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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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Sales and marketing

Top 5 Benefits of Using a Copywriter in Your Business

Communication is evolving at lightning speed. We see millions of written messages every day, many... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Very well written with compelling points.
Human resources

The Hidden Money, The Myths and How The Right Questions Can Save Business Owners Thousands

Overpayment of a “love to hate” Whilst insurance is a ‘must have’ that some Australian’s love to... read more

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Business coaching

Email Marketing Delivers Returns

Social media marketing may be sexy but email marketing is likely to get you more bang for your... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Definitely a helpful article.
Sales and marketing

The problem with Millennials

Oh, dear lord, where do I start? A topic as rich in ammunition and indeed as polarising as "The... read more

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Hamish Anderson Founder and Director at Mesh Consulting
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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Hamish, You make some great points, however, I have a bit of alternative perspective to put out there. I'm on the "high end" of millennial. I was born in 1983 (I have a sister that was born in 1980 an GenXer). I don't see us as that different. I really loathe being lumped in with millennials. Why? Many of the stereotypes you've put forward are indeed stereotypes for a good reason. I find that the generation has not only become wholly reliant on technology but they are are addicted to it. Many simply couldn't function without blazing fast internet/wifi/LTE and they would especially not function well without their smartphones. What problems does this bring? Many don't know how to actually have an in-depth or even casual small talk with others. Many of them refuse to "talk on the phone" as they would rather text a stream of emoji or send an awkward snapchat. They have zero patience. Whether that is in traffic, waiting for something to be released, etc. They grew up with getting basically everything "right now". Obviously speed is a good thing in most situations but it doesn't teach perseverance. My biggest concern is the amount of millennials that only consume content from others without creating anything original themselves (sure many create a boat load of selfies, but that isn't exactly quality content). Sure there are plenty bucking the trend, but not enough. It is great to stay up to date and on the edge of innovation, however, their utter lack of retaining knowledge is frightening. Sure you can "Google" anything and everything, but many things are worthwhile to actually learn and retain.
Copywriting, content writing and blogging

Is Your Post Ready to Be Published?

So you have written many blog posts and you are proud of them. That sounds great but how many of... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Lots of great advice!
Franz XqojoteChief at CSGO BOOSTING
Thanks.
Selling online

New! Shopping Tags for Better Product Discovery on Instagram

New! Instagram Shopping Tags for Better Product Discovery Everyone loves Instagram. However, the... read more

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Sales and marketing

4 Ways To Write Better Copy

Copywriting is basically a balancing act. To achieve success, you must resolve the greatest author... read more

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Web design and development

Website Design Check That You Should Not Ignore

Designing a website is not easy rather it is arduous and complicated. You will have to communicate... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
There definitely is some great information to keep in mind with your article, however, I find some of it to be a bit out of date (e.g. Mootools and supporting IE6). Also there are great frameworks to allow you to prototype in code instead of creating static designs and then translating it to code, Twitter Bootstrap and Zurb Foundation are two of the most popular. Having Photoshop skills are great, but if you are looking for a much lower barrier to entry, consider using free and open-source software like GIMP (basically Photoshop) and Inkscape (similar to Adobe Illustrator) for your needs. In fact Inkscape's native file output is ".SVG" which is great since HTML5 picked up native support for SVG.
Cashflow management

Free money: how to get your hands on government grants for your agency

Oh, to be a kid again. It might be the only time in your life free money existed. Sure, you might... read more

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Web design and development

Top Considerations before you Invest in Going Online

We have all heard it before: Every business needs to have an online presence to be successful.... read more

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The top considerations before going any ware in marketing are how well douse the considered option fit with your business plan and marketing strategy. Going on-line is just one of so many options, it is likely that it is neither important or affordable for some enterprises, and essential for others.
Online marketing

Facebook’s Latest Update Is A Win For Small Businesses!

Order food, book appointments and more, directly from Facebook! With Facebook already dominating... read more

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Jasmine RawlinsonDigital Content Writer at SponsoredLinX
Valid points Jeff!
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Although this could have a good impact, it could be perceived as negative as well. Why? Facebook has a terrible history with Privacy (or private information). I myself am disinclined to use such a service that will further track my habits and spending patterns. I am baffled by the notion that calling a business is such a "hassle". Heaven forbid we keep going this direction and lose all ability to communicate with one another vocally in the future. I dread a world where we only know how to construct thoughts using a random pattern of emoji.
Social media

How to Foster Better Customer Loyalty Using Social Media

How to Encourage Better Customer Loyalty Using Social Media A rule of business has always been... read more

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Cashflow management

Australia’s Long Payment Culture - the real impact on Small and medium sized business

Small and medium sized businesses employ 7 million Aussies (70% of workforce) and generate over 50%... read more

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Lachlan HandleyDirector at FIFO Capital NSW
Dun & Bradstreet compiles some really interesting analysis around speed of invoice payments (D&B Australian Trade Payment Analysis - http://dnb.com.au/article-tpa-3Q16-report.html#.WCpI9Vu9Y4A). The most recent report for the three months to September 2016 shows the national average time for an invoice to be paid is 45 days. As Alistair notes, large companies are often the slowest payers and use their position to stretch payment to suppliers, often 60 pays plus!
Managing employees

Boss V Buddy

Too often in business when a frontline person steps up to a leadership role there is no guidance on... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I do think that leaders need to live out the values they are saying the value and want the rest of the rest of the team to follow. The "do as I say, not as I do" mentality doesn't work. The other thing is transparency. As a leader you need to known failures. Stay humble and let the team know you will do better, don't just say it. Put your learning into action. Above all, remain teachable.
Advertising

Why your advertising is failing!

Why do companies advertise? It seems like a silly question but ask most people and you’ll find most... read more

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Website

(SEO) Safety First - Why you should switch to HTTPS

​             In 2014, Google announced on its Webmaster Blog that it would be using HTTPS... read more

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Search engine marketing

What is Panda 4.0 and Why Is It So Important?

It’s something we’ve all been waiting for ever since the rollout of Penguin 3.0 in October of... read more

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Managing employees

Alcohol, Drugs and Safety at Work

October is Safe Work Month - talk about the impact of alcohol and drugs in your workplace. We’ve... read more

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Social media

Facebook Messenger Day: Is every social media platform out to emulate Snapchat these days?

Is every social media platform out to emulate Snapchat these days? It certainly feels that way... read more

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Public relations

10 of The Best Copywriting Tools – For Free (or Very Cheap)

As a small business owner, you know how important first-rate copy is to your business. Your... read more

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Sales and marketing

4 Ways To Help You Facilite Better Social Media Engagement

One headache for small businesses and new online entrepreneurs regards the fact that everyone... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I think it is also important not to try to "win" on too many different social media platforms at the same time. Figure out a strategy that works on one platform before jumping onto another platform. Each ecosystem has unique quirks and a winning strategy on one doesn't mean you can replicate it on other outlets with the same response.
Search engine marketing

Think Black Hat SEO Is A Smart Option? Think Again

Seriously, you DON’T want to go there By now, most marketers are aware that Black Hat SEO isn’t a... read more

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This is quite true , 10 high quality links is far better than 1 million spammy links. I think these days less is more in a way. I'm sure Google has something built into their algorithm , such as % of good links relative to non-good links and plugs this into the overall result. Which begs the question , 10 goods , 5 mediums , and 100 spams .. better or worse than 8 goods , 1 mediums , and 10 spams ? Hmm! https://www.purelocal.com.au
Business planning

Fun In Business: Are we having Fun yet?

How do we measure Fun in Business and what's in it for the cows? Just because it’s improved the... read more

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Web design and development

Cool Tips For SEO Friendly Web Design

Making a website SEO friendly is one of the major challenges that a website designer face. It means... read more

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Copywriting, content writing and blogging

Six Reasons Your Business Needs to Hire a Copywriter

If you are in any way responsible for marketing a business online, you’ve no doubt heard the... read more

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Linda Paull at Linda Paull Copywriter
Thats right Jeff. Getting someone to help strategise and maybe write some key posts and pages for you is a good idea, but don't forget you can always re-purpose your content too after it's been written.
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Very well stated points. I definitely see the benefit from getting an outside perspective on my material from time to time. I think another thing that is helpful is a content and copy guidelines document. This isn't meant to replace a copywriter rather enhance understanding. A copywriter can't help with every single written piece of communication. The guideline helps people keep the proper brand voice and tone intact for smaller tasks and communications.
Business coaching

Get clear on your business journey

Your business is a journey. And it should be an enjoyable one. Too many people create businesses... read more

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Paul FarinaOwner at Fresh Eye Solutions
As a coach I see a lot of value in these steps - thanks Sandy!
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
This definitely helped fill my inspiration and motivation tank. Thank you.
Online marketing

Your Small Business Needs SEO: Here Are 4 Reasons Why

  In a world where practically everything is digital, you belong to the other end of the spectrum... read more

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Copywriting, content writing and blogging

Tips to undoing “writers block”

Run a small business? Heard about the importance of doing regular content marketing? Of adding... read more

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Hamish Anderson Founder and Director at Mesh Consulting
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Great, thanks Hamish!
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I always find it interesting to get a look behind the curtain of the creative processes other people use. Thanks for sharing.
Sales and marketing

How to prepare your business for the busy season

Whether it is the pre Christmas period, the beginning of the school year or even the summer,... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
This is definitely information to keep in mind as I scale. Thank you.