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Maria Harutyunyan

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Hi, I’m Maria and I am a logophile. Nope, it’s not a syndrome or phenomenon, it simply means that I love words. Writing and editing have been my passions for as long as I can remember. So, I made my way to being an editor. To write articles you need to research, and for research you need to Google. Did I mention that I’m curious? Well, I am, so I started looking at Google in depth and soon specialised in SEO. Thanks for sticking with me through this intro; I hope to have fun with your words too.

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Ling Lee
Ling Lee, at Digital Marketing and Personal Branding

Startup

How much computer programming experience did you have before starting OzBargain?

Good to know about Ozbargain. Nowadays, many entrepreneurs start a business without programming experience and background. For one, the skill can be learned if they have the drive. And another reason is the abundance of local and overseas programmers available. In this growing gig economy, you can easily hire app developers, website programmers, UX designers to build the product you need.

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What is a SEO reseller?

 Digital marketing and advertising companies or agencies typically use SEO resellers, who do SEO work for your business, which is then passed off as your agencies' work to your clients. They are a great option if you own a marketing company and need to expand your line of offerings to offer SEO services to your clients, without hiring full-timers or freelancers, which can be costly or hard to manage. You can put in a free quote here to find SEO resellers in Australia   

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Official FAQ
Official FAQ, Inquisitor at SavvySME

Digital Marketing

How do you choose the best digital marketing agency for your small business?

 I agree with Eric. While it’s natural to choose based on price, awards and reputation, I think one of the most important factors in selecting a digital marketing agency, is their willingness to listen and collaborate towards a shared goal.They need to be not just interested, but invested in your brand, products, how you do things, customers and competitors. This is because no two business are alike, and a good digital agency will find the time to know you and tailor their approach to each client. This is the building block towards a long-term partnership. Sure, you can hire a “rah-rah” marketing agency, launch a big campaign with decent results and then flicker after. At the end of the day, it’s about working towards a mutual goal and vision. You can also assess the talent they have. This may or may not be easy to spot after several discussions. Awards and recognition may give you some insight but not the full picture. I’d also say that talent has something to do with the agency’s culture. A digital marketing agency that is open to feedback and eagerly learning can mean that their graphic designers, copywriter and marketing experts are free to express their creativity and test out new tools and tricks. Also, try and get a word-of-mouth opinion on the agency, study their portfolio and talk to ex-clients, if possible, to see what the agency has achieved in your industry, quality of work, and values. Thirdly, suss out if they are taking their own advice in marketing. This is easy to tell by googling relevant search terms to see where their website rank, look at their website, social media profiles and content they put out to market their own agency. Price is important but it shouldn’t be the be all, end all factor in hiring a digital marketing agency. Finding the right cultural fit, shared vision, expertise and value for money should trump just dollars and cents. 

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Official FAQ
Official FAQ, Inquisitor at SavvySME

Accounting

How much do CPAs cost per hour on average?

An accountant with a CPA would have years of experience under their belt to get to where they are. You can bet that they won’t be fresh eyed graduates or junior accountants. To be a CPA, an accountant would need to complete the CPA program, have professional working experience for a number of years and maintain their qualification every year. There’s another well-respected certification called Chartered Accountant or CA. Generally, both will be good at growing or turning around businesses and handling complex cases. Naturally, their cost will range in the hundreds per hour. You should expect upwards of $200 per hour if you are consulting. Make sure you understand whether your business needs an accountant with a CPA or CA and who best to hire and engage with. 

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Official FAQ
Official FAQ, Inquisitor at SavvySME

Accounting

How to choose the best accounting firms for your small business?

It depends on what your current needs are, your project or task size and scope, and plans but here are a few factors you should consider when choosing between accounting firms. First, there are different types of accounting firms to consider. At the top you have the “Big 4”, which comprises of the four famous and established full-service firms with a rich history, diverse and top clients as well as the hefty price tag to match it like Ernst & Young and PWC. Next, comes other full-service firms that could be big or small businesses, and they cover every type of accounting and services under one roof. You’ll also find specialised firms, whether big or small companies, specialising in tax, auditing, consulting and strategies, etc. They may or may not provide other accounting services. Secondly, you should look at their experience and qualification. This covers things such as paper qualifications, the type of clients they have, the industries they cover, past achievements and projects. Check up references if possible. If you find them through word of mouth, this is easier. Thirdly, you should look at pricing, taking into account the final cost including extra charges, fees, etc. Each firm will have different pricing structures. As long as they are transparent about their pricing, you can be rest assured that there will be no nasty surprises and you won’t break your budget. Fourth, you need to work with accountants or firms who are aligned with your work ethics and values. This is easy to figure out once you’ve had a couple of meetings or interactions. You’ll share some private financial details with your accountant, so it should be someone you trust and feel comfortable with. Next is looking at who will be handling your business’s accounts or projects. In an accounting firm, you may get several accountants or just one handling it. They can be junior or senior accountants, and this will be reflected in the price. Another factor to consider is their network of contacts. You may need more professionals working on your projects such as restructuring your company, buying and selling a business, etc. They can connect you with the right lawyers, franchise professionals, bookkeepers, and others. Lastly, some may offer value added services at a minimal cost such as financial review, consultations, and tax advice. 

Maria Harutyunyan answered this question

Wendy Huang
Wendy Huang, Full Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes

Lifestyle and Health

Do you know sustralian business that buys second-hand jewelry?

I think that the following website https://www.jaa.com.au/consumers/guidance/selling-your-jewellery will be helpful whether you are looking to sell jewellery in Sydney or anywhere else in Australia, or if you are looking to buy any. 

Maria Harutyunyan answered this question

Ling Lee
Ling Lee, at Digital Marketing and Personal Branding

Product Development

Is there an australian version of Alibaba website for products?

I do not seem to know any Alibaba in Australia, but I do believe you could benefit from Australian products as well. Also, depending on a type of product various websites may come in handy.          

Maria Harutyunyan answered this question

Michaela Clark
Michaela Clark, Virtual Assistant at mi virtual pa

Offline and Direct Marketing

What is the best way to market to tradies?

I believe the best way of marketing for tradies would be using online marketing tools such as emails, social media. I think these would be most effective. 

Maria Harutyunyan answered this question

Nick Chernih
Nick Chernih, Founder at LinkBuildSEO

Virtual Assistance

How much does an australian virtual assistant (VA) cost?

The virtual assistance in Australia, indeed, cost differently than in any other place. The cost of a virtual assistant in Australia depends on the specific job that the specific VA is going to be responsible for. In general, VAs may charge $12-$20 for administrative jobs (such as data entry, but not limited). The more advanced the responsibilities are the higher they will charge you. That's what generally a virtual assistant cost depends on. I would say a cheap virtual assistant would ask for a minimum of $11 in Australia but for less responsible jobs. 

Maria Harutyunyan answered this question

Does anyone know how much TV advertising costs?

The cost of advertising on TV may vary depending on different aspects. In order to understand how much does a TV ad cost, you need to make sure you know the features you want it to have. The length of TV advertising is an important factor that will definitely influence the final cost. So let's understand how much does a tv advert cost for 30 seconds? Statistics show that on average television advertising costs for a 30-second commercial range from $200- $1500.Now, the next thing to understand is the target of the advertisement. The television advertising costs are different for different targets. This is another important factor that may cause the cost of the advertisement to change. So, how much does a TV advert cost for a specific time of a day? It ranges to cost higher early in the mornings, this is when people get up to go to work. Also, after 5:30- 6:00 PM, when people return from work. In these cases, the costs may range from $1000-$2000. How much does a TV commercial cost for a specific demographic of viewers? This may vary since different age groups are interested in their specific TV channels, which have their specific costs. Now the range to this factor would be hard to provide, but I would say it also can range to as low as $200 and as high as $2000 or more. 

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Maria Harutyunyan answered this question

Ling Lee
Ling Lee, at Digital Marketing and Personal Branding

Startup

How much computer programming experience did you have before starting OzBargain?

Good to know about Ozbargain. Nowadays, many entrepreneurs start a business without programming experience and background. For one, the skill can be learned if they have the drive. And another reason is the abundance of local and overseas programmers available. In this growing gig economy, you can easily hire app developers, website programmers, UX designers to build the product you need.

Maria Harutyunyan answered this question

What is a SEO reseller?

 Digital marketing and advertising companies or agencies typically use SEO resellers, who do SEO work for your business, which is then passed off as your agencies' work to your clients. They are a great option if you own a marketing company and need to expand your line of offerings to offer SEO services to your clients, without hiring full-timers or freelancers, which can be costly or hard to manage. You can put in a free quote here to find SEO resellers in Australia   

Maria Harutyunyan answered this question

Official FAQ
Official FAQ, Inquisitor at SavvySME

Digital Marketing

How do you choose the best digital marketing agency for your small business?

 I agree with Eric. While it’s natural to choose based on price, awards and reputation, I think one of the most important factors in selecting a digital marketing agency, is their willingness to listen and collaborate towards a shared goal.They need to be not just interested, but invested in your brand, products, how you do things, customers and competitors. This is because no two business are alike, and a good digital agency will find the time to know you and tailor their approach to each client. This is the building block towards a long-term partnership. Sure, you can hire a “rah-rah” marketing agency, launch a big campaign with decent results and then flicker after. At the end of the day, it’s about working towards a mutual goal and vision. You can also assess the talent they have. This may or may not be easy to spot after several discussions. Awards and recognition may give you some insight but not the full picture. I’d also say that talent has something to do with the agency’s culture. A digital marketing agency that is open to feedback and eagerly learning can mean that their graphic designers, copywriter and marketing experts are free to express their creativity and test out new tools and tricks. Also, try and get a word-of-mouth opinion on the agency, study their portfolio and talk to ex-clients, if possible, to see what the agency has achieved in your industry, quality of work, and values. Thirdly, suss out if they are taking their own advice in marketing. This is easy to tell by googling relevant search terms to see where their website rank, look at their website, social media profiles and content they put out to market their own agency. Price is important but it shouldn’t be the be all, end all factor in hiring a digital marketing agency. Finding the right cultural fit, shared vision, expertise and value for money should trump just dollars and cents. 

Maria Harutyunyan answered this question

Official FAQ
Official FAQ, Inquisitor at SavvySME

Accounting

How much do CPAs cost per hour on average?

An accountant with a CPA would have years of experience under their belt to get to where they are. You can bet that they won’t be fresh eyed graduates or junior accountants. To be a CPA, an accountant would need to complete the CPA program, have professional working experience for a number of years and maintain their qualification every year. There’s another well-respected certification called Chartered Accountant or CA. Generally, both will be good at growing or turning around businesses and handling complex cases. Naturally, their cost will range in the hundreds per hour. You should expect upwards of $200 per hour if you are consulting. Make sure you understand whether your business needs an accountant with a CPA or CA and who best to hire and engage with. 

Maria Harutyunyan answered this question

Official FAQ
Official FAQ, Inquisitor at SavvySME

Accounting

How to choose the best accounting firms for your small business?

It depends on what your current needs are, your project or task size and scope, and plans but here are a few factors you should consider when choosing between accounting firms. First, there are different types of accounting firms to consider. At the top you have the “Big 4”, which comprises of the four famous and established full-service firms with a rich history, diverse and top clients as well as the hefty price tag to match it like Ernst & Young and PWC. Next, comes other full-service firms that could be big or small businesses, and they cover every type of accounting and services under one roof. You’ll also find specialised firms, whether big or small companies, specialising in tax, auditing, consulting and strategies, etc. They may or may not provide other accounting services. Secondly, you should look at their experience and qualification. This covers things such as paper qualifications, the type of clients they have, the industries they cover, past achievements and projects. Check up references if possible. If you find them through word of mouth, this is easier. Thirdly, you should look at pricing, taking into account the final cost including extra charges, fees, etc. Each firm will have different pricing structures. As long as they are transparent about their pricing, you can be rest assured that there will be no nasty surprises and you won’t break your budget. Fourth, you need to work with accountants or firms who are aligned with your work ethics and values. This is easy to figure out once you’ve had a couple of meetings or interactions. You’ll share some private financial details with your accountant, so it should be someone you trust and feel comfortable with. Next is looking at who will be handling your business’s accounts or projects. In an accounting firm, you may get several accountants or just one handling it. They can be junior or senior accountants, and this will be reflected in the price. Another factor to consider is their network of contacts. You may need more professionals working on your projects such as restructuring your company, buying and selling a business, etc. They can connect you with the right lawyers, franchise professionals, bookkeepers, and others. Lastly, some may offer value added services at a minimal cost such as financial review, consultations, and tax advice. 

Maria Harutyunyan answered this question

Wendy Huang
Wendy Huang, Full Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes

Lifestyle and Health

Do you know sustralian business that buys second-hand jewelry?

I think that the following website https://www.jaa.com.au/consumers/guidance/selling-your-jewellery will be helpful whether you are looking to sell jewellery in Sydney or anywhere else in Australia, or if you are looking to buy any. 

Maria Harutyunyan answered this question

Ling Lee
Ling Lee, at Digital Marketing and Personal Branding

Product Development

Is there an australian version of Alibaba website for products?

I do not seem to know any Alibaba in Australia, but I do believe you could benefit from Australian products as well. Also, depending on a type of product various websites may come in handy.          

Maria Harutyunyan answered this question

Michaela Clark
Michaela Clark, Virtual Assistant at mi virtual pa

Offline and Direct Marketing

What is the best way to market to tradies?

I believe the best way of marketing for tradies would be using online marketing tools such as emails, social media. I think these would be most effective. 

Maria Harutyunyan answered this question

Nick Chernih
Nick Chernih, Founder at LinkBuildSEO

Virtual Assistance

How much does an australian virtual assistant (VA) cost?

The virtual assistance in Australia, indeed, cost differently than in any other place. The cost of a virtual assistant in Australia depends on the specific job that the specific VA is going to be responsible for. In general, VAs may charge $12-$20 for administrative jobs (such as data entry, but not limited). The more advanced the responsibilities are the higher they will charge you. That's what generally a virtual assistant cost depends on. I would say a cheap virtual assistant would ask for a minimum of $11 in Australia but for less responsible jobs. 

Maria Harutyunyan answered this question

Does anyone know how much TV advertising costs?

The cost of advertising on TV may vary depending on different aspects. In order to understand how much does a TV ad cost, you need to make sure you know the features you want it to have. The length of TV advertising is an important factor that will definitely influence the final cost. So let's understand how much does a tv advert cost for 30 seconds? Statistics show that on average television advertising costs for a 30-second commercial range from $200- $1500.Now, the next thing to understand is the target of the advertisement. The television advertising costs are different for different targets. This is another important factor that may cause the cost of the advertisement to change. So, how much does a TV advert cost for a specific time of a day? It ranges to cost higher early in the mornings, this is when people get up to go to work. Also, after 5:30- 6:00 PM, when people return from work. In these cases, the costs may range from $1000-$2000. How much does a TV commercial cost for a specific demographic of viewers? This may vary since different age groups are interested in their specific TV channels, which have their specific costs. Now the range to this factor would be hard to provide, but I would say it also can range to as low as $200 and as high as $2000 or more. 

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