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5 Startup Ideas that Even College Dropouts Can Succeed With

In today's Internet and tech-driven world there's one thing everyone knows very well about: you... read more

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ANZ and NAB just backed Stone & Chalk to open a new Melbourne fintech hub

If you are a new fintech startup in need of space and a little mentorship, then there's some good...read more

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Investor funding and capital

How to Raise Your First Round of Funding

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Measuring startup success

10 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Entrepreneurial Success

So you've got your genius business plan, enough capital, and maybe even a team of passionate people...read more

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Internet Entrepreneur Smackdown: These 5 Mistakes Could Hurt Your Business

If you have ever felt like you are trying so hard, yet still failing, you are not alone. But the...read more

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The 10 Commandments of Business

If you're a startup, you need to follow these 10 rules to the letter.read more

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CBA: Get ready for higher business investment in 2018

Investment for business is forecasted to continue its upward trend in 2018.read more

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How to win the interest of investors when pitching

When pitching your idea to investors, ensure your concept is clear, compelling, and begins with a... read more

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Thanks Jef, yes anticipating the investors in the room and their interests will help. Great input!
Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
This article is full of detailed information for entrepreneurs just starting out on their journey. Also, make sure that you adapt your pitch and presentation based on the investors in front of you as best you can. Different things motivate different (kinds and types of) investors. Do your research on them ahead if at all possible. It will help you better connect with them based on their experience and expectations.
Business ideas and monetising new concepts

3 Tips for Starting a Company in an Unfamiliar Industry

It's not crazy, and it's actually doable. Ignorance of the market can make it possible for you to...read more

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4 Tips for Building a Million-Dollar Business

How does one startup become a successful business, and most others fall by the wayside? There's no...read more

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$1 billion raised in Australian venture capital over the last year, report finds

The venture capital sector in Australia sees increased vitality, making it easier for startups to...read more

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Product Validation: How to pre-sell

Before you invest all your time and money into a product, build an audience that would be... read more

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Yee TrinhCofounder at SavvySME
Great article James. Such a good practical read. Putting to use. Would love to see more of your work!
Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Talking to potential (or target) users definitely makes a world of difference. You hit on some of the most important aspects of that approach as well. Be open to what they say and listen (ideally take notes and/or record - with permission of course). The second is not steering them to the idea you already have (or if you are having them test your actual idea - ensure that you get honest feedback). The last part of that is don't dismiss those you interview. If your product doesn't match, make changes to your product don't keep looking for users that will validate what you have (that will just give you false positives and waste additional time, effort and money).
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How to Efficiently Grow a Small Business on a Tight Budget

Small businesses that are just starting out have to use their money as wisely as possible, getting... read more

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Nice one.
Sharlyn Harville
Sharlyn Harville
Help with growing a small business? Essay Help i have a small lawn mowing business that i would like to expand could anyone give me any ideas on doing this the right way. i have a very good name with all my current customers but would some new ideas on or thoughts from people as to what makes them choose a business to attend to their needs over another. also i want to get into ride on work does anyone have any ideas, please
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7 Common Challenges For Startups In The Vacation Rental Market

Challenges for startups can come in a variety of packages. These can range from technical... read more

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Thank you, Phil! I'm glad you find the article useful.
Phil Khor
Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
Great article, I reckon #2 is top of mind for me. It's all about the quality of your partners, service providers, villa owners / operators. That is ultimately going to be the make or break for startups. The rest is critical too, but quality products or offerings is always the first pre-requisite. Thanks for sharing David.
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How Recycling Cuts Costs and Attracts Customers For Your Café & Restaurant

Running a small business is a difficult and challenging vocation, no matter what industry you’re... read more

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Great article, love the compost idea and using it for a herb garden, especially for a restaurant! Thanks for sharing.
Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Lots of engaging tie-ins, great post.
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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things not goes change as per by itself. you need to make the certain steps to get the changes.
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 Hutchin
Lauren HutchinFounder/ business manager 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 Hutchin
Lauren HutchinFounder/ business manager at My Marketing Friend
Hi Sarah, I haven't heard of that saying before. Love it. So true.
Startup branding and PR

Is your brand up to scratch?

Your brand identity speaks louder than anything in your business. It sums up everything that your... read more

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Jef Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Well written and helpful examples.
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Your Startup's First Office Space: 4 Things to Consider

Securing your first office space marks a major first milestone in the life of a startup. It can be... read more

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Should you hire an agency to do your branding?

Yes. There are many things that you can very capably do yourself, do inhouse with your team or... read more

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Jef Lippiatt
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.
Startup branding and PR

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 Lippiatt
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.
John Eustace
John EustacePrincipal / Communications and Media Strategist at Bells and Whistles Marketing Pty Ltd
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.
Startup branding and PR

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 Lippiatt
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Some very insightful thoughts to consider.
Business ideas and monetising new concepts

This VR Company Wants to Add Missile Explosions and Race Cars to Your Workout

Many people watching new startups and online companies would have already noticed that Virtual...read more

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4 Investments Every Startup Owner Should Make This Year

Startups and SMEs have more in common than you might think. Smaller business have a great...read more

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Is the Sharing Economy High Over?

Startups that that were a little too quick to jump on a bandwagon are closing down at alarming...read more

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Qantas partners with TEDxSydney to host tech talks on flight to San Francisco

Qantas have thought of a great way to market their re-launch of the route between to two cities - a...read more

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Women outnumber men on LaunchVic advisory board

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Starting a Business in 2016? Avoid These 5 'Beginner' Mistakes.

There any many pitfalls in starting your own business, and entrepreneurs wanting to set up a new...read more

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Adelaide entrepreneurs encouraged to apply for Venture Catalyst seed funding program

Increasing business research collaboration is good for all business everywhere, even the ones on...read more

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4 Essentials for Achieving the Entrepreneurial Dream

Starting your own small business (or even a larger one depending on what you're ultimately hoping...read more

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Onwards and upwards

Failing Forward

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

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Lina Barfoot
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.
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5 Things You Need to Know Before Starting Your Own Business

Starting your own business is a dream for many. However, any entrepreneur wanting to set up their...read more

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50 Most Fun Home-Based Businesses

Starting your own small business is not necessarily all about making money, it can also be a way to...read more

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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 Lippiatt
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.
Product development

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

Instead of Worrying About Products vs. Features, Focus on Building Solutions. That’s just a...read more

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River City Labs announces three month extension to its first muru-D accelerator program

River City Labs announces three month extension to its first muru-D accelerator program. The five...read more

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