifically Charleston, South Carolina). However, I think it is an inventive way to stretch money and end up with a unique solution.
Startup branding and PR

Is your brand up to scratch?

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Well written and helpful examples.
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Should you hire an agency to do your branding?

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I definitely agree that an outside perspective is beyond helpful. Sometimes you don't even know what questions to ask.
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10 key factors to consider when assessing your export readiness

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Should you share business ideas with others?

Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Nick,building on the previous answer, I would also say that there are really 2 schools of thought. I'm not talking until we all sing NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreements)I'm telling everyone I possibly can and hoping for feedbackIn the bright world of 2016 most people, companies and definitely Venture Capitalists (VCs) have stopped signing NDAs. Why? It isn't worth their time. Why else? It limits them from hearing an analyzing other ideas in a similar industry or field. It is really only needed if you have and are showing registered Intellectual Property (IP) such as Patents or Trade Secrets.The argument against NDAs is mentioned above. Execution is key. Everyone has ideas, in fact I have more than 8 notebooks filled front to back with more ideas than I could ever execute on. However in those notebooks they'll never turn into anything. I've tried to give some of the ideas away.Keep in mind, many people will belittle your ideas. It really is hard to get someone to steal your idea (most people wouldn't want to put in the effort). However, if absolutely no one wants to steal your idea, you may not be trying to create something that anyone (or at least not enough people want or need).If you aren't sharing your idea, you aren't getting feedback. Chances are, you'll need to make some tweaks to your original idea anyway. So be open about what you are trying to accomplish and realize that there is room for competition and that it is a healthy driver of innovation in and of itself.
Prosper TaruvingaDigital Marketing Expert at Livelong Digital Pty Ltd
The dream is for everyone, but the hustle is sold separately. What I mean here is, When you have an idea, it is worth nothing if it's not executed.So if you share your idea, someone may not execute it as much as you would or as good as you will. You can actually buy lists of ideas ready to implement, so your idea is only as good as the execution.You wanna know the wealthiest place in the world, Nick? It's not Dubai, It's not America. It's the graveyard!There you will find, dreams and ideas that were never realised. People die, clutching their ideas, books, or whatever gifts they have because either, they are not willing to execute or share with others what they have.Usually fear stops people from sharing their ideas. Fear of failure, fear of ridicule. That should not stop you from getting your idea out and getting feedback.Speaking of which, what was the idea about?
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Should you hire an agency to do your branding?

In a word, yes. There are many things that you can very capably do yourself, do in-house with your... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
The branding is definitely an important aspect that most business owner's do not fully grasp or understand. I think the creative agency also needs to educate the business owner on why the branding is so important and how to correctly implement it not just hand it over to them.
The fact that the potential value of a brand is rarely considered during its development is another failing of the DIY methodology. Your brand’s value (as well as its associated IP) may one day need fund your retirement, or form the basis of a national franchise.Every brand must be devoid of fatal impediments that restrict your capacity to grow regionally, diversify into new market revenue streams or simply attract investment capital. Your enterprises brand represents its potential value and is what every business owner works each day to create and sustain.I always emphasise that a genuine commercial brand must never include any content that appears on an envelope addressed personally to the business owner. There are very few legitimate exceptions to this rule.
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best way to launch my dental surgery business

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Just wanting peoples perspective if they have donated their time / equipment for a charity?

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If you saw a business name "balance personal finance consulting" what would you assume they do?

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Steve OsborneOwner at Smarthinking
I would assume the firm dealt primarily with helping Mums & Dads, young singles and those on limited budgets with budgeting, crisis financial management and getting out of debt.I might also expect basic help for low/small budget first time investors with getting into the share or property markets. I would not expect a firm with this name to be operating with high nett worth individuals.
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Have you considered engaging an Advisory Board member or a Corporate Mentor?

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Kirsty FoxPrincipal at Spitfire Solutions
I think it is a good idea. I think every business can benefit from an "Advisory Board". Probably the bigger question is who to have on your board. A mentor is an excellent starting point, and you need an "outsider" who can look at the business dispassionately.
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It's okay to make mistakes with your brand

Songkran in Thailand is New Year and it is celebrated every April. Songkran comes from the Sanskrit... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Some very insightful thoughts to consider.
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Are there differences between Chinese internet companies and the Silicon Valley model for internet companies?

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Do you see the value in AMAs?

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I think Steven has a good point about live Q&A sessions at the end of a panel discussion or presentation. However, I would argue that AMA's online are very successful and even celebrated. Everyone from celebrities to presidential candidates and others have done them on the online community Reddit.I think if the person is presenting a unique perspective or is someone that has lots of following it can be a very interesting thing to participate in either actively or passively.I really enjoyed being part of the SavvySME AMA's the last time they happened. I also enjoyed participating in the AMAs of others.
Steven FreemanOwner at Evolved Sound
This is popular at traditional business events when you have a panel of experts in front of the audience. I feel the value of this is stronger with a captive audience in the traditional world rather than online.
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