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33 Free Design Tools and Resources to Turn Anyone Into a Graphic Designer

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Leadership

How to Build the Best Company Culture

Every company likes to think they have a great culture but ask the leadership to pin down precisely... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Definitely a great write up. Culture is very important. The main point that it can't just become a hollow statement is doubly important. Employees need to see the actions behind the words (in fact they may just need to see the actions). When only lip-service is paid to culture, people will bemoan meetings that come off as totally tone deaf. If you are telling them to do as you say and not as you do, you're setup for losing great employees and undermining the goals of your company.
Cashflow management

Cash Flow: The Oxygen of Business

We’ve all seen enough movies to know how to conserve oxygen if we’re stuck in a lift. Don’t speak... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Very insightful piece, thanks for sharing.
Telecommunications, mobile and wireless

The Most Popular Mobile App Development Tips for Luring Users

These days businesses are thinking about strategies beyond creating the responsive design of their... read more

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Regulatory and compliance

Medicinal Cannabis and the Workplace

Earlier this year, the Australian parliament passed new laws allowing medicinal cannabis to be... read more

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John EustaceOwner at Bells and Whistles Marketing Pty Ltd
Munchies breaks? ;-0
Copywriting, content writing and blogging

The Power of the Guest Blog

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Great article. I've definitely benefited from building my own audience and getting asked to write a handful of other blogs. I find it gratifying to share a unique perspective that those readers may not have considered before. This year I'm working to feature more people on my blog(s)
Superannuation

The Sorry State of Australia's Superannuation Debate

When it comes to fiscal policy there is little that unites the income spectrum but here in... read more

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Sales and marketing

Mastering Product Knowledge Before your First Sales Pitch

        Consumers today are socially networked, digitally connected, and favor detailed... read more

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Running your business

Marketing the New Way | How to Market your Business for Free

Marketing is ever changing. Marketing 5 years ago is different to today and it will be different... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Definitely a lot of great advice in the article.
Business planning

When Is the Right Time in Life to Go into Small Business?

There’s an old proverb that says “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second... read more

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Website

Be Content with your Website’s Content

In today’s digital savvy world, an online presence is key for your business. Your website is a... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I really like, "Think about the who, not just the what"!
Copywriting, content writing and blogging

Plagarisim in Journalism | Unmasked as a fraud – All too easy!

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Nancy Lin at Nancy Lin - Freelance writer
John, I agree with your thoughts about plagiarism in this article. I was there - my well-researched article was once stolen and republished by other person. The most embarrassing part was that the stolen article received a positive acclaim from readers, likes, shares and comments.... Fortunately, I proved that I was the author of the piece ( I had to attach screenshots and plagiarism report from Unplag.com). Content writers, freelancers and journalists have to defend their authorship, because creating original stories is a part of their jobs. Of course, you can't stop the plagiarism rush, but you could point to original source of the materials and gain an advantage from this situation.
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Definitely an important topic. I've seen this done across several blogs. I've also seen entire articles copied and the only thing that was changed were the article's images. On LinkedIn, I've even seen regular professionals copy and paste another's LinkedIn article and posted as if their own from the sense of "helping spread the message" instead of liking and/or just sharing that individuals article. I would call that unintended plagiarism (but having good intentions doesn't mean you still aren't infringing or at the very least confusing others).
Leadership

How To Prepare Your Business For The Year Ahead | Must Read For Business Owners And Leaders

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Yee TrinhCo-founder at SavvySME
On point Greg. Nike said it best: Just do it.
Greg RogersFounder and CEO at REthink HQ
Awesome article, without doubt every word and phrase spot on, true, accurate, appropriate etc. Here is an interesting take though. My belief is that most people (in or not in business) 'know' most of it. What I mean is that they might not associate with or use the exact phrase/technical term/theory/model/word but they kinda 'know' what they need to do. The biggest gap is taking the 'knowing' to the 'doing'. Moving one's self from the state of knowing - knowledge or learning or teaching or training or coaching or mentoring; to the state of doing - action or task or behaviour. When I work with business owners or individuals this comes up as the biggest hurdle and obstacle, and let's face it, we all know (there is that word again!) it as mindset. Once in the 'doing' state if it's reinforced and rewarded enough, then we start to move from the 'doing' to the 'being'. The most important component here is that the reinforcement/reward needs to be tied to the actual 'doing'. What you have left over is the result! Finally when we are in the 'being' state it's - second nature or just what we do or habit or....and this is where the real magic happens. Seems simple enough but if it was that easy then most of us on here wouldn't have jobs or businesses! Again loved the read, it was great to validate some of my own knowing, I'm now off to do some doing and being! Cheers
Social media

Avoiding a Social Media Nightmare

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If the complaint is vexatious, and fraudulent and not a real customer... There are businesses out there under US jurisdiction that allow any person to write any defamatory content, unverified, and will refuse to remove it, and don't have to under US law. In this area I specialise, and sadly you then have to: a) Not be scammed by the SRM companies that will promise to 'bury' the false post; b) Get a court order against the poster, sending it to the site, deeming it defamatory with no guarantee of it being removed; or c) Attempt to travel down the road of 'Duffy vs Google' and sue the search engine for defamation as it is now case law that Google is a secondary publisher in Australia only. There are many types of extortion companies out there that will claim to remove false complaints including the complaint company hosting the page itself. You should never resort to paying them. In other cases involving certain your own copy and pasted information in the complaint or images you , you can easily file a DMCA takedown notice if it infringes your copyright.
John EustaceOwner at Bells and Whistles Marketing Pty Ltd
Point well made Sarah. A significant proportion of Australian business owners also miss the fact that almost all of the major on-line business directory sites have automatically established listing for their business. An increasing number are (or have already), enabled consumer rating and testimonial facilities to assist people using the directory to get other's comparative opinions on listed enterprises. Every business owner should Google their business name and visit all of the (up to 20+) directories that are likely to have auto listed them. Many have an “is this your business” feature enabling you to claim and manage its content. Make sure you monitor them all as even an obscure industry or professional association directory can be the catalyst for a viral attack and a commercially damaging result that is invariably difficult to recover from.
Running your business

4 Simple Steps to Grow Your Small Business

Thinking about expanding the potential of your business? Owning a small business can be... read more

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IT support and consulting

Handling IT Environment Management with Specialised Tools

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Running your business

6 Tips for Start-ups Wanting to Take Advantage of the Free Trade Agreement to Source from China

With the signing of the free trade agreement (CHAFTA) there is a big opportunity for Australian... read more

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Running your business

Simple Ways to Increase Your Productivity

What could you do with a few extra hours every week? People who win in business tend to be those... read more

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Onwards and upwards

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.
Human resources

Are you looking for free open source HR software?

HR Software Are you looking for free open source HR software? Do you want to experience the... read more

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Running your business

For Start-Ups, a Good Chief Financial Officer can be Worth their Weight in Gold

For Start-Ups, a Good Chief Financial Officer Can be Worth Their Weight in Gold If you’re a... read more

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Online marketing

Why You Need to Add These 3 Things to Your Content Strategy

While everything in the world of PR and Marketing is speed racing to new levels, one thing remains.... read more

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Seowriting Tipssocial media mrketing at Social Shouter
I know it all best happened of website marketing.
John EustaceOwner at Bells and Whistles Marketing Pty Ltd
I would hazard to add that without a well considered visual component you have no 'Content Strategy' at all! No workable Marketing strategy it has ever neglected visual presentation Maria, so to suggest that it has been "long neglected in marketing until more recent times," is irrational and simply not true.
Miscellaneous

What books Bill Gates read in 2016

You would think the tech-entrepreneur would be Podcasting, watching video tutorials or enjoying a... read more

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Sales and marketing

How to Generate Leads for your Business

The internet has been a great leveller for attracting new customers but it’s also saturated the... read more

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Integrating online and offline

Why Digital Printing is Essential for Your Business

The world of marketing and advertising is undergoing some rapid changes in response to the way... read more

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Social media

Up Close And Personal

Let me cut to the chase, using video in your business is important. That probably isn't a... read more

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Legal

Five tips to protect your business from identity thieves

Most of us are well aware of the risk of personal identity theft, but what about business identity... read more

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Running your business

Know Thy Enemy: The Importance of Competitor Analysis

When you think of great business quotes few people will immediately think of Sun Tzu but the great... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Definitely an interesting and worthwhile read. Both internal and external knowledge should constantly be circulating to keep your team informed.
Web design and development

Designing our digital life: how UX designers are shaping our modern reality

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Business ideas and monetising new concepts

6 things you should know before starting a business

That moment when 'doors are open' there's no turning back. Jumping in the deep end and 'learning... read more

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Lauren HutchinOwner at My Marketing Friend
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.'
Lauren HutchinOwner at My Marketing Friend
Hi Sarah, I haven't heard of that saying before. Love it. So true.
Finance and accounting

Why Your Winning Strategy Needs to Come from Finance

When it comes to making corporate strategy the more informed the board is the better decisions they... read more

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Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
Great article Peter, I agree thats expectations of CFOs and their departments have grown over the years i.e. for CFO's to be more strategic, and advise on strategic matters as oppose to simply churning out management reports. Similarly, I expect good accountants for small businesses are those who are able to advise (or at least influence) on the direction of a business rather than simply to fulfil minimum ATO obligations such as BAS and tax returns. Thanks for sharing.
Managing employees

How To Attract Millennials (Without Lure Modules)

The era of the baby boomers as the dominant generation is coming to an end as our parents start to... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I think it is important to have a welcoming atmosphere for all generations. I think by pandering too much to one group you will unintentionally disengage other groups. For example, I think seniors ( those 55+) feel marginalized as well. I think having knowledge transfers and cross-training roles is important. Flexible hours are great and so is working remotely, however you also need to have some face time with peers (yes, actually in person) to engage culturally and to really become a cohesive unit.
Sarah IrwinSME Community Director at SavvySME
Think you hit the nail on the head here. As a Millennial, I have always worked my best where I was trusted to schedule myself to when I was most productive. Culture has always rated above salary for my potential job prospects and clients. I must admit enjoying playing Pokemon while the craze was at it's height. As a typical Millennial, I was happy to be amongst the thick of it.
Sales and marketing

5 ways to market your jewellery business

5 ways to market your jewellery business Whether  you create personalised one off pieces or you... read more

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Commercial property

The Top Four Things To Consider Before Entering A Commercial Lease

If you own a business, chances are you may need to consider entering into a commercial lease. So... read more

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Human resources

Christmas Parties – nothing to worry about…right?

Making sure there is plenty of booze is not the only thing you need to worry about at this year's... read more

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Sarah IrwinSME Community Director at SavvySME
I always enjoyed parties that didn't have alcohol as the focus. I loved doing scavenger hunts and particularly enjoyed events that included entire families (with jumping castles etc for the kids) because people behaved better and much less alcohol was consumed.
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Definitely important things to keep in mind.
Social media

6 LinkedIn Hacks That Will Grow Your Network Instantly

Though many LinkedIn users are only drawn by the prospect of landing a job, there are plenty of... read more

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