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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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things not goes change as per by itself. you need to make the certain steps to get the changes.
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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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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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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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.
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.
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.
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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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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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.
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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I know it all best happened of website marketing.
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.
Leadership

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

Welcome to 2017 Savvies! We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Great long tail read Yee! I'm definitely looking forward to all that 2017 has for my (ad)ventures. As well as my future contributions here.
James Huy VuongOwner at Your Accounting Partners
Awesome post, very insightful, definitely will share -- some great nuggets here! Thanks Yee.
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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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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Online businesses

How To Improve in Your eBusiness

You know your business is solid, you have a great product or service, you’ve nailed your website... read more

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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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Sarah Irwin SME Community Director at SavvySME
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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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Attracting talent and recruitment

Writing an Effective Expression of Interest Letter

An expression of interest letter is a brief, introductory letter sent by a person interested in a... read more

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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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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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Daniel Fah Director at CEO Strategic
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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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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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Import and Export

Choosing the Right Freight Forwarder

New to import or export and looking to ship products overseas? International freight can be complex... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
This isn't a topic I knew much about (as I'm not currently in a position to need such a service), but reading the article was educational for me. Thank you.
Branding

Let's Get to The Heart of Finding Your Brand Essence

As a brand consultant, I help translate visions into reality -- into communications that connect,... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Thanks for sharing this information. I think you add a lot of clarity.
Business coaching

My Story: Almost Losing My Life, Starting a Business, and Finding Myself Along The Way

I literally was a girl waking up from a coma trying to find her place in a big world. I didn't... read more

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Phil SealyOwner at Pro Leaders Academy
Great story and it is an inspiration to others that hope and the mind are amazing things that can make all the difference in a persons life. Thank you for sharing and inspiring others with the talents you have.
Cashflow management

How To Get Your Money Faster - Without The Hassle

Get Paid Sooner & Boost Your Cash flow Today’s strategy is a no-brainer, but one that can... read more

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Social media

Facebook Likes: How Important Are They to Your Business?

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Cashflow management

How to Improve Cash Flow for Small Business

Cash flow is the life blood of every business. It is consistently one of the top challenges I have... read more

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Jeff GordonPrincipal at Prestige SME Business Solutions
MS Data Intelligence (Michael Silberthau) has created a brilliant customised XL spreadsheet model that will make sure you control your Cash Flow really well. The "What If" option is great. Check out www.msdataintel.com.au, use this great option and sleep better at night!
Jeff GordonPrincipal at Prestige SME Business Solutions
By converting to Xero software, as a Business Owner you can turn on your PC, Ipad or IPhone every day and the KPI Dashboard that is great and will be even better in June 2015 when it is upgraded and improved. You will see Cash Flow from every angle, money in and out every day, all bank balances, problem debtors, main creditors you owe etc. Cash Flow is KING. You must watch it every day!
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 TrinhCo-founder 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!
Search engine marketing

AdWords and Analytics - Like Peas in a Pod!

On its own, AdWords is a fantastic marketing tool to drive relevant traffic to your website. It... read more

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Running your business

Time to Plan: How Can I Make the Budget Work Best for Me?

The financial year has ended and whether we like it or not, this means it is time to reassess our... read more

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Leadership

Walking The Leadership Talk

In theory, there's no difference between theory and practice - in practice there is. Yogi... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Really well thought out article. I tend to agree with all the key points you've made. I do think in both junior roles and initial management/leadership roles, there is a chicken and egg problem. Many people don't want to give you experience because you have no experience (so all you have is book knowledge at that point). The key to resolving this is partnering them with more experienced people in similar roles to help them excel. However, I can agree that in my experience I've worked with many people who tout their years of experience but cannot execute on the smallest tasks. A large problem I see is valuing years of experience and culture fit over people that can produce. I'm not saying having years of experience is bad (if you have great examples of how you applied it, that's awesome), but many times people use that to just get a higher salary/rate without being able to prove why they deserve it. Also, there is nothing wrong with hiring for a culture fit, but if you do so blindly you'll have unhappy people in roles they don't enjoy or even understand. Yes, most job skills can be learned, but hiring for culture fit and ignoring everything else about an applicant/work you'll do to the detriment of your company. I'm certain that using business methodologies like Lean and Agile where the focus is on production will lead to more meaningful results if you adhere to the core guidelines behind them. Produce quickly, get feedback and make updates quickly (rinse and repeat). The problem about talking is you'll never know if you are making progress or just arguing and wasting time for no reason.
Business coaching

Protect Your Focus or Face the Consequences

“I am amazed at the number of business owners who are saying that they are too busy –‘doing... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
This is a great article. It is true that many people lose their focus. I would say this is important not just for the business owner and/or the executive team, but for every person within the company (management and lead roles specifically). If there is not a clear focus from the top down, you can't expect each team member to have a laser focus either.
Online marketing

Question about Google Search: To Google or Not to Google Yourself

A common problem that comes up in the day to day running of many digital accounts is when clients... read more

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Ling LeeDirector at Japanese Sword Auctions Australia
I only search myself up to see how I'm faring on SEO :D
Yee TrinhCo-founder at SavvySME
Really informative article. Some great tips here that I hadn't known before. Thanks.
Sales and marketing

Articles Strategy Summary: How to Write Articles that Get Your Phone Ringing

Articles, whether they appear in magazines, newspapers, content websites, blogs or e-newsletters... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I've found this to be true as I've written with more frequency. I try to tweak and improve with every article and newsletter. I've come to enjoy the challenge of trying to create engaging content.
Running your business

Inefficiency in Business: Don’t Lose a Ferrari or A House Through the Back Door

What's the worst thing that could happen if there is inefficiency in your business? Every business... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Another great share. Mind the leaks.
Training and development

The 12 Challenges Of Building A VIP Team: Hiring The Right Individuals

In my recently launched book, The VIP Principle, I speak about the twelve challenges of building a... read more

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Kate BrownOwner at Raise the Bar- HR
Sounds like a great book Michelle with a lot of insights on managing all the challenges with building a team. We have used DiSC profiling with a great deal of success in selecting the right team and building the right culture and undertanding within the team
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
This article is very insightful and well written. I don't often go this far, but I feel like this article is worth bookmarking for easy revisiting.