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Are you an easy target for cybercrime?

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Protection against cybercrime is vital for ensuring business success. Small businesses have fewer resources and are often pressed for time making them easy targets for scams and cybercrime. Many small businesses don’t believe something will happen to them and therefore have very loose or no security systems and protocols in place. The biggest danger is complacency.
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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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Grit – the success secret sauce

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Have you got the grit to not give up when life gets hard? Can you consistently keep your focus on your goals when you hit a hurdle? Life is full of challenges that make your goals seem difficult. Have you got the perseverance to push on? Dr Angela Duckworth defines this as grit – “perseverance and passion for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future”  Read More

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Be the Boss of Your Time

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Four Steps to a More Productive Day

Time management is an important life skill that we can all constantly reflect and improve on. Practicing strategies and techniques to manage time enables you to embark on new challenges with confidence. Time management is mainly about controlling your environment, rather than allowing your environment to control you. If you tolerate and allow the interruptions and demands of others then you effectively encourage these time management pressures to continue. Although everybody works differently, the following four steps are a framework to enable you be the boss of your time. Read More

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Have you got a marketing plan?

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“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination” Earl Nightingale

Without a marketing plan, any time and money spent on marketing will be making stabs in the dark at drumming up business. For a truly effective marketing strategy, you must evaluate your business and its target audience then create a plan of action and follow through with it. This is something every business, no matter how big or small, needs to have in place. After all, you can’t expect business to just fall in your lap! Read More