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Do more with less

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I think one key part of doing more with less is to be more strategic, to realize what the objectives you’re truly trying to accomplish are and then to drive with greater focus towards those objectives. – Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Small business owners are constantly juggling many balls – marketing, book keeping, sales and administration to name a few. While doing this, they are also performing under pressure – having to attract new customers, scale with growth, tackle operational challenges etc. Juggling is made easier by organisation. How do you rate your organisational skills? How well are you using what you have available? Can you see LESS as an opportunity to be creative rather than an excuse to avoid a challenge? Read More

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Is it time to start your own business?

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“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” Scott Belsky

Do you have an amazing idea? Was it a brilliant ’light bulb’ moment or a concept that you have been brewing for some time? Starting a business is an exciting time but one that should be well planned. Even if you don’t need much money to get started, you will still be investing time and energy so starting off on the right foot is essential. Here are six areas to consider when setting up your business: Read More

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Stop wishing. Start doing

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Make your New Year’s Resolutions happen

There is something about a new year that makes setting resolutions almost impossible to resist. A new year represents a fresh start. It is the anticipation of something new, change and growth. A new year brings with it a chance to break from the regular routines of life, allowing you time to pause and reflect on what was good and bad in the year that has past. Read More

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End of year wrap up

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As 2014 draws to a close, I am energised by the thought of a new year just around the corner. A new year brings with it challenges and opportunities. It also provides a moment to pause and reflect on what worked well in the year that has past and make plans for what need to be improved or changed in the year ahead. The end of the year is a special time for two reasons. I look forward to spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy having the time to reflect on lessons learned, successes and mistakes made and plan what I will change moving forward. Read More

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Are you a business superhero?

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“The most important weapon in your arsenal will be your ability to adapt.” – Batman

Superheroes are inspirational not only because of their super powers but also because of their character traits that mean they stand firm even through the toughest situations. When all the odds are stacked against them, they never give up. These qualities are the super weapons that  make a real superhero. We all have superhero qualities that make it possible for us to do great things and accomplish our goals. It is easy to loose site of the big picture and forget to use the right tools. Read More

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Setting up good foundations to grow

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How systemising your small business by managing your workflow will save you time, give you control and deliver results that enable growth

Do you spend all your time working in your business, not on your business? Is this because you are too busy to do anything about this? As a business grows, things get more complex and it becomes difficult to keep an eye on everything that is happening. Before you know it, mistakes can be made, things forgotten and you feel swamped. It seems easy if you work alone to not prioritise systems as you are not accountable to others. However, here are a few reasons why clarifying workflow systems are the foundations for building a business of any size: Read More

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So you want to start a business

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50 questions to ask yourself before starting into a new business

Before you go any further, ask yourself why? Why do you want to start this business? People start businesses for numerous reasons. Some want to be their own boss, others want to follow their passion, many expect to get rich. Some say it is too risky, you might go into debt and there is no such thing as a work/life balance. On the other hand, being in charge of your own business means each day can be full of new challenges and opportunities and you are the master of your destiny. Can you clarify why you want to take a leap and start your own business? Asking questions is an important part of building a successful business plan.  Read More

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Live your message

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What is your message? What is the purpose of your business and why do you do what you do? What do you feel passionate about? How do you want others to perceive you and your business? How do you deliver your message?

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Fifty empowering and inspirational quotes

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The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation. Benjamin Disraeli

Why do we like quotes? Quotes that you relate to are not generally new information. They are well formed phrases that neatly express what we know or believe. They are bite size snippets of what people have learnt over their life and can act as reminders for values and behaviours that can get lost or forgotten in the whirlwind of life. They can also empower and inspire you to be the person you want to be. Here are just a few motivating words from  variety of sources: Read More

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What problems do you solve?

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Have you asked yourself “What problems do I solve?” This question is the essence of providing a service or products that people need. It is the question that unlocks the direction you want to move towards. It what your customer wants to know. “Can you solve my problem?” Educate prospective customers that you understand their problems, you can solve their problems and you are the best one for them to turn to for the solution they need. Read More