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Leadership

“The essence of leadership”

I recently completed a series of short presentations on the 10 key aspects of SME Management.... read more

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Stephen Parker
This is clear and to the point, very powerful thanks
Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Sometimes when the business is not going so well 3 is that hardest to muster up! But it's so important so that everyone can have confidence in their job too :) Love this article!
Sales and marketing

Creating value in conversations

When we think about sales and sales-people, we instantly get the image of someone in a shiny suit... read more

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Leadership

Leader or manager? – vive la différence!

The terms leadership and management are often used to describe the same person or even used as... read more

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Leadership

The science of ‘appreciation’ – how to boost employee moral

Our core needs If you read my previous blog on ‘How to leverage progress to boost employee... read more

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Import and Export

Who is really to blame for your offshoring failures?

Offshore manufacturing has become the only option for many Australian industries competing in the... read more

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Brian Le Mon Owner at GBOS
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Graphic design

It’s Not You. It’s your Support Network.

When a creative block kicks in and you feel stuck, overwhelmed and unmotivated, it is easy to... read more

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Ling LeeDirector at Japanese Sword Auctions Australia
Thank you for sharing Maria! It gave me some ideas for how to find help for my startup :D
A good reminder Maria that no man is an island and as human beings we all need support around us. As business owners its critical if we want to succeed with our sanity in tack.
Leadership

Strength Through Diversity & Change

Diversity and Change are catalysts to growth and development, to new ideas and to improvement... read more

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Neil Steggall Partner at Wardour Capital Partners
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A very informative article. Thanks Neil.
Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
So true!!
Sales and marketing

Marketing Mistake # 8 | Failing to Use Testimonials

Testimonials are one of the most powerful tools any business owner can use, but also one of the... read more

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Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
Great post! I found the example of specific testimonial really helpful. I think social proofing is so important to get right for us as smaller businesses, since we're probably not as well know as some of the bigger brands. It's easy enough to put up a testimonial but if it's too generic, it is counter productive, or even be misconstrued as fake reviews if we're not careful. I like your suggestion about asking the right questions on how customers benefited from using the products, so that their feedback is specific enough to help build trust. Thanks Lisa.
Social media

3 Steps to Establish Your Brand's Twitter Presence

While many brands have a presence on the big three social networks - Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn... read more

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Andrew Hutchinson Writer/Consultant at www.andrewhutchinson.com.au
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Steven AbrahamOwner at Evolved Sound
Great article Andrew. The whole real time point is an important one. Sending out the same tweet multiple times per day can back fire in a spamming way and upset some followers. If you want maximum impact, probably some timing research may be the best bet as you said.
Andrew HutchinsonWriter/Consultant at www.andrewhutchinson.com.au
Thanks for reading, guys, look forward to contributing more in future.
Regulatory and compliance

Why Your Business Should Invest in OHS

Ethics It may come as warm and welcome information that in the current Australian business world... read more

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I couldn't agree more! We strive to adopt preventative measures in SME's so they can avoid the kind of OHS issues your friend's business had!
Ling LeeDirector at Japanese Sword Auctions Australia
Great article! A friend of mine recently had a major OHS issues that sucked him of thousands of dollars and a potential lawsuit. As the saying goes, a stitch in time saves nine!
Website

Pizza Making: The Perfect Recipe for Web Design

  Web design was something that was always in my New Year's resolution that I never got round... read more

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Ling Lee Director at Japanese Sword Auctions Australia
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Ling LeeDirector at Japanese Sword Auctions Australia
Thanks guys! Glad you all enjoyed it! :D
Phil JoelDirector at SavvySME
Awesome article Ling. I wonder where you got your Pizza inspiration from.
Sales and marketing

Marketing Mistake #13 | Not Selling To Your Existing Customers

Your best prospects are people who have purchased from you before. They have already experienced... read more

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Thanks Ling
Ling LeeDirector at Japanese Sword Auctions Australia
Thanks for the great article as always Lisa!
Finance and accounting

Early Warning Signs

The other week I wrote an article on what happens when things go wrong. Well today, I want to... read more

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Career planning and job search

5 Principles for Women Re-Entering the Workforce: Is It Too Late?

There are so many myths concerning women in business. But in today's market, women are actually... read more

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Ling LeeDirector at Japanese Sword Auctions Australia
Great article Barbara! Your article is such an inspiration to all women, whether they are re-entering the workforce, or changing careers.
Yee TrinhMarketing Manager at SavvySME
Great read Barbara. It's just a matter of summoning the courage to get back into it. Not as easy to do as it is to say unfortunately!
Sales and marketing

3 Ways To Leverage LinkedIn Groups for Business Development

Once you have created an optimised LinkedIn Profile that is rich with keywords and highly... read more

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Online marketing

YouTube Tools for Success

When it comes to search volume, it might surprise a lot of people to know that YouTube is the... read more

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Today, brands have stepped up their game on You Tube and posting a videos on you-tube that people seek out and choose to watch, every day .
Miscellaneous

What can I do on SavvySME

Getting started Step 1: Fill in your profile People like doing business with people they can... read more

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Franchising

Buying a Franchise? 6 Important Things to Consider

Without a doubt, buying a franchise is a big decision, and often times choosing the right... read more

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Good Advice John
Customer acquisition

Top 10 Tender Writing Mistakes

Let's be honest. Most businesses would prefer not to have to write a tender or a proposal to... read more

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Cashflow management

Driving Business Performance in Difficult Economic Times

It’s said that a week is a long time in politics. In the context of business, a week can be the... read more

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Social media

Are you all bitter and twittered? You're not alone.

Twitter is touted by many as a great business tool, but if you're still grappling with the concept,... read more

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Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
Thanks David. I think there are more than just a few who're in the same boat, but I thought I'll break the ice and call the spade a spade. I don't believe in following the mainstream unless we know exactly why and how to use the tool effectively, otherwise it could do our business more harm than good. It's easy to fall in the trap of wasting precious time and resources with nothing to show for.
Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
Great response Matt. I think you've hit the nail on the head with the 'how' and 'why' you use Twitter, hence an integral part of your business strategy. I agree that it's not about a popularity contest with 3000 or 30000 followers, but that we can engage meaningfully with the right business audience.
Search engine marketing

What Google Wants – An Overview of SEO and Why it’s Crucial for Your Business

The honest truth on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is that SEO is pretty difficult to... read more

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Social media

12 tips to make Twitter work for your business

Whilst the uptake of Twitter in Australia is low compared to the US and the UK, Twitter is about... read more

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Phil Khor Founder at SavvySME
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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Great tips Phil!
Business advisory

Business Structures. Which ones to choose from?

Every start-up business has this question in mind. “Which business structure is best for me and my... read more

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Taxation

Tax Planning Tips

Tax planning season is fast approaching! If you have a small business and you want to decrease the... read more

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Peter Locandro Principal Accountant at ZJL Partners
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Peter LocandroPrincipal Accountant at ZJL Partners
Hi Phil, great to see you enjoyed the article. We also believe a little tax planning can go a long way for long term small business success!
Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
Thanks Peter, awesome article. It's timely advice too because tax planning should never be a last minute affair. With cash flow always topping the list of concerns for small business, good tax planning and management goes a long way (e.g. your tips on income in advance or deferral). I reckon the services of a good tax accountant / specialist pays for itself many times over. Good one Peter.
Managing employees

How To Create and Implement A Workplace Checklist

Opponents of expansive workplace and warehouse safety incentive programs complain the programs are... read more

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Business coaching

Starting a Small Business: What Lifestyle Do You Really Want?

I was happier creating businesses' than simply making cash in a business that I hated. I could have... read more

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Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
Awesome article! I agree, it is about freedom, and the right mindset and sheer determination to create a 'buffer' to get out of the rat race. Some of the wealthiest people I know are incredibly modest and down to earth. It's easy to fall into the trap of what the society perceived as wealth generally (nice cars, etc), but as business owners, if we consciously driven only by what others think of us, we risk not being fair to ourselves, our goals and arguably, even our loved ones. Thanks Anthony. Good food for thought.
Running your business

Have You Got Sustained Business Motivation?

At the moment, I am lucky enough to be in beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand.  I had the privilege... read more

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Phil JoelDirector at SavvySME
Hi Peter, in my mind what separates a great business from average businesses is great businesses have very clear what's and why's which I believe are their vision / mission. Strategy is about how to get there so the vision (what and why) can't be about revenue or profits - that is one of the outcomes of what the business does.
Peter LocandroPrincipal Accountant at ZJL Partners
Thanks Wendy! I found meeting Natalie Cook really inspiring so it is great to be able to pass a little bit of that inspiration on :)
Social media

Why you should reply your comments

If you've ever posted anything on social media this applies to you.  Even though it seems like a... read more

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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Wow thanks for the great story Peter. It's amazing how many people you can affect by posting things up online and not even know it. I'm glad that guy got in touch with you :) also shows the personal branding touch "the hat" you've been using is working really well :) And I agree sometimes coming back and sharing how much the original poster has helped you with your business really makes the "giving" action all worthwhile for the original poster :)!!
thanks for posting your great article Wendy...
Career planning and job search

Resignation Letters: How To Go About Writing One

There are many instances in which you may need to change jobs and wonder how to write your... read more

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Damian Wolf Self at Self
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Damian WolfSelf at Self
Thanks Eric.
Eric PhuahOwner at Hystericalz Pty Ltd
Will keep your tips in mind next time I resign, hopefully in no time soon :)
Social media

10 Popular social media websites

Social media websites are growing to the point where businesses can pick and choose which are the... read more

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Eric PhuahOwner at Hystericalz Pty Ltd
Thanks David!
David PriceOwner at Price Advertising
Nice, neat summary, Eric, Very useful
Social media

Top social networking sites and some that you have to know of

“Research out today shows more than three quarters (78 per cent) of small businesses in Australia... read more

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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Great summary and informative article! Looking forward to more articles :D
Glen RothquelGet More Clients, Lead Generation and Conversion, Marketing at Leads 2 Profits: Financial Adviser Marketing;
Great article Han! Found some new discoveries in this list I'd like to try out soon.
Public relations

Press releases and websites that helps you get the word out

A press release is pseudo-news story, written in third person that seeks to demonstrate to an... read more

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Han Teng
Thank you for your kind comment :)
Glen RothquelGet More Clients, Lead Generation and Conversion, Marketing at Leads 2 Profits: Financial Adviser Marketing;
Great list! Thanks Han!
Attracting talent and recruitment

Would you accept to be interview by a robot for your dream job?

Going to a job interview, it is already nerve wrecking, but what about if the interviewer is a... read more

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Eric PhuahOwner at Hystericalz Pty Ltd
Interesting article Frederique. I think I would prefer having a human interview me over a robot. If they have their own prerequisites for the perfect candidate, that's just another thing you have to study before interviews to try to 'beat' the robot and get the job. It would seem like it's getting away from the purpose of the interview and just trying to beat the system.
Selling online

Online and offline integration

All too often people fail to see the connection between their online and offline part of the... read more

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Eric PhuahOwner at Hystericalz Pty Ltd
Very true about people getting frustrated if they cannot find your business. Useful tips on getting consumers interested as well. Great article Han!
Budgeting and forecasting

Difference Between a Budget and a Cashflow

It is often confusing as to the difference between a budget and a cashflow forecast. They seem to... read more

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Great article! Especially important to note the difference between your payment terms and when your customers pay. Look at this customer by customer, especially for new ones. I mostly work in and with service businesses, and once a service is delivered it's hard to 'take it back' if you don't get paid. So short payment terms and commencement deposits are great ways to minimise risk.
Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
Wow, awesome article Leanne. I really like how you summarise the differences, it has helped cleared up some misconceptions. Thanks.