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How to get an “A” for Accountability

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“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” Moliere

Accountability is doing what you say you will do, when you say you will do it, to have the results expected – without having to be prodded, reminded, or rewarded. This however is much easier said than done. We first learned to be accountable to our parents and then other family members. Read More

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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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Is there a magic formula for success?

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The challenge in business is to find the perfect mix between what you do, the strategies you use and the people you serve to achieve success and ensure your business can continue to operate and grow. What works for some, won’t work for others. There is also a little bit of luck and being in the right place at the right time that can affect the results. Success is what we all aspire to but is doesn’t come easily. However, strategically using a few key ingredients can help to overcome obstacles on your business journey. Read More

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12 Tips for Better File Management

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If you are running your own business, you could be juggling a diverse range of tasks at any time of the day involving customers, record keeping, suppliers, production and marketing. The ability to locate your files and data is essential for anyone who uses a computer. On a typical day, you can deal with many different files. You may refer to and edit old ones as well as create and store new ones. What are the rules for creating and storing up your files? How do you keep your files safe? Here are a few questions to ask yourself as well as some tips to assist with better file management. Read More

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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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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